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In my mind, ZOMBI's SPIRIT ANIMAL is an absolute hit. I am a huge, appreciative fan of keyboards and synths that have that classic 80's and early 90's retrograded sound to them, and that's what is given exquisitely to the listener from 2 wonderful composers STEVE MOORE and A.E PATERRA who are largely influenced by other classic electronic prog composers like GOBLIN and TANGERINE DREAM. Essentially if you are a fan of GOBLIN, TANGERINE DREAM and even VANGELIS for that matter, you will absolutely love ZOMBI with this album release. Heck, this is an album that was released in 2009 but sounds like it could have come out in 1991. Let's be clear though, this album is not entirely retrofitted for the retro crazed listener. There is a strong element of modernity in the sound of the acoustic guitar and Bass and Drums by MOORE and PATERRA. ' For instance, the 2nd track SPIRIT WARRIOR consists of very modern sounding electric and acoustic guitars with a very non dated bass sound as well. Overall. A very good track and a nice take on how you can combine a very retro 80's sounding synth with modern sounding guitars and bass not to mention, drums as well.'

Meanwhile, listeners may be slightly Dissapointed with SPIRIT WARRIOR guitars sounding a lot like the 17min epic track THROUGH TIME, which is the last track on the album and a creative finish to a solid instrumental album. Anyway, it's really the synth and keyboards that really tie everything together and make each track very attractive sounding. Even the 3rd track, EARTHLY POWERS has somewhat of a jazz like feel to it while COSMIC POWERS (track 4) is Darker and more brooding like SPIRIT WARRIOR with its guitars and drumming. Very fast too!

Above all. Let's just get into the real heart of the album and that is the epic 14min opening track SPIRIT ANIMAL. For me, this is an instrumental that I live for. It has an incredible and ethereal modern and retro sounding syths and keys with beautiful ambient soundscapes accompanied by awesome, powerful drums and electric guitars. You cannot ask for anything more here, especially if your in love with 80's sounding synths. Also, with the deep ambient elements in ZOMBI's overall sound there can be traces of a space rock feel in the music resembling the likes of PINK FLOYD. Sound intriguing to you? Good. Go buy this album and blast it. You won't be sorry. This is a well composed and well structured album where by all 5 tracks are very good and encourage you to drift off and think about the unknown with its groovy soundscapes, which is essentially the whole point of this album and this style of music. Enjoy proggers. MOORE and PATERRA's SPIRIT ANIMAL is getting a at 4/5. It's terrific. So what are you waiting for? Go drift off into la la land and enjoy yourself. :)

progbethyname | 4/5 |


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