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Eloy biography
Founded in Hannover, Germany in 1969 - Several hiatuses in the 80's and 90's - Still active as of 2019

Taking their name from the "Eloi", the futuristic race of people in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, ELOY was initially formed in 1969 in Germany. Inspired by THE SHADOWS and THE BEATLES, they became one of the major bands in the progressive rock scene highly influenced by the space rock of PINK FLOYD. They started off in Germany as a hard rock band with a political bent, but soon drifted into a spacier progressive rock sound. They have had a number of turnovers, with a major split in the 1980s that resulted in a move into more of a mainstream direction. Based mainly on founder Frank BORNEMANN's guitar solos, their music evolved to include more synthesizers and choirs.

They produced many albums between 1971 and 1998 with different line-ups. Their best period is the mid to late-70's with the trippier space-rock of "Inside" and "Floating" (with Manfred WIECZORKE later of JANE). "Dawn" is actually one of the better of the symphonic-era ELOY albums, perhaps even the best. "Ocean" is a concept album about Atlantis, and one of the pillar albums of the German symphonic scene, and certainly worth checking out. They followed up with "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes", the year later to even greater success. During 1993-1994, ELOY released three best of collections and it wasn't until 1994 with the release of "The Tides Return Forever", that they recorded and toured again is released and the band reappeared live on stage for several successful shows in Germany. Their last album "Ocean 2", released in 1998, was a surprising come back of a progressive rock band, which stopped recently their stage-appearances.

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ELOY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.90 | 283 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.79 | 489 ratings
Inside
1973
3.77 | 476 ratings
Floating
1974
3.68 | 483 ratings
Power And The Passion
1975
4.05 | 684 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.20 | 1193 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.05 | 716 ratings
Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
1979
3.69 | 473 ratings
Colours
1980
3.99 | 502 ratings
Planets
1981
3.85 | 427 ratings
Time To Turn
1982
2.86 | 246 ratings
Performance
1983
3.19 | 301 ratings
Metromania
1984
1.99 | 89 ratings
Codename Wildgeese (OST)
1984
2.79 | 238 ratings
Ra
1988
2.62 | 196 ratings
Destination
1992
3.51 | 247 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.75 | 320 ratings
Ocean 2 - The Answer
1998
3.29 | 273 ratings
Visionary
2009
3.25 | 141 ratings
The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I
2017
2.84 | 73 ratings
The Vision, The Sword and The Pyre - Part II
2019

ELOY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.04 | 172 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.30 | 111 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage
2014

ELOY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.77 | 46 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
3.85 | 20 ratings
Live Impressions
2013

ELOY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.04 | 17 ratings
Wings Of Vision
1982
3.11 | 32 ratings
Rarities
1991
3.60 | 69 ratings
Chronicles I
1993
2.40 | 55 ratings
Chronicles II
1994
4.02 | 29 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 1 The Early Days 1972-1975
1994
4.67 | 3 ratings
Best
1994
3.56 | 18 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 2 The Prime 1976-1979
1996
2.69 | 18 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2000
2.77 | 23 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best of Eloy
2003
4.82 | 14 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
3.20 | 5 ratings
Essential
2012
4.63 | 13 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
2012
4.43 | 7 ratings
The Classic Years Trilogy - Box
2019
3.50 | 2 ratings
Long Progressive History
2020

ELOY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.71 | 7 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.16 | 12 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.88 | 13 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
4.12 | 17 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
1980
2.44 | 9 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
1980
3.80 | 10 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
1982
3.83 | 6 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.86 | 12 ratings
Fools
1983
2.33 | 6 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.11 | 9 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.25 | 11 ratings
Rainbow
1988
2.60 | 10 ratings
Call of the Wild
1992
2.43 | 7 ratings
Fire And Ice
1992
2.33 | 6 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
1994
2.94 | 8 ratings
Childhood Memories
1995
3.00 | 13 ratings
The Answer
1998
3.13 | 16 ratings
The Challenge
2009

ELOY Reviews


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 Metromania by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.19 | 301 ratings

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Metromania
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by istef

3 stars Written and produced in 1984. Quite obvious! Gone is the warmth of the 70s sound, replaced by the typcal sterilized 80s synth sound. So if one wants to enjoy an Eloy album fron this era, one has to compromise with this kind of sound.

But that doesn't make Metromania a bad album. Far from it actually. Once the listener gets passed these certain production values, is left with an album that is Eloy up to its deep core. As usually with this band, it's not about creating strong song structures, but merely the atmosphere that will embrace these songs, and as usually again, it works. Not perfectly, not at all times, but it works.

"Escape to the Heights" sets an unusual tense tone. It is fast (for Eloy standards) and heavily orchstrated, with distorted synth guitar sounds that set the pace. "All life is One" is the track most reminiscent of the late 70s Eloy. And of course that also means a lot of Pink Floyd influences. Especially in the vocal department. "The Stranger" could have a spot on the "Momentary Lapse of Reason" album, had it been release yet! On vinyl side B, "Nightriders" is a welcome, more riff driven surprise with a cool guitar solo. The album closes on a high end with the title track, probably the best track on the album.

Instumentally, there is not much to say. No fancy or imaginative solos or melodies, relatively uninspired rythm section, that serves the sole purpose of creating the atmosphere the album is going for. The main protagonist are of course the keys and synths, helped by Bornemann's heavy guitars, but neither instrument offers something mindblowing. On the vocal department Frank makes his best out of his limited but adequate abilities. A nice vocal surprise comes with the mostly female dominated ensemble on "Follow the Light".

All in all, Metromania is a fine album, characteristic of its era, meant to be listend as a whole. There are no unsurpassable heights but no bottom end lows either. If you can stand the 80s production, it's an enjoyable listen, if not (and I wouldn't blame you!) go back to Dawn or Ocean, or forward to Ocean 2. 3 stars, no more no less.

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.20 | 1193 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WJA-K

3 stars Well, I got what I was looking for. I wanted to explore more music in the realms of Psychedelic/Space Rock. And I stumbled upon Eloy. Wow, how I recognize so much from the grandmaster of this genre.

Though the album starts with a keyboard sound that is very much like something Genesis did before, the first track Poseidon's creation quickly shifts into a tempo that reminds me of Shine part VI-IX. Including the guitar that is almost a copy, really. The singer sounds very much like an 80's Gilmour. Not really my favourite era of THAT band. In fact, this whole song is how their examples would sound 10 years later. Very interesting indeed. But at the same time, it lacks a real punch. This song lacks what makes their examples so great. That said, the musicianship is great. 7/10

Incarnation of Logos starts with a synth accompanied by the singing of Frank Bornemann. It all sounds bloated, the singing I mean. When the song progresses it picks up speed and it gets interesting. I love the synth, bass and strumming in particular. But I simply can't care less about the singing bits. 7/10

Decay of Logos has an interesting instrumental start. But again I can't bear the singing. It's not only the bloated lyrics. It's also the German accent. A bit too goofy for me. But the music is top-notch and certainly influenced by, but expanding on their examples. Bringing their own thing. Great synth, bass, and drumming again. 7/10

Atlantis ..... is the longest track on the album. It has a very long buildup. Which is not but not gripping in any way. More than halfway in, the song starts properly. Again it's like Eloy travelled forward to their examples'80s work. Adult Oriented prog rock. 7/10

I rate this as a good album. But it is certainly not essential.

 Inside by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.79 | 489 ratings

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Inside
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #202

What a drastic change in the musical style of Eloy this album was, this is where the Eloy I know and love started. "Inside" was the first attempt of Eloy to enter the fields of Progressive Rock (I say attempt assuming it was completely intentional), the mainly hard bluesy rock they played in the first album evolved to a much more spacey one with excellent keyboards, precise drums and not filled with very speed and overwhelming guitar. The opening track is the 17-minute epic "Land of no body", which has excellent instrumental sections through which Eloy explored the fields of progressive rhythm changes, the main plate on this piece is Manfred Wieczorke's keyboard, sometimes very in a Richard Wright way and sometimes even in a Keith Emerson way.

The short tracks on the B-side are also in the vein of the opening track, the Pink Floyd influence is undeniable but that is what I love about music: no matter how much influence you take from another band, it's not a copy when the ideas bring so much of original content. The rhythmic patterns in "Inside" are exquisite, the guitar solos are very energic while "Future city" is a much slower piece with the presence of acoustic guitar (occasionally) and even a little dark atmosphere. The closing track "Up and down" has a very slow and relaxed rhythm, very hypnotic in some moments with the nice touch of the choral voices, marching music, and the end with the moving sound that goes from one side of the music speaker to the other.

SONG RATING: Land of no body, 5 Inside, 4 Future city, 3 Up and down, 5

AVERAGE: 4.25

PERCENTAGE: 85

ALBUM RATING: 4 stars

 Eloy by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.90 | 283 ratings

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Eloy
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars Review #201

It is very interesting to see how different can a debut album sound from the classic and most popular following records by the same band, Eloy's debut record is an example of that: the essence of this record is very far from the spacey rock the band developed from 1973 to 1979, actually, this album is much more oriented to a bluesy Hard Rock that resembles more to bands such as Wishbone Ash, Atomic Rooster, Birth Control and Deep Purple (Evans days). The record is filled with excellent guitar riffs and very strong bass and drum lines throughout the entire piece, nothing really special or fully remarkable but absolutely enjoyable. The classic sound of Eloy would appear in their late records, this is a very nice debut but definitely not an indispensable album, entertaining and interesting to discover and occasionally listen to, but no more than that.

SONG RATING: Today, 4 Something yellow, 4 Eloy, 4 Song of a paranoid soldier, 3 Voice of revolution, 3 Isle of the sun, 3 Dillus roady, 4

AVERAGE: 3.57

PERCENTAGE: 71.43

ALBUM RATING: 3 stars

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.20 | 1193 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Saimon

5 stars Review #3: Ocean

I didn't have faith in this band, but after listening to this album, I was totally retracted. Ocean, Eloy's sixth album, is a concept album that tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical "Atlantis". The creation of atmospheric atmospheres and passages into thoughts of mythical beings and different worlds really achieve a higher level of instrumentation and sound that other albums do not have. The ethereal keyboards and Bornemann's pivotal guitar playing feature prominently in epic interludes throughout this album. Despite Eloy's great influence on groups like Pink Floyd or King Crimson, his originality when composing music should not be overlooked, and this album is the clearest example. I recommend it mainly for all those who love Space Rock.

Poseidon's Creation: 5/5

Incarnation of Logos: 5/5

Decay of Logos: 5/5

Atlantis' Agony At June 5th-8498, 13 PM Gregorian Earthtime: 5/5

10/10, 5 stars for this fantastic masterpiece.

 Inside by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.79 | 489 ratings

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Inside
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by CygnusX72

3 stars 1973's Inside sees Eloy finding their feet, this first real phase of the band being a space rock, symphonic rock, psychedelic rock amalgam. As reference points, think Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, a hint of Hawkwind, and a dollop of Yes. The overall feel is pretty moody, with extended instrumental passages, and sparse vocals. The shorter Future City is a strangely quirkier number, otherwise tracks like Land of Nobody and Inside are an exercise in slow burning atmosphere. All very well done, but its not an album I go back to very often, as I much prefer Eloy's output from the late 70s onwards, full of synthesisers, Frank Bornemann's wonderfully high-minded lyrics, and a more bombastic and direct approach. Fans of classic 70s prog will be best served starting with Ocean, Dawn, or Power and the Passion. Those of more a 80s neo-prog bent will adore the criminally overlooked and underrated Metromania (which I rate as one of the top 20 albums of all- time by any band).

Inside remains one for Eloy fans and those who prefer space-rock styling, but it would be going too far to label it as Krautrock - even here Eloy are far more mainstream prog, perhaps art rock. If you haven't given Eloy a listen, you are missing out on a great band, and make sure you check out the different eras as their sound has definitely evolved over the years.

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.20 | 1193 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

4 stars Ocean is the 6th studio album from the band Eloy that released in 1977. Ocean is a concept album that tells the story of the sinking of Atlantis. Why Ocean decides to tell this story is not completely clear to me because I can think of several reasons for the telling of this story, so ill let you decide. One of the great things about art is the ability to interpret it in many ways, and I think this album represents that greatly. The album is very ambient at times, spacey, and watery, thanks to the fantastic synth playing by Detlev Schmidtchen, he does a good job at portraying the lyrics through the music. Of course everyone on the album shows great instrumentation as well. The lyrics are good but the vocals are definitely not for me, most of the time hes just talking. other than that I really enjoyed this album and would easily recommend this to anyone. 4/5 excellent addition to any prog collection.
 Metromania by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.19 | 301 ratings

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Metromania
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Now here's a geeky record full of sci-fi drenched eighties synth-rock with some minor progressive moments. When I listen to other Eloy records I often find them a bit unrefined, but this most typical of eighties records is actually something the band does really well. There's just a layer of authenticity that makes the faulted magic of eighties synth-rock work here; I really find myself drifting off to the world the cover art imagines. The album would work really well as a soundtrack for sci-fi animation movies like 'Heavy Metal' or 'Wicked City'. The album has two longer songs that have a little more to offer for the progressive rock listeners. 'All Life is One' has a nice dark mysterious vibe and great electronic effects. 'Follow the Light' is a nine-minute slow-burner with a nice female choir. It has some great instrumental sections as well and ends rather interestingly with a mellow synth outro. The other songs are in the pop-music format, but are filled with layers of atmospheric synths and cliche guitar riffs that dó sound right here. 'The Stranger' is perhaps the most catchy of them, but none of them are below average. Some extra guitar leads by Bornemann wouldn't have hurt though. 'Nightriders' sounds like it could have been an Eloy cover of a Motorhead song like 'Lawmen'. Pumpin' and working towards some exciting highs. The solo reminds me of the sound Iron Maiden would chose on the 'Somewhere in Time' album. The title song 'Metromania' is the most electronical song and reminds me a bit of Tangerine Dream's music of that time. The band Saga comes to mind as well. A pretty solid ending for an already strong second side of the record. In conclusion; this a very catchy and atmospherical record that is more consistant and complete than the records Hawkwind would produce in the same time period. For now it is my favorite Eloy album.
 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.20 | 1193 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by boa

3 stars This is a very cool album. So why only three stars? The first song is really a four plus star quality, but the rest of the songs are not that fantastic. I actually discovered this album thru ProgArchives, so big thanks. I'll focus on the opening track, since it's my favorite: It's so groovy with the whole band working together, and i love the way it builds and builds with just a few chord-changes, and then when it finally drops, it's magic, with magic flutes and all.. so yeah. Listen to that mean bass-line! I do hear some Pink Floyd influences on the guitar, in a positive way in my opinion. The vocals are with a heavy German accent, and i actually dig it. Very prog-lyrics about Poseidon and Atlantis and what not. This album is a very nice discovery for me!
 Colours by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.69 | 473 ratings

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Colours
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A transitional album of sorts.It was to be expect, though. It was the early 80´s and the ever changing tides of musical taste were putting pressure: the days of long compositions and elaborated arrangements were gone by then. And so was the fine line up that made some of Eloys best records ever. Drummer Jurgen Rosenthal and keyboardist Detlev Schmidtchen were gone, only bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol remaining. They asked guitarist Hannes Arkona tojoin and also brought english born drummer Jim McGillivray to replace Rosenthal both as a musician and as lyricist for the new songs.

Colours is a good album, and I think, considering the pressures of the moment (no to count the recording company), it is even pretty bold, being doubtless a progressive album, although the tunes are shorter and simpler than before, with a nod or two to new influences like The Alan parsons Project. It is not as powerful as a dedicated fan at the perod should expect, but I think it was quite good for the time, since the group remained faithful to their style, only eliminating some excesses (as it was then labelled anything progressive). The two guitar front gave a more rocking sound and the keyboards are definitely less prominent here, even though they are still very strong. They even included an (uncredited) flute solo on Impressions, something definitely not cool for 1980. I really like Child Migration, which is the best track here, but none is bad. In fact I found I liked Colours a lot, and the stuff has aged well after all this time, although it is slightly inferior to the ones that preceded it and also to the others that followed. This line up would rise to rival the "classic" one and would produce some of Eloys best in the form of Planets and Time To Turn.

Rating: 3,5 stars.

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