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4 stars Like a pinball bouncing from one bumper to the next, lights flashing

As a complete Zeuhl and Dun lay person I'm not going to pretend to have any expertise with this challenging genre, or delve into the group's story. I'm simply going to offer a few thoughts on the music, recorded in Switzerland in '81. Without having knowledge of Magma as a reference point the chief influence I hear on Eros is undoubtedly King Crimson but with different instrumentation and a bit softer edge most of the time. There are definitely Frippian guitar overtones in places and a similar spirit to the jamming. The four pieces of Eros come across as pure experimental instrumental overload. The rhythm section is absolutely tight but mind-blowing in their eclecticism, strutting and jerking around, holding everything together and yet instigating chaos pushing things apart. The lead guitar smokes in a big way one moment or rings with sustained stoicism the next. (For a taste check out the 30 second lead from about 2:45 to 3:15 of "Arrakis." Delicious!) The flute work is the highlight for me personally. It is through the flute that the most memorable melodies are delivered and they are stunning. If I have one criticism with Eros it would be the xylophone. It's an instrument to be used very sparingly in my opinion and they occasionally drive me nuts with it, to the point where I'd like to take a few swings at it (the xylophone, that is) with a tire-iron. But it's a minor quibble when speaking of such an inspired and unique album of music. Eros is an album for anyone who likes adventurous music executed brilliantly, and it does a reasonable job at the difficult task of bringing together intellectually stimulating (so called difficult music) with the emotional, melodic sides. It's not currently an easy album to find but it's worth the trouble for any progger. The CD booklet in the year 2000 pressing I have come with a nice bio and some photos along with four bonus tracks. Great stuff!

Finnforest | 4/5 |


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