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erik neuteboom
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4 stars This is a Swiss five piece band with additional musicians on flute, saxophone, cello and even a child-choir. The bass player was in Clepsydra

1. Promenade (Part I - Om) (1:28) : A short opener that sounds very atmospheric.

2. Yin And Yang (10:47) : Lots of varietation in this long composition, from dreamy with piano and warm vocals and a piece that sounds like a sound-collage (including ticking Swiss clocks) to swinging with expressive vocals, a slow rhythm with a buzzing bass and a sumptuous final part with biting wah-wah guitar and floods of Hammond organ. It all sounds very elaboborate and flowing and there is lot of tension and dynamics.

3. The City (4:25) : Again lots of varietation, from catchy piano work to a fluent rhythm with fiery guitar and the cynical sounding vocals, really an extra dimension on this CD!

4. Devil' Siesta (3:59) : First a wailing cello sound, then a dreamy atmosphere with Peter Gabriel-like vocals and tasteful keyboards.

5. The Cathedral (4:18) : This song rocks: a catchy rhythm, a lush Hammond sound, fat synthesizer flights and a fine break and bombastic grand finale.

6. New1c (12:43) : It starts with a slow rhythm that contains dreamy saxophone, then an accelllaration with organ and fiery wah-wah guitar, followed by an intricate piece with violin-Mellotron and propulsive guitar riffs, very captivating! The final part delivers a dreamy climate with flute, saxophne and twanging guitars.

7. Promenade (Part II - On Stage) (4:30) : An instrumental song with a tight beat, base dupon tasteful interplay between guitar and keyboards.

8. I Ching (6:31) : First a Chinese inspired atmosphere with swinging bass and modern sounding keyboards, then an ominous climate with theatrical vocals, followed by bombastic guitar and keyboards, great interplay! Finally we can enjoy a lush bombastic grand finale with sparkling keyboards,propulsive guitar riffs and inspired vocals.

9. Promenade (Part III - Underground) (1:14) : A short instrumental with the sound of streaming water and fragile work on the slide- guitar.

10. Surrender (14:08) : The final composition is the longest and layered with strong musical ideas and varietion. I am delighted about the middle part that sounds like a tribute to the middle-part of Supper's Ready by Genesis: a dynamic organ solo, in an exciting way blended with sensational synthesizer flights, sensitive guitar and warm vocals, very compelling!

Zenit their sound is between 'classical symphonic progressive rock' like Genesis and Art-rock with bands that blend rock with surprising musical ideas and several styles. Highly recommended!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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