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Producing work that is epic in concept, sound, and artistic approach, Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind Zombi, have re-imagined the architecture of progressive rock and dynamic instrumentals -carving a niche in underground music distinctly their own.

The band's signature sound, achieved using only electric bass, drums, and a collection of analog synthesizers, is deceptively lush considering its two man skeleton crew ensemble. Moore's bass playing and meticulous synthesizer programming interacts seamlessly with Paterra's controlled, precision drumming -as if each man is anticipating his counterpart's next move. Punctuated by Moore and Paterra's seasoned songwriting skills, each Zombi song -whether grand in design like "Night Rhythms" from the band's forthcoming LP or powerful and driving like "Orion," the opening track on Cosmos -is entirely autonomous and true to the duo's creative vision.

"I bring a lot of skeletal ideas to the table -basslines, sequences, and drum parts. Steve will then craft them into complete songs," Paterra explains. "There is a musical trust that exists between us that allows for full exploration of all ideas. We are perfectionists, sometimes to a fault, but I think it is a quality that lends itself well to the music."

"We share the same goal, which is simply to create music that we enjoy -it's rather selfish," Moore adds. "We have a similar list of influences as well, both of us having grown up listening to progressive and classic rock. So when it comes time to write, we're basically completing each other's thoughts."

Following the success of Cosmos -Zombi's critically-acclaimed debut album for Relapse Records -and a series of national tours with artists like Dillinger Escape Plan, The Fucking Champs, Red Sparowes, Panthers, and Breather Resist, Moore and Paterra regrouped in Chicago to begin work on their next full-length album.

"Surface To Air is a genuinely progressive album: bigger, denser, and more dynamic than anything we've done before," Moore says. "It's still dark and cinematic, but without being kitschy like some of our earlier releases."

"The album is an accurate representation of who we are and where we are headed as a band," Paterra adds. "It is the culmination of a style and sound we've been honing since our inception, but it also puts us in a new direction, one that I am excited to explore."

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3.07 | 17 ratings
Cosmos
2004
3.86 | 27 ratings
Surface to Air
2006
3.47 | 27 ratings
Spirit Animal
2009
3.42 | 19 ratings
Escape Velocity
2011

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Twilight Sentinel
2003
3.33 | 2 ratings
Digitalis
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Maserati / Zombi Split
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
Slow Oscillations Remix
2011

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 Cosmos by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.07 | 17 ratings

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Cosmos
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 2004 the time for the first full-length of Zombi album had come.It carried the title ''Cosmos'' amd most of its part was recorded at the Nightmare City Studios in Pittsburgh in November 2003 except for the drum parts, recorded at El Studio around the same time.The original edition in August was a CD by Release Entertainment, but the album earned several, highly collectable reissues on double vinyl over the years by both Relapse Records and Aesthetic Records.

The first few tracks saw Zombi covered in a Space Rock mood, the closest comparison are pioneers of the style OZRIC TENTACLES.Rhythmic, synth-drenched music, overpowered by nervous electronics and showered by powerful bass and drums, passing from a cosmic enviroment to sinister atmospheres akin to GOBLIN Horror Synth film scores.The first long cut, the almost 10-min. ''Serpens'' recalls 70's-era TANGERINE DREAM and even JEAN MICHEL JARRE's works, it has this narcotic styling based on symphonic soundscapes and metronomic beats, which eventually lead to a mass of flashy synthesizers and Pattera's frenetic drumming, this is a great piece of modern Electronic Prog.The 11-min. ''Gemini'' offers more of the same, hypnotic, cosmic images, characterized by spacey synths and electronic loops in a minimalistic approach, which will explode into full-blown Space/Electronic Prog with bombastic paces, grandiose keyboards and changing tempos.The brief, symphonic beauty of ''Andromeda'' with the dreamy, somewhat THE ENID-like keyboards works as an intro for the highly experimental experience of ''Taurus''.14 minutes of minimalistic Kraut-Electronic with Berlin-school experiments, a haunting drum beat and tons of distortions and sound effects, sounding like electronic oscillators, create something between abstract noise and Electronic Music with an outlandish atmosphere, this has definitely its own majestic charm.

Zombi appear at this point as a fresh aura in the field of Electronic Music.An original mix of GOBLIN, TANGERINE DREAM and THE OZRIC TENTACLES, struggling to rely on either Electronic or Space Rock grounds.Great album, strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Surface to Air by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.86 | 27 ratings

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Surface to Air
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by Shadowavenger

5 stars Zombi's second full length album, "Surface To Air" is probably the most impressive work that the band will ever release. Drums, bass, & keyboards will creating a driving force inside your brain! I've been a huge fan of Zombi's music since about 2007, and since then I have bought and listened to just about everything they released, including solo and other projects of the two members of Zombi, Steve Moore & Anthony Patera.

This album offers up a mixture between the soundtracks of Goblin & John Carpenter, along with strong influence from Rush and Tangerine Dream. The bass and drum playing on this album are superb, and you can tell that the members of Zombi are hugely influenced by their personal taste in music.

Zombi works in driving and expanding rhythms, always building up to something grandiose. Some of the songs are more rock oriented, while still maintaining the dependency on sequenced synth lines, but once all the elements fall into place, you can't escape the magic of Zombi's rhythm. And that's what makes this album so fantastic; the driving rhythms keep you engaged, while also allowing you to drift into another place. Their first album "Cosmos" lacked these driving rhythms, and it suffers to some extent because of it.

Each song on this album offers up a treat:

-Challenger Deep is relentless and perhaps the most Goblin sounding song on the album. The bass is super reminiscent of Pignatelli's bass playing in Goblin. On top of that, the synth work is also very Goblin. The drums in this song serve as more of a backbone, with some very nice Neil Peart style drum fills.

-Digitalis bursts out of the gate with an amazing sequenced synth loop, while Patera is slowing building up his metronomic drumming, just waiting to run free beside the sequencer and swirling ambient synth. Slowly, this song becomes a symphony between the drumming and keyboards. It's quite nice.

-Legacy is a track that allows Steve to plays some out of this world bass lines. The song starts with a short and simple keyboard sequence that allows for the bass and drumming to build tension, until is finally breaks free. Along with Challenger Deep, this song would contend for most Goblin influence. The thing about Legacy is, this song reaches soaring heights of pure awesomeness that Goblin rarely ever reached at their best, and this is coming from a huge Goblin fan! This song is the perfect example of Zombi's sound.

-Surface To Air is arguably the best song that Zombi ever made. I know more than a couple people who think so. This song, like Digitalis, bursts out of the gate at full speed. This song features some John Carpenter sounding synth work, but jammed into a rocking song that only lets up in order to blow your mind again.

-Night Rhythms is probably my personal favorite when it comes to this album, and it is probably my favorite thing that Zombi has or ever will do. The song starts with swelling pad synth that sounds reminiscent to a late 70s Vangelis album. Then things take a dark turn when the keyboards start to build a ominous tension and Patera builds a driving tribal drum experience. The song makes you believe it's about to explode, but it only teases you before going into a section of the song that allows anyone familiar with Tangerine Dream to hear the major influence on these musicians. Again, they start to build with sequencers and drumming, when all of the sudden the bass comes slamming in adding a new dynamic as it builds to a dizzying battle between the drumming and driving bass line. We are then again led into a passage that reminds strongly of Pheadra era Tangerine Dream. And once again, the guys start building off of the sequencer until they are pounding into your head during the final moments of the song.

I truly believe this is a masterpiece of music, and that is why I am awarding this album 5 stars. If any Zombi album deserves that honor, Surface To Air is most definitely it.

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 Surface to Air by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.86 | 27 ratings

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Surface to Air
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by progaeopteryx
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5 stars Pittsburgh-based Zombi is the duo of Steve Moore on bass and keys and Anthony Paterra on drums and percussion. Although labeled as progressive electronic on this site, their sound to me is an even mix of space rock and symphonic prog, featuring spacey keyboard riffs and lush soundscapes lying atop a rhythm section comparable to Rush's Lee/Peart combo. Some have compared this to a mix of Tangerine Dream or Heldon with Rush. Another possible description might be a guitar-less instrumental version of Argentinian proggers Nexus with Geddy Lee making appearances here and there. The keyboard work isn't in the same league as a Rick Wakeman or Tony Banks, but it's remarkably melodic and spacey (and better than any solo album either of them have ever released). I can't think of many albums that invoke astronomical imagery in my head better than this one. An incredibly enjoyable listen! Easily one of my best purchases in the last few years and well deserving of masterpiece status.

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 Escape Velocity by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.42 | 19 ratings

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Escape Velocity
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Escape Velocity" is the 4th full-length studio album by US electronic/ambient music act Zombi. The album was released through Relapse Records in May 2011. Relapse Records is mostly known for being the home of extreme metal acts of various flavours, but in recent years theyīve begun to sign artists from other genres too.

The music on "Escape Velocity" is a relatively simple type of electronic/ambient music. Itīs repetitive and slow building. Often with longer parts with only a steady simple rythm figure and sequencing synths playing the same motif over and over again. Usually after a while a simple melody is played and sometimes more synth layers are put on top. The music is pleasant and easy on the ears but sometimes also a bit too close to sounding like muzak for comfort. Zombi tread a fine line here but thankfully they mostly keep on the right side of it.

The album is well produced and the musicianship is decent, but "Escape Velocity" is not exactly an album that blows me away. The tracks donīt really stick and it is in the songwriting department that the group could get better. Itīs not a bad release either though and I do on occasion enjoy the album as background music, but to my ears this is not "listening" music. Still a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

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 Cosmos by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.07 | 17 ratings

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Cosmos
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by BORA

1 stars Really unreal - must be a ZOMBI!

These two guys are obviously inspired by Tangerine Dream. Trouble is that whilst they may sound like TD, they completely fail to absorb the difference between layered synths, or the same that actually has substance to it - for good measure.

In my previous blurbs on their other albums I didn't spare this band. This time I can't be even that generous when it comes to this album. Here, I am confronted with extremely boring soundscapes. Somewhat reminiscent of very early TD with the dark, cosmic approach. So what's wrong here then? Simple. There is no trace of substance to any of these indulgent pieces that go nowhere.

OK, this is Zombi's first release and probably done when they were still adolescent, thinking that any sound may equal artistic merit. How on earth did they manage to get a contract for this?

I can relate to complex, or simplistic forms of expressions happily - as long as they have substance. This effort however, is as close to the pits as I've heard in a long time.

The most frustrating part is that every now and then, these cats come up with something very pleasing, almost by mistake. Not here though.

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 Surface to Air by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.86 | 27 ratings

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Surface to Air
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by BORA

3 stars The US answer to Tangerine Dream?

This band seems to embrace some of TD's approach. Unfortunately, not of TD's better moments are being paid tribute to here. Short of the disastrous Jerome Froese Techno approach, Zombi are seemingly hooked on reproducing the urban psychosis that TD used as filler material only. This band seems to be hooked on some least memorable moments of that legendary German outfit whose material is at least 80% boring and rather uneventful.

Now, don't get me wrong, this album is largely enjoyable, but that doesn't mean that it's great in any sense. The addition of bass helps a bit, but not enough to lift the game as such. The tunes are not bad at all, but somehow remain undeveloped and largely unexciting, lacking conviction..

Track 1 and 5 are excellent in comparison, but these guys weren't born behind the Berlin Wall - like TD to have that real urge of wanting to reach out to the Universe whilst being surrounded by hostile forces.

A 3 star rating is appropriate here, perhaps 3.5 and one can't expect to have that emotional content, - one like myself who was born behind the Iron Curtain - to understand to any extent.

A reasonable effort by people who have had relatively little understanding to emotional content in musical expressions - due to lack of life experiences. I sincerely hope that in future they'll mature as they seem to have the the talent. And yes, the name ZOMBIE fails to please to any extent. Time to grow up?

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 Spirit Animal by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.47 | 27 ratings

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Spirit Animal
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by BORA

3 stars What a let down!

I had reservations about the band's chosen name, but since I had the opportunity to hear this album, I put some time aside for it.

The first track just blew me away! A long piece inviting echoes of the better moments of early-'80s Tangerine Dream. Pure pleasure!

But my excitement was short lived.The second tune has cut my initial euphoria rather short. It's a piece studded with urban pace, a life I left behind decades ago for the peace and tranquility of living in a small fishing village on the East-Coast of Australia by the Pacific Ocean. Now, "pacific" is a term I can happily relate to, but this tune doesn't really fit the image. Still OK, but more unsettling than pleasing.

That urban psychosis gains even more momentum on the next tune, somewhat reminiscent of excesses by Robert Fripp of the Belew era, something I just can't warm to, but some people will no doubt love this piece. Not bad at all, but definitely not my preference, not even for a rainy day. Too repetitive and as such, boring.

Track four carries on in the TD vein - of the "spirited" filler material side. Loud, repetitive and - hardly better than a worn LP skipping back endlessly. One on certain substances may derive enjoyment from this noise, I am not one of those.

The fifth, last and longest track is another Fripp-like psychotic threadmill, laced with Jean- Michel Jarre doing Metal. Almost good, but misses the mark. Too frantic, too nervous, no room for such around my place.

These guys have potential, but for my taste apart from the first tune, the rest is forgettable - and very quickly before my walls would absorb too much of it. With the same effort, a masterpiece could have been delivered, but the end result here barely scrapes in for a 3 star rating.

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 Spirit Animal by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.47 | 27 ratings

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Spirit Animal
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by progbethyname

4 stars ELECTRIC GUITARS AND SYNTHS DONE NICELY WITH A RETRO FEEL TO IT.'

In my mind, ZOMBI's SPIRIT ANIMAL is an absolute hit. I am a huge, appreciative fan of keyboards and synths that have that classic 80's and early 90's retrograded sound to them, and that's what is given exquisitely to the listener from 2 wonderful composers STEVE MOORE and A.E PATERRA who are largely influenced by other classic electronic prog composers like GOBLIN and TANGERINE DREAM. Essentially if you are a fan of GOBLIN, TANGERINE DREAM and even VANGELIS for that matter, you will absolutely love ZOMBI with this album release. Heck, this is an album that was released in 2009 but sounds like it could have come out in 1991. Let's be clear though, this album is not entirely retrofitted for the retro crazed listener. There is a strong element of modernity in the sound of the acoustic guitar and Bass and Drums by MOORE and PATERRA. ' For instance, the 2nd track SPIRIT WARRIOR consists of very modern sounding electric and acoustic guitars with a very non dated bass sound as well. Overall. A very good track and a nice take on how you can combine a very retro 80's sounding synth with modern sounding guitars and bass not to mention, drums as well.'

Meanwhile, listeners may be slightly Dissapointed with SPIRIT WARRIOR guitars sounding a lot like the 17min epic track THROUGH TIME, which is the last track on the album and a creative finish to a solid instrumental album. Anyway, it's really the synth and keyboards that really tie everything together and make each track very attractive sounding. Even the 3rd track, EARTHLY POWERS has somewhat of a jazz like feel to it while COSMIC POWERS (track 4) is Darker and more brooding like SPIRIT WARRIOR with its guitars and drumming. Very fast too!

Above all. Let's just get into the real heart of the album and that is the epic 14min opening track SPIRIT ANIMAL. For me, this is an instrumental that I live for. It has an incredible and ethereal modern and retro sounding syths and keys with beautiful ambient soundscapes accompanied by awesome, powerful drums and electric guitars. You cannot ask for anything more here, especially if your in love with 80's sounding synths. Also, with the deep ambient elements in ZOMBI's overall sound there can be traces of a space rock feel in the music resembling the likes of PINK FLOYD. Sound intriguing to you? Good. Go buy this album and blast it. You won't be sorry. This is a well composed and well structured album where by all 5 tracks are very good and encourage you to drift off and think about the unknown with its groovy soundscapes, which is essentially the whole point of this album and this style of music. Enjoy proggers. MOORE and PATERRA's SPIRIT ANIMAL is getting a at 4/5. It's terrific. So what are you waiting for? Go drift off into la la land and enjoy yourself. :)

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 Escape Velocity by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.42 | 19 ratings

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Escape Velocity
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars Zombi have so far established themselves as one of the finest groups to create retro-tinged electronic krautrock in the 21st century, and Escape Velocity, which I've inexplicably been procrastinating writing a review for, further cements my high opinion of them.

On their previous album, Spirit Animal, Zombi went for a more traditional synth-led classic symphonic prog sound, whether it was intentional or not, and it worked very well and gave a lot of people who were more accustomed to classic symphonic prog a high-quality introduction to their discography. While the stylistic change on the previous album worked very well, I personally was hungry for more of the modern energetic post- Berlin school type sound that Zombi had been known for. Fortunately, the krauty sound is back on this album.

Compared to the first two albums, Escape Velocity seems to have a slightly increased energy and displays the group's sense of experience, which is obvious from the moment the title track starts of the album with a forceful synth sequence and very powerful drumming. Though A.E. Paterra's pounding percussion is never technical, it is very strong and gives the music an impressive energetic boost. The next track, "Slow Oscillations" (also released on a free remix EP), is absolutely magical, featuring a hard-hitting and steady beat from Paterra and sharp synth sequences and a melody that is mystical yet heavy and dark like some kind of archaic stone carved beauty. My only complain is that, at just under 3 minutes, this song could've been stretched for longer, but it is still a wonderful atmospheric track.

"Shrunken Heads" is a mid-paced, late-night racing theme set in the big city, similar to the music on Tangerine Dream's Exit but is actually stretched out long enough to develop and swell, ultimately being more satisfying. "DE3" is my personal favorite track of this album; it's got a heavy bass beat with a very high soaring, triumphant sounding synth melody that really makes me feel kind of emotional and hopeful, but the song shortly progresses into slightly darker territory quite effortlessly before climaxing. Equally emotional, albeit slower, "Time of Trobules" finishes the album with a murky pace but also with more soaring, triumphant synth melodies.

It is worth mentioning that the synth sounds that Steve Moore uses on this album is a mixture of the best of the classic '70s sound with the best of the '80s sound (removing the cheesiest elements from the '80s), which works very well for this band and, combined with A.E. Paterra's heavy drum style, makes their sound stick out. It's classic sounding, yet unmistakably modern in a way that probably won't make Mr. elitist grandpa prog fan so angry.

A lot of Berlin school music tends to get a lot of flack for being boring and uneventful, and I have to admit that sometimes it definitely is, but "boring" is a title that can't be easily applied to Escape Velocity, which is basically a heavy progressive rock album led entirely by beautiful synth melodies and rock drumming. The biggest complaint that I have with this album is that it is too short, just over 33 minutes). Maybe they'll pack more music into their next full-length album, but this album is infectious enough to tide over Zombi fans until then.

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 Surface to Air by ZOMBI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.86 | 27 ratings

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Surface to Air
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Miles away from the minimalistic ambient material which usually gets classed as progressive electronic, Zombi's music - evoked by the team of Moore and Paterra - exists in the boundary between electronic music and space rock, with Hawkwind and Heldon-esque grooves mixing in with plentiful mellotron and synthesiser textures to create an extremely modern and intriguing sound. Imagine what might happen if Richard Pinhas decides to craft an electronic trip which sounds like a rock band freakout and you might get close to the Zombi sound, and Surface to Air is a great place to encounter it. Worth exploring for all fans of space rock and energetic electronic rock.

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