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4.00 | 31 ratings | 8 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Soleil Noir (4:35)
2. L'Arche Des Mutations (9:35)
3. Sur Les Traces Du Vieux Roy (5:03)
4. La Roue (2:34)
5. Le Festin Du Lion Vert (4:45)
6. Massa Confusa (3:21)
7. Le Grand Secret (4:21)
8. Vol Du Phénix (3:58)
Bonus Tracks:
9. Armaggedon (4:23)
10. Robots Dans Le Formol (4:13)
11. Chronos (3:23)

Total Time: 50:11

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Line-up / Musicians

- Pierrick Lebras / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Michel Munier / bass
- Philippe Bersan / vocals, keyboards, percussion (1-8)
- Alain Evrard / percussion, keyboards (10, 11)
- Patrick Renard / drums (10, 11)

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Soleil Zeuhl SZ 01

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ARCHAIA Archaļa ratings distribution


4.00
(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (29%)
29%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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ARCHAIA Archaļa reviews


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Review by Carl floyd fan
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4 stars After Magma I was ready to leave the Zeuhl genre for dead. Soon after my displeasure with that genre, I gave RIO a second chance and liked it. So I decided to give Zeuhl a second chance as well. I had already tried magma and absolutly could not stand them, they were needlessly complex. Sometimes less is more and Archaia proves this point to a T. Yes they are complex but in a way that won't scare off the average listener or without being prententious like similar artists. These guys remind me of Lard Free with the heavy bass and experimental nature. They are fun and orginal, give them a shot!

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Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Review by FruMp
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4 stars A relaxed lysergic stream meandering through an ancietn rockface, Archaia belong to that magical category of bands that having released only one full length to limited acclaim before disbanding, became known and renowned thanks to the advent of the internet. This release doesn't share an awful lot in common with traditional Zeuhl, whilst the bass is the strongest link and some of the melodic themes are recognisable this is without a doubt a psychedelic release. This psychedelic component is very strong yet isn't easily definable as it is largely the sum of it's parts. The production definitely plays a large role though, it is reasonably lo-fi in that there isn't a lot of low end and there is a lot of fuzzed out guitar and in general it is very distant and sparse sounding - delicate would perhaps be an appropriate term (the percussion only approach turns out to be genius in this regard). There is also a palpable malaise which permeates the music, this turned out to be a stoner classic because it's a record that actually relates to the feeling of being stoned unlike any record I've encountered.

I strongly recommend this album, it is one of those weird unique little albums that fills a place in your musical life that nothing else really does, a tranquil other-worldly piece of music.

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Posted Sunday, April 05, 2009

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Archaia play a style of Zeuhl which combines chunky bass lines from Michel Munier (whose skills are on a par with Jannick Top's) with Heldon-influenced synthesiser interventions from Pierrick Lebras and Philippe Bersan. (Pierrick also plays a decent guitar.) Tending slightly towards the creepier, scarier end of Zeuhl, the album shows an impressive mastery of the form which isn't quite on a level where I'd recommend it to people new to the genre - it's not as good as Magma, and since it isn't very accessible I'd recommend listeners become conversant with other Zeuhl groups before trying it - but it's worth a listen for any fan of the form.

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Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011

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3 stars The other reviews of this album suggested a scary experience. Hence, I rigged myself up behind the sofa and with my old teddybear as a spiritual cling on during this supposed spine chilling scary black mass. Well, I should not had bothered. Their music is nowhere near Shub Niggurath's debut alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#498075) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, August 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Archaia may have been Magma fans, but they certainly weren't Magma clones. At last we have a Zeuhl album without the bombast, where a drumless Magma meets a stringless Universe Zero. All drums have been sacked in favour of an altogether more creepy Zeuhl sound. Sinister, with elements that conju ... (read more)

Report this review (#304313) | Posted by Dobermensch | Friday, October 15, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The sound of a black mass you'd wish you were at, or glad you weren't. It depends. I would probably have chickened out and ran all the way home to mommy...crying. Archaļa sounds somewhat ancient and timeless simultanously. Just like the name suggests, but it also feels new, fresh and unlike an ... (read more)

Report this review (#101439) | Posted by Rocktopus | Saturday, December 02, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Archaia is a band that is really difficult to be put under one genre. Their only album (self- titled) released in 1977 is a mixture of abstract soundscapes from psychedelic rock, effects, strange keys and vocals that remind you of kraut rock, heavy bass lines that remind you of zeuhl, odd sound ... (read more)

Report this review (#95312) | Posted by sularetal | Saturday, October 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album is often given the Zeuhl label, which I believe may be an exaggeration - yes, of course, they were influenced by Magma; and that unmistakable Zeuhl bass sound is very much present, but Archaia seems to be equally influenced by other French bands of the 70s such as Flamen Dialis and ... (read more)

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