This rare progressive rock album is now a minor collectors' item. Musically we're talking excellent atmospheric organ-led progressive rock. In particular, Blitz, a haunting, doomy track, is memorable and the band could be considered to have a sort of heavy Nice sound. All the tracks were written by T. Bronsdon, who presumably led the band and it's surprising that they weren't snapped up by a major label. Had they been they might have fared better.
Here is a gem from the Early British Progressive Rock Movement, unfortunately it was both a painstaking as a hardly impossible task to find information from this elusive band. Bram Stoker was a one shot band that released their album in 1972 under the title Heavy Rock Spectacular. In 1999 the label Audio Archive released the album with the same tracks but a different cover (to be seen along with this review) as a reissue CD, a year later the label Black Widow released it with the original artwork and in 2003 the label Akarma released it as CD reissue in a mini LP gatefold sleeve.
The eight melodic and dynamic compositions are Hammond organ drenched, the electric guitar is often distorted (fuzz) delivering some fiery soli but in general it is on the background. Bram Stoker their sound has elements from Atomic Rooster (Born to be free), ELP (Fast decay) and often Beggar's Opera, mainly due to the classical organ sound (for example Bach's Toccata In D-Fuga in Fast Decay and the long Fingal's Cave) and the pleasant vocals. The track Blitz has some Spanish flavored guitar undertones and sounds a bit dark. The final, horror-like song Poltergeist features floods of classical inspired organ.
T. Bronsdon / all instruments
1. Born to be free (3:43)
2. Ants (3:48)
3. Fast decay (3:49)
4. Blitz (5:33)
5. Idiot (4:28)
6. Fingal's cave (7:42)
7. Extensive corrosion (4:19)
8. Poltergeist (4:35)
Brought to the forefront of publicity was musical atmosphere dark and foreboding – you can thank Sabbath, Black Widow, Lucifer’s Friend, Atomic Rooster, Buffalo and a few others for that – and in all respects was the death bell of summers of love. The minds behind Heavy Rock Spectacular are as forgotten as their sole offering, for it offers no insight as to whom or how many created it, and a source names T. Bronson one culprit, but if he did anything afterward, it’s just as undiscovered.
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)