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A Swiss unit ELYSIUM are known as an obscure one-off rock sextet founded in late 70s by André DVORAK (keyboards), Reinhard PFÄNDER (guitars), Herbert HEINI (drums, percussion), Antonio PERRETTA (bass), Beat BLASER (flute, percussion), and Pino PANDURI (vocals, guitars, bass). They released their one and only album titled "Fogdays" in 1981 via a Swiss independent label NSS Records and disappeared without any notice. "Fogdays", sold for a high price as a 'very rare' item for a long while, has been reissued / rereleased via an Italian label Hitland in 1999 finally.

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 Fogdays by ELYSIUM album cover Studio Album, 1981
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Elysium Crossover Prog

Review by mickcoxinha

4 stars Interesting album from a very unknown Swiss band. The sound of the album is very characteristic for an early 80s release, particularly the drums and synth sounds, giving it a certain neo-prog feel.

The main elements of the album are that the songs are more on the mellow and atmospheric side, with long passages dominated by string synths and either flute or guitar soloing. Not that there aren't more energetic or aggressive bits, but they are not predominant. There are some acoustic passages here and there as well, but the keyboards are the main instrument. The vocals are emotional and have a good link to Italian prog bands of the 70s.

As for the songs, the best ones are the four songs over seven minutes, with long instrumental passages and changes. After Eight is the one that pleases me most because there is a good balance between atmospheric and energetic passages, with lots of different synth sounds. Even the shorter songs are good, just less "prog" than the others.

Since it is a rare album, I wouldn't say it is an album every prog fan should seek, but if you come across it, it is a great purchase, especially for those who like symphonic and neo- prog.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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