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Monday, March 2, 2009

Eloy - Ocean (1977)

Eloy are one of few German prog rock bands that got international recognition in the 70's. Ocean is their 6th release, and by many seen as their best release. Musically Ocean is somewhat different from their other releases. The album has 4 long, epic tracks on it, it's a concept album, and the main musical focus is the use of various kinds of synths. All the songs contain extensive use of synths, layers of different kinds of synths are everpresent in the songs. Synths here including hammond and mellotron, to make the description easier. There's floating synths in the back of the soundscapes, synth soloing overlaying or underscoring other instruments, electronically enhanced voices, synth sounds and noises added for effect...and the songs are dominated by this. Fleshing out the soundscapes are some good, excellently played bass lines; high class drumming and percussion from start to finish, and some well planned and performed guitar work. The only weak aspect on this release are the vocals, where the lack in range, flat delivery and heavy accent that for some is a part of the charm with this group; but for others is the one element that is offputting. The guitar work may sound a bit similar to Pink Floyd at times; but apart from that element the sound here is pretty unique. All the above elements are combined in 4 long, epic, spacey and dreamy songs; with some psychedelic moments to them as well; which is especially true of the last track on this album. All the songs have a good flow to them, always intriguing and always progressing excellently. This release is a "must have" purchase for most people into synth heavy symphonic and spacey prog rock; and anyone fond of long dreamy soundscapes will find this album to be a treat as well. - Progarchives

Frank Bornemann - Guitars, Vocals
Klaus-Peter Matziol - Basses, Vocals
Jürgen Rosenthal - Drums, Percussion, Flute
Detlev Schmidtchen - Keyboards, Mellotron, Xylophone, Voice

1. Poseidon's Creation (11:38)
2. Incarnation of the Logos (8:25)
3. Decay of the Logos (8:15)
4. Atlantis' Agony at June 5th - 8498, 13 p.m. Gregorian Earthtime (15:35)

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