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French band formed in the 70's by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Richard Pinhas (sometimes called the 'French Fripp'), synth player Patrick Gauthier, drummer François Auger and scores of other musicians dropping in and out over the course of six albums between '74 and '79. Their sound could best be described as a mixture of Frippian guitars with the cold, icy prog of KING CRIMSON and the hypnotic drones of CAN over a harsh, aggressive electronic background.

Their six first albums range from fairly spacy and quiet ("Allez Teia") to brain-searing sonic attacks ("Interface"). The easiest one to get into and most recommended to neophytes is "Stand By", their strongest effort todate. It is the least chaotic and most CRIMSON-like of the lot yet still features Pinhas' frenzied/tortured guitar play that verges on heavy metal in spots, complete with growling bass and guttural vocals. In 1998, Pinhas has tried to revive the band with an album called "Only Chaos Is Real", featuring French SF-writers Maurice Dantec and Normand Spinrad (their voices digitally treated) as well as trash singer David Korn. This album isn't quite in tune with the rest, sounding more like 'punk meets techno'. Overall, the music of the original six albums is dark and cold, yet fascinating and intense. It combines the elements of the French and German schools of electronic into something uniquely. HELDON.

Fans of WEIDORJE will likely enjoy thieir material. Certainly not recommended to fans of Jean-Michel JARRE.

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InterfaceInterface
Cuneiform 1995
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Stand ByStand By
Cuneiform 1995
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Allez TeiaAllez Teia
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Electronique Guerilla / It's Only Rock 'N' RollElectronique Guerilla / It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
Cuneiform 1995
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Agneta NilssonAgneta Nilsson
Cuneiform 1995
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Un Reve Sans Consequence SpecialeUn Reve Sans Consequence Speciale
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Un Reve Sans Consequence SpecialeUn Reve Sans Consequence Speciale
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InterfaceInterface
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3.50 | 39 ratings
Électronique Guérilla
1974
3.46 | 28 ratings
Heldon II: Allez Teia
1975
2.89 | 22 ratings
It's Always Rock And Roll
1975
3.80 | 36 ratings
Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson
1976
3.38 | 25 ratings
Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale
1976
3.57 | 41 ratings
Interface
1978
3.93 | 67 ratings
Stand By
1979
1.97 | 11 ratings
Only Chaos Is Real
1998

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Well And Alive In France: Live In Nancy 1979
2006
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Live Electronik Guerilla: Paris 1975-1976
2006

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Soutien à la RAF
1975
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Perspectives
1976

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 Stand By by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.93 | 67 ratings

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Stand By
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars If I could think of an album in the electronic/prog category, that would appeal to non-followers of this world, it will be undoubtly "Stand By", one of Heldon's best works. This one alone travels the routes, that somehow, now are such a novelty. Having listened to a lot of new bands of the after Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson) era, I went back in my collection to re-listen to this 1979 Heldon project. I was right, this work outlined a lot of what now are considered "new" Prog genres. Outlined and predicted in those early years. Of course there is no sticking to a particular genre, but pre-defining, at least four different ones (neo-prog, post-math, post-metal, heavy-prog and brushing with the Canterburies, eclectics, and Rio/AGs, or simply Hyper/crossover). Now, that all this can happen in a 3 song album that lasts less than 45 minutes, is something to praise and recommend. This was done, of course, without that kind of irrelevant purpose. It has to do more as an outgrowing development in basically Richard Pinhas ( Heldon's headmaster) compositional skills. This record is a consequence of this and it shows it entirely. Mr. Pinhas just the year before released one of his best solo works "Chronolyze" and Heldon's "Interface". He was on a streak of high creativity and "Stand By" by luck (for us), got the best of that. Therefore each song travels simmultaneously a different route, never felt until you are there in the middle of each song, and realize that Heldon's language is covering a lot of spaces, which at the time were non strictly electronic/prog material and now could even be considered new. WOW! ****4.5 near to perfect and way ahead of its own time in the Prog world, PA stars.

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  Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.80 | 36 ratings

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Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Heldon's fourth studio album can be a challenging experience, even for listeners not unfamiliar with the band's extreme musical agenda. But it was here that Richard Pinhas finally distilled the influences he always openly acknowledged (the minimalism of FRIPP & ENO; the synthesized frontiers of contemporary Krautrock) into something uniquely his own.

All but one of the album's five tracks are named 'Perspective', a necessary requirement for hearing the album without losing hold of your sanity. (The odd man out is the three-minute 'Bassong': a gently unplugged cleansing of the aesthetic palate before the side-long sonic nightmare of 'Perspective IV'.) Compared to other Heldon psychodramas it's a relatively subdued endeavor, at least over the first half of the album. But the uneasy quiet of Side One (in vinyl terms) does little to mask the undercurrent of menace lurking just beyond earshot, like a slowly burning fuse snaking toward the keg of TNT hidden on Side Two.

'Perspective I' lights the match with subtle authority, underneath a near-subliminal yet melodic fog of ominous synthesizers. And no Heldon album would be complete without a nod to the radical politics of the era, here reserved for 'Perspective III', subtitled 'Baader Meinhof Blues': an act of musical agitation built around some of the most distinctive guitar work yet heard from Pinhas, improvised over an urgent, aggressive sequencer pattern. The band's range is even better revealed in the episodic 'Perspective IV', filling all of Side Two on the original LP. Two of its three sub-sections borrow their titles from the previous Heldon album, 'It's Always Rock and Roll' (1975), but don't expect to hear any similarities between them.

Hardcore Heldonistas might remember the calm, aquatic guitars of the 1975 'Virgin Swedish Blues', suggesting a gentler variation of Fripp & Eno's 'Swastika Girls'. But for its encore appearance here (perhaps meant to counterbalance the earlier 'Baader Meinhof Blues') the track becomes a cathartic, one-chord blitzkrieg of furious jamming, finally allowing the rhythm section to slip its leash and go on a bloody rampage. The medley concludes with the hyperactive 'Psylocybine', taking its name, all-too appropriately, from the scientific term for psychedelic mushrooms, and ending with the abruptness of a severed lifeline.

The schizophrenic attack of the album's latter half is impressive, but the quieter opening tracks are no less confrontational, pioneering an ambient/industrial style years ahead of their time. It all adds up to the perfect adventure for intrepid fellow travelers willing to brave the outer limits of inner space electronica, well worth the effort needed to survive it from start to finish.

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 Heldon II: Allez Teia by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.46 | 28 ratings

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Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Don't be misled by the cinéma vérité brutality of the cover art, better suited to a Dead Kennedys LP than to a European Prog Rock album circa 1975. The second studio effort by guitarist Richard Pinhas and friends is (most of the time) actually a surprisingly mellow, almost soothing experience.

The album saw Pinhas continuing his efforts to erect a musical shrine honoring his role model Robert Fripp, believe it or not going so far as to name the album opener "In the Wake of King Fripp" (I can imagine the Crimson King shaking his bespectacled head in polite embarrassment). The track is one of several gorgeous pieces of music here, a gently unfolding study of subtle, hypnotic electric guitar textures and understated mellotron strings.

But elsewhere the album can be almost ridiculously imitative. The oddly titled "Omar Diop Blondin" (named after a militant Sénégalese activist) is an unashamed rip-off of the title track from the FRIPP & ENO album "Evening Star", released earlier the same year. The silver lining is that Pinhas could handle his guitar (and his synthesizers) with as much sensitivity and almost equal skill as his idol across the English Channel, adding a near- Krautrock awareness of radical experimentation that Fripp himself might have endorsed.

That more Teutonic side of Heldon surfaces on the album's flip side, notably during "Fluence: Continuum Mobile / Disjonction Inclusive". The name may not have the same obsequious ring as "In the Wake of King Fripp", but it's still one of the great Industrial- Ambient synth-rock track titles of all time, perfectly matching the cinematic drone of the song itself. Even better is the dark but melodic mood piece "St. Mikael Samstag am Abends": another musical refugee from the other side of the River Rhine (a better name for it might have been "In the Wake of King Froese").

There isn't a drum within earshot to interrupt the (sometimes uneasy) calm throughout the album, and the two brief interludes of unadorned acoustic guitar sound almost alarming from such a notorious musical provocateur. You'll have to look elsewhere for the usual Heldon electroshock therapy; this one has the alluring bedside manner of a well-disguised boa constrictor.

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 Électronique Guérilla by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.50 | 39 ratings

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Électronique Guérilla
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars Guitarist Richard Pinhas made no secret of his radical politics, and the first album from his new musical collective likewise must have sounded like an act of protest in 1974. To Pinhas, art was both a mirror and a hammer, and in this initial outing he wielded both with sometimes clumsy enthusiasm.

A few of the track titles boldly proclaimed his activism (one namechecked the head of the French Communist Party; another was dedicated to a Spanish anarchist recently murdered by the Franco government). But the music itself was even more rebellious, at least by 1974 standards: primitive electronica with (King) Crimson-colored guitar embellishment. Like Italy's Franco Falsini (main man of the band SENSATIONS' FIX) Pinhas was outspoken in his admiration of ROBERT FRIPP, sometimes to an almost parasitic degree. But his own musical style was actually closer aligned with the Krautrockers of the time, perhaps more so than a Frenchman would care to admit.

Instead of employing his synthesizer like a steroid-injected lead organ, Pinhas and crew used the new equipment more for texture and atmosphere, although here it sounds like they were learning on the job, while the tapes were rolling. Fully half the album shows evidence of overexcited knob twiddling, mostly during the two longer tracks: "Circulus Vitiosus" and the self- titled "Back to Heldon". By comparison, the understated guitars in "Northernland Lady" and "Ballade pour Puig Antich" hide their age remarkably well. Ditto the hypnotic monologue of 'Quais Marchais...etc", the only selection to feature a drummer.

It's safe to say the album isn't as fresh as it used to be, partly because the cybernetic repetition of all those sequencers was already becoming a cliché in 1974. But looking back from our current age of digital conformity there's still plenty to admire here, beyond the now somewhat charming naïveté of the technology itself. Age and distance may have blunted the album's political convictions, but here and elsewhere the music of Heldon anticipated modern trends in ambient drone culture by several decades.

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 Stand By by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.93 | 67 ratings

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Stand By
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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3 stars One of the first and most powerful examples of where progressive rock and early electronic music collide with vigor.

Stand By is a mammoth of purely interesting electronic rock that shows definite talent in the musicians, but, in my opinion, doesn't always work. The intent and promise is there, but kind of seems too overly epic for its own good.

Immediately, it becomes obvious that this album is very powerful as "Bolero" pounds its way through the speakers with a Mahler- or Shostakovich-esque force combined with an increasingly ham-fisted Force Majeure-like acoustic percussion. It's not a bad track, and has a very commendable amount of worthy proggy moments, but it often seems too unrelentingly epic to the point where they seem to be trying way too hard to be so much more rock than is necessary. Also, I really think Pinhas is a great and innovative guitarist, but I'm not sold on the post-Hendrix soloing method he employs during the last half of the track. There are also a few funk-ish moments that sound similar to what a Tangerine Dream/Goblin collaboration may have sounded like, which doesn't really work too well in my opinion.

"Une Drole de Journee" is slightly more subdued in needless synth orchestral epicness, but this is dampened by the continuously heavy-handed drummer and wonky avant-rock moments. This track is very disjointed in composition and is abound with arbitrary confusion, like the opening vocals that start this track of sounding like an electronic zeuhl experiment (which could honestly be done successfully if given more attention) and a random moment of empty bubbling that serves no purpose.

The title track is the heaviest and rockiest track on the album, strong with the sharp electric rock guitar soloing and pounding drums flowing at a pace similar to most sludgy doom metal. It doubles its speed near the half way point and becomes a noisy and flashy metal showoff powerhouse that simply sounds like self-destruction. However, the bass on this track is very thick and intense; it sounds great and is the single most interesting element of this track, but it doesn't save the song entirely.

This was my very first Heldon album and I've been listening to it off and on for almost two years now, and I feel bad that it hasn't grown on me at all considering the amount of praise it has received. Regardless, it does have its moments. Their other, less heavy albums seem more interesting and compositionally complete, but I do think Stand By is a good jumping off point for fans of progressive rock looking to get into progressive electronic, only because of it's profound rockiness.

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 Stand By by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.93 | 67 ratings

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Stand By
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Far and away the best Heldon album, Stand By takes Interface's intoxicating mixture of proto- Industrial, Krautrock, mid-1970s King Crimson and a little bit of Zeuhl and melds all the influences on that album into a singular and unique sound. Synthesisers and guitars blare forth and it's hard to tell which of the two are more aggressive, particularly on the standout title track, a dizzying rapid-fire tour through everything that made the band great. Simply put, this is Richard Pinhas' masterpiece, a seamless fusion of the most violent outgrowths of hard rock and electronic music into a nightmarish, unstoppable killing machine. Handle with care, because this one is explosive.

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 Interface  by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.57 | 41 ratings

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Interface
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Heldon make the transition into full-on industrial rock here, though with enough of their old Krautrock and Robert Fripp influences intact to keep prog audiences happy. Tracks like Jet Girl integrate industrial noise into the band's music perfectly, taking the experiments of Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale to the next level, whilst the closing epic Interface is a pulsing maelstrom of synthesiser and wailing guitar. (The classic rock and roll riff the song closes with is a mild suggestion as to the strange sense of humour at play here). One of Heldon's most challenging and original works, demanding the listener's full attention and rewarding it handsomely.

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 Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.38 | 25 ratings

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Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Continuing the Heldon experiment of mingling Fripp-inspired guitar work and Krautrock motorik drum rhythms and synths, Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale also incorporates a greater degree of industrial music than had previously been heard on Heldon's albums. In some cases, this is literal, with what sounds like factory machinery banging away in the background of some tracks. At its best, the album has this sort of hazy David Lynch/Eraserhead sort of feel to it, evoking decaying warehouses, crumbling cities, and terminal decline; however, after the first side or so the album does become rather wearing, and by the end of the album I'm left with the impression that aside from a few sound effects Heldon didn't really make much progress on this album - it feels like notes towards the production of the excellent Interface or Stand By than a fully developed album in its own right.

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  Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.80 | 36 ratings

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Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Definitively moving out of the shadow of Robert Fripp, Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson is a confident electronic album which arguably qualifies as one of the first works of dark ambient or ambient industrial music. The sinister, proto-cyberpunk sounds of the Perspective series in particular explores a range of dark, brooding sounds arising mainly from synthesisers before the closing Perspective IV, which brings drums and guitar back to a place of prominence in the band's music. Sleek, dangerous, and disturbing, this album is both more original and more influential than any of Heldon's preceding albums. Don't put it on when you want something sunny or comforting, but if you're in a mood for a sound reminiscent of a spookier Klaus Schulze then Heldon IV is what you want.

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 Heldon II: Allez Teia by HELDON album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.46 | 28 ratings

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Heldon II: Allez Teia
Heldon Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Richard Pinhas' electronic band project explores compelling musical territory on this second album, steering between ambient electronic dreamscapes, Krautrock/Zeuhlish fury and the odd bit of Frippertronics. Although the opening track is named in honour of Robert Fripp - probably in response to his "retirement" from the music industry, though as we all know "King Fripp"'s abdication would not last for long - the most derivative track on here is Omar Diop Blondin, which sounds like an early Frippertronic experiment with Brian Eno - except I think it's actually mildly more compelling than No Pussyfooting. The rest of the album explores a range of electronic and ambient styles, with the result offering something to suit anyone with a taste for the avant, but at the same time it feels like Heldon is still searching for a distinctively "Heldon" sound, of a sort which arguably they wouldn't finally settle on until the dark, intense visions of Stand By and Inferface.

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