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OCEAN

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.22 | 1041 ratings

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Epignosis
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3 stars Eloy's most celebrated album is a great one, but to me, not a masterpiece. In fact, it can border on boring. The level of interestingness declines with each track, as "Poseidon's Creation" is, I feel, a masterwork, but the subsequent tracks are not. The vocalist has a thick German accent that is exacerbated by a heavy use of delay, but I feel that only lends to this band's impressive and unique sound. I believe the bass and synthesizer are, second to the vocals, the key aspects of this album. For those who enjoy spacey trips and drawn out but expressive wonders, this is a sea of euphoria.

"Poseidon's Creation" After an eerie clean guitar introduction, during which a bass stabs through in even rhythms, the song assumes a more determined feel. I love the singing here, even if, nay, especially because, it bears a heavy thick accent. During the guitar solo, the bass tends to be more of the outstanding instrument.

"Incarnation Of The Logos" Chords from the synthesizer create the fundamental basis for the beginning of this track, over which vocals with heavy effects tremble over. A mechanical and sinister voice, which reminds me of the end of Rush's "2112," speaks just before the fuller, instrumental section. The second half, which bursts forward in 5/4 time, injects new life into this excellent song.

"Decay Of The Logos" The third song is a lighter one, with pleasing synthesizer and some acoustic guitar. However, it also contains the heaviest part of the album, with biting electric guitar and exceptional drumming.

"Atlantis' Agony At June 5th - 8498, 13 p.m. Gregorian Earthtime" The spoken word segment returns, and to me, sounds really silly, especially with the heavy German accent. Next is a long section full of electronic noises and later, organ, with spoken word occasionally interrupting. Whereas the other three tracks are exceptional, this one is downright boring, even when the band as a whole comes together- not my thing at all.

Epignosis | 3/5 |

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