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Progressive Electronic

3.66 | 61 ratings

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5 stars I am glad to have discovered this band!

As Zeuhl is to symphonic prog, I would say Heldon are to electronic kraut - hard hitting and regimented. The premise behind this album is dead simple yet oh so effective. You take a fat synth, program a pattern using a step sequencer and have an acid jam over the top of it with drums and guitar. The genius is in how well this simple concept is executed and explored to the extent where the simplicity of composition really doesn't matter. The throbbing bassy moogs succesfully foretell the hardcore techno that was to come some 15-20 years later with their meaty pulse and defiant repetition. The high speed synth wailing over the top of some of the jams is particularly good with interlocking arpeggiations and dreamy tones - Take note all neo-prog and progressive metal musicians, this is how synths should sound! The acid drenched jam guitar solos are very Guru Guru and the metronomic drums round out the deal with a very intriguing mix of elements.

I've deliberately described mostly the composition and instrumentation of the music because simply saying 'kraut jams with synths' sells this guy way short. A very original take on progressive electronic music - highly recommended to fans of krautrock bands such as Harmonia, Ashra, Guru Guru and Cluster.

FruMp | 5/5 |


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