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THE VISION, THE SWORD AND THE PYRE - PART II

Eloy

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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2.81 | 50 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. An Instant of Relief... Still The War Rages On (6:28)
2. Between Hope, Doubts, Fear And Uncertainty (2:12)
3. Patay (5:23)
4. Joy (3:45)
5. Reims... The Coronation of Charles VII (2:29)
6. Résumé (2:44)
7. Armistice or War? (4:25)
8. Paris (3:47)
9. Abandoned (4:43)
10. Compiègne (5:10)
11. Tormenting Imprisonment (2:25)
12. Rouen (4:40)
13. Eternity (3:38)

Total time 51:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Fank Bornemann / lead & backing vocals, guitars, composer, production & mixing
- Hannes Folberth / keyboards
- Michael Gerlach / keyboards
- Klaus-Peter Matziol / bass
- Stephan Emig / drums

With:
- Artur Kühfuss / keyboards (1,3)
- Laila Nysten / vocals (1)
- The Youth Choir of The Market Church, Hannover / backing vocals (1,5)

Releases information

Artwork: Michael Narten

CD Artist Station Records ‎- ASR 331902 (2019, Germany)

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ELOY The Vision, The Sword and The Pyre - Part II ratings distribution


2.81
(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
26%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

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Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
2 stars Through the ravages of time, a lengthy creative funk, and a blinding obsession with one specific historical figure, Frank Bornemann has engineered himself into a sonic straitjacket so tight that it would make a first generation MRI machine seem like an agoraphobic nightmare by comparison. One can only hope he has well and truly gotten Jeanne D'Arc out of his system at this point, as I cannot bear any more tedious narratives, vocals apparently meant to simulate Siri without the emotion, and numbing linearity with nary a teaser of a melody or creative shift. I hope it was cathartic for Frank at least because it leaves me hopelessly congested and rushing for my copy of "Colours".

Remarkably, Part II actually marks a slight improvement over its predecessor, as ELOY appear more comfortable moving within this highly restricted frame. Sure, we would love for "Between Hope, Doubts, Fear and Uncertainty" to do more than start like a classic ELOY song, but yes it's a start. Ditto for "Patay" and "Joy", which both could be outtakes from "Silent Cries..", if not for the cramped vocal range that neuters any hope for a new ELOY "classic" at this late date. This Achilles' heel permeates virtually every track, that fleeting nostalgic shiver banished all too soon once the band settles in to support Frank's stilted expositions. It's therefore not surprising that "Reims" projects the best of what Part II can offer, dominated by a choir from Hannover that offers a respite from the smothering monotony. So, the song that sounds least like ELOY. Sad.

I have struggled to assess whether this ambitious project might have worked better as a documentary, feature film, multimedia performance, or some other setting hitherto unexplored, but it's dominated too much by Frank Bornemann's voice, which I loved in its prime but can no longer endorse. Therefore "The Vision the Sword and the Pyre" lives and dies by Frank's ability to sing his devotion to the epic. Unfortunately, his voice has absconded and failed his heroine's legacy.

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1 stars This is an awful, awful, awful, awful, awful album. Even worse than their last. Frank is getting worse as a singer, and that's all that he does on this album. The album is just short songs with terrible fadeouts and absolutely no traces of symphonic sounds or spacey rock. The songs are boring ... (read more)

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