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Formed by Uwe Haa▀ (bass, stick, warr guitar) sometime after leaving German band TEA FOR TWO, Berlin-based outfit ZENOBIA started out sometime in the late 90's, with Frank Hoyer (vocals), Steffen Rohr (keybaords, synthesizer), Alexander Fischer (guitars) and Thorsten Kuhrasch (drums, percussion) as the additional members of the band.

Their self-released debut "October" was issued in 1999; and it's strong influence from US progressive rock, the melancholy atmosphere and the symphonic style pursued earned them the nickname "the German Spock's Beard" at this time.

Following their promising debut album the band disappeared from sight; until somewhat surprisingly appearing again in 2006, this time with a new man in the line-up, Lars Girke (drums), who had replaced Thorsten Kuhrasch. The band was signed to German label Quixote Records for the release of their long awaited second album, named "Delayed" by a band with a wry sense humour. The album was given a mostly good reception, with several pointing out the diversity in influences as main characteristics.

Not much is known about the band after 2006, as the main source of information - the band's homepage - still is under construction.


ZENOBIA is a German band mainly influenced by bands from the US; incorporating musical elements from 70's pomp rock and AOR with 80's symphonic prog, AOR and early prog metal. The band was suggested for addition to the Neo Progressive team, and the symphonic nature of the compositions combined with the musical elements from the aforementioned styles was deemed to fit within the parameters set for this sub-genre of progressive rock.

Olav Martin Bj°rnse

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Zenobia Neo-Prog

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3 stars No reviews yet for Zenobia so far so high time to grant them at least one with their latest album Delayed. Because this is not really logic to ignore a band with this potential I have to say. Zenobia is a somewhat heavy neoband from Germany and they produced two studio albums so far. I don't know the debut but looking at other sources this is supposed to be the better one.

They have something in common with their fellow countrymen RPWL and Blind Ego (who are actually related) and also with Subsignal/Sieges Even (also related). Although it has to be said both these combined comparisons are somewhat rougher edged in style. Zenobia is a bit softer and to make the related bands picture complete, Zenobia has slight relationship with Tea for Two even though this is just by sharing the same bass player (Uwe Haass).

I happen to own a disc by Tea for Two by the way which was a huge disappointment for me but Zenobia is obviously the better band in my opinion. The album starts with an epic lasting about a quarter of an hour. This track starts pretty impressive with blistering guitar showing the band means business here. The rest of the song isn't poor by any means either but it would go too far to state this is one of the best epics in my collection. Just very good is the best qualification for this one (3,75*). Next three tracks are not really of the same caliber to be honest (3,25-3,5 and 3,25) but I wouldn't want to slate them either. Next up is the multi-layered epic Meet your Maker (33:11) which is all in all a bit uneven in quality. On average I would rate it 3,5 * or anywhere near. Again, pretty good but nothing mindblowing at any point. A remix of second song Moonstone Sky rounds the whole thing off and also here I can't go into raptures for if you're not able to make 6 different songs on one album it's not quite an optimal performance I feel.

So all in all a good/very good album just about falling short of the honorable verdict "excellent". But it's pretty close. Zenobia is recommended for lovers of both heavy and calmer neo prog. They made a good mix of that with Delayed. 3,5 stars is the right score.

Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition.

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