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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ardeur (2:33)
2. Couvert de gloire (4:28)
3. Pierre et l'ange (4:04)
4. Attente (6:38)
5. Dagon (10:07)
6. Un certain passage (6:50)
7. Eskaton (6:05)
bonus tracks from EP
8. Le chant de la terre (6:25)
9. If (4:24)

Total Time : 51:40


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Line-up / Musicians

- Andre Bernardi / bass
- Paule Klaynnaert / voices
- Amara Tahir / voices
- Gerard Konig / drum
- Gilles Rozenberg / guitar, organ and synth
- Marc Rozenberg / piano fender, acoustic piano
- Patrick Lemercier / violin on 1 and 6

- Eric Guillaume / KB on bonus tracks
- André Blesing / guitars on bonus tracks

Releases information

Lp - Musique Post Atomique-E 38001Fra-1980

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ESKATON Ardeur ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars ESKATON have slimmed down from an 8 piece band to a 6 piece band for this recording. There are guest musicians adding violin, piano and guitar although the piano and guitar were both played on the final two tracks that weren't originally on this album, but were the "a" and "b" sides of a single the band released.

The first song "Ardeur" is an uptempo track with steady drums and vocal melodies right off the bat. We get some guest violin melodies as well. The song calms right down with some organ before reverting back to the original melody. Good song. "Couvert De Gloire" features keys and vocals that sound especially good 1 1/2 minutes in. These two ladies can sing ! The song ends in dramatic fashion with a collage of sounds. This is my least favourite song here, but it's still well done. "Pierre Et L'Ange" is another uptempo song with drums, vocals and piano leading the way. Synths are prominant late but check out the melody 2 minutes in. "Attente" was also on the "4 Visions" album and is catchy with a great sound. The drums, synths, vocals and piano shine. The vocal lines late in the song are fantastic. "Dagon" has a spacey intro with pulsating keys, vocals and light drums eventually taking over. The vocals and keys join each other in a beautiful arrangment. The song breaks out before 5 1/2 minutes as a good beat with great drumming leads the way. It's hard not to move to this song at this point. Originally this was the final song on the album and I can understand why.

"Un Certain Passage" is mellow to begin with as violin, vocals and keys create the soundscape. Eventually the vocals, light drums and violin make such a beautiful melody, so uplifting. The song then starts to intensify before settling back down to end it. "Eskaton" is the other song that was on "4 Visions". This is my favourite with the ANEKDOTEN-like guitar melodies that come and go. This song has a great sound to it and it's also heavier. I also love the way the two vocalsists are singing different parts at the same time. Just an amazing song. The first bonus track is a definite let down after hearing "Eskaton". Good bass lines though and the keys and drums are certainly active. "If" opens with the sound of wind blowing as organ comes in and the beat becomes relentless.The vocals come and go, mostly they just go. This is a very good song from the band, it must have been the "a" side single.

Yukorin the Zeuhl expert, when comparing this album to "4 Visions" said "I prefer the rougher, younger sister "Ardeur". And it's hard for me not to agree. They both are "must haves" as far as i'm concerned. And how can you pick one sister over the other ? Pick them both up.


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Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

First album proper (read: released as a vinyl and marketed properly) from Eskaton, Ardeur (fervour) takes from where 4 Vision had left things. The group has lost guitarist Blésing and keyboardist Guillaume as members, and failed to replace them, which actually limits the group's capacities in terms of variety, even if violinist Lemercier comes in on two tracks. As opposed to the debut album, the lion's share of the songs is written by Marc Rozenberg, leaving just two songs to bassist Bernardi. But counting the two bonus Bernardi tracks from a previous EP, the balance evens out a bit more.

What we have here is a Magma-derivate and unfortunately Ardeur, unlike 4 Vision or Fiction later, it fails to build its own personality, especially in the vocals dept, where you'd swear Stella and the gang finally had time to take up French to sing on this album. Music-wise Ardeur is closest to Udu Wudu with a huge bass sound, and the usual Zeuhl traits without any surprise, if you'll except the unusual intro of Pierre Et L'Ange and some bits of the otherwise too-long Dagon. Lemercier does bring in a much-needed breath of fresh air with his violin in Un Certain Passage, but this is the only noticeable contribution of his. Apparently the group wasn't happy with their eponymous track on 4V and decided to give it another shot. Can't tell you which is better, though!

Included here are two bonus tracks from a two-tracks EP Musique Post-Atomique that was released prior to Ardeur and recorded with the full 4 Vision line-up. Chant De La Terre (Song Of The Earth) is a funky version of Zeuhl, stylistically halfway between their debut album and this one. If starts on windy sounds then flies on a war march at speed of light, with entertaining patterns with both Rozenberg brothers soaring with their respective organ and electric piano and wordless scats from the two singing graces Amara and Paule.

This might come a bit as a surprise, but I think Ardeur is Eskaton's weaker album, preferring Fiction's unconventional and innovative Zeuhl or the debut album. What strikes most with Ardeur, is that the group makes no effort at all to distance themselves from the Kobaian galaxy, except in the two bonus tracks.


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Posted Thursday, February 07, 2008

Review by Warthur
4 stars This one was recorded after 4 Visions but released earlier - 4 Visions having been hampered by its uncommercial structure. So, the band boiled down their Magma worship into smaller, bite-size chunks (though there is one longer song on here in the form of the 10 minutes long Dagon), but the tight song lengths does not mean they don't capture the style of classic Magma wonderfully. Eskaton set themselves apart from their inspiration by a more prominent inclusion of modern synthesisers into their music, but otherwise create an album which will appeal to most Magma fans - and whilst it doesn't measure up to Magma's absolute best works, it gives the likes of Udu Wudu a run for their money and I'd say it's clearly superior to Attahk.


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3 stars The second album from Eskaton continues in the same vein as the debut album. For those who loves Magma, Eskaton is another band they should engross themselves in. On this album, place themselves as a middle of the road Zeuhl band. The music is driven by female vocals, some very pulsating Hamm ... (read more)

Report this review (#372877) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars All right, so what we have here is a little Magmaesque Zeuhl brought back to planet Earth. I hear reminders of second generation King Crimson throughout as well, so in that respect, I'd say that Eskaton expands outside of the Zeuhl realm in a way that Magma does not. Some people with an immediat ... (read more)

Report this review (#170649) | Posted by kabright | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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