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Progressive Electronic

3.09 | 25 ratings

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4 stars Cosmos is the debut album by Zombi, and it isn't any different from anything that they would release over the remainder of the decade. Spacey, heavy, and energetic. Zombi have a way of creating a unique take on the Force Majeure-era Tangerine Dream sound by combining Geddy Lee/Chris Squire-esque heavy bass playing with demanding Neil Peart-like percussion, all strung together by dark synths and the occasional mellotron.

The first three tracks are all energetic robo-synth rock that are great for setting the album off on a great start, but are ultimately unimportant for the album as a whole. "Serpens" begins with the spacey sound that dominates the last few tracks, and consists of soaring synths over a repetitive bassy sequencer, and becomes dramatically like symphonic prog near the end. "Gemini" is a definite standout track - space-like synths and powerfully bassy drones make up the first half, accentuated by cosmic winds, ocean waves, and distant resonances. The second half of "Gemini" picks up pace with speedy drums and funky bass (really recalling jazz-funk- fusion from the '70s) while synths fly high above all of the organic action. "Taurus" is the longest and least accessible track on the album, and is characterized completely by experimental space-noises, electrified bass-drum pulse, cascading dissonant synth melodies and popping frequencies, with no organic percussion to be found. "Gemini" is a track most like Phaedra-era Tangerine Dream, but with much more modern production, and is very beautiful and establishes a wonderful cosmic atmosphere.

As the case has been with Zombi releases, this album is great. This electronic symphonic progressive rock with a remarkably powerful edge would be greatly suited towards people who would like to find an entrance into the world of progressive electronic but feel uncomfortable without any strong rock-related roots, but really, I would highly recommend this album packed full of cosmic energy to anyone.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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