Eloy
Ocean


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elixirs USER (4 Reviews)
October 6th, 2008 | 66 replies | 8,384 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

As the ambitions and instrumental scope of rock musicians increased throughout the late '60s and early 1970s, an inclination towards bombastic songwriting and "pretentious" concept albums was becoming more obvious. Progressive and krautrock groups, especially those hailing from Europe, were the most appropriate vehicles for such things, and the results were both cringe-worthy and magnificent. Some groups obviously couldn't match ambition with decent songwriting, (see: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) and eventually gave the lesser-known, and generally better, musicians a bad reputation.

Eloy's Ocean, with one of the most recognizable gatefold covers of the decade, is a good representation of the latter. Though their early albums were standard slabs of progressive rock, Eloy's songwriting capabilities grew with each lineup change and album. To many (including myself), Ocean is the group's apex; here they seamlessly shift between esoteric spoken word, watery ambience, and choirs of synthesizers, recanting the rise and fall of Atlantis. You really don't need to hear more about the story than that.

Nearly five minutes pass before Frank Bornemann's accented voice announces the creation of Poseidon, speak-singing "When the mighty sons of the spheres beyond / Distributed the elements of earth / They laid down the foundation-stone / Of highest spiritual birth." Ending with choral sighs, "Poseidon's Creation" segues into "Incarnation of the Logos," which begins with the slow thump of bass drum and hovering, ominous synthesizer chords. Eventually the band launch into what can only be described as science fiction rock; the main keyboard melody wouldn't be out of place in an episode of the Twilight Zone.

If you're just starving for an echoing monologue, than you won't be disappointed with "Atlantis' Agony at June 5th - 8498, 13 P.M. Gregorian Earthtime." Over half of the song consists of spoken word and dark ambience, before Eloy launch into more spacey progressive rock. Cascading drum rolls, laser-ish guitar, and ever-present soundscapes close Ocean on a modest note. Maybe that's what make's Ocean so enjoyable; despite containing themes and ideas that most bands of the era would butcher, Eloy were able to make a flamboyant album that is accessible and worthy of repeated listening.


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username345
October 6th 2008



594 Comments


Well written but short review. Surprised I've not heard of this already... listening to 'Poseidon's Creation' now.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2008



17913 Comments


fuck you ELP is the best

Elixirs
October 6th 2008



93 Comments


im jelos of them

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
October 6th 2008



246 Comments


...interesting... viva awesome album covers.This Message Edited On 10.06.08

jrowa001
October 6th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing album, glad to see it reviewed. i have all their albums and this is my fav.

any14doomsday
October 7th 2008



678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is ok.. In theory I should love this: Its about Atlantis, its prog as hell, the playing is excellent. But I just kinda find it boring.

Floating on the other hand, I think that's there masterpiece

Elixirs
October 7th 2008



93 Comments


yeah i can see this being boring but it's pretty chill

Mclovin
May 23rd 2010



293 Comments


Great review.

KILL
January 12th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is crazy good

jrowa001
January 12th 2011



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this and Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes are their best

Jethro42
January 12th 2011



12034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg It's been so long since I've listened to Eloy. 'Poseidons Creation' and 'Incarnation of the Logos' are the tits here.

JT2
June 24th 2011



94 Comments


Great band, this rules but Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes is slightly better IMO.

Jethro42
June 24th 2011



12034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have no favorite album of theirs. To me, band only have couple of standout tracks here or there through their discog and that's about it. Maybe to psychedelia and Floyd derivative for my taste.

JT2
June 24th 2011



94 Comments


From what I've heard Silent Cries... works the best as a whole. Despite some moments that are blatant Floyd rip offs it's an excellent prog album.

Jethro42
June 24th 2011



12034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Yeah I just edited my last post to comment on their PF similarities. While I praise PF, Eloy are definitely too 'space' for me, and it tends to lose my attention on the way. However, they have their bunch of songs I really love (randomly chosen);
'Poseidon's Creation', 'Waves of Intuition', Illuminations', 'Land of Nobody', Awaking of Consciousness', 'Eclipse of Mankind',...

JT2
June 24th 2011



94 Comments


I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy a whole Eloy album because of the 'space' factor but lately I've really been digging Silent Cries, it holds my attention surprisingly well.

Jethro42
June 24th 2011



12034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chances are high that you'd like 'Inside' and 'Floating' that are both on a harder edge.

JT2
June 24th 2011



94 Comments


I'll definitely check those out at some point.

Jarvig
July 25th 2011



168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album that do sound something like moody Pink Floyd, Hackwind and Nektar al at once. Best song is the opener.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2011



18198 Comments


Slient Cries and Mighty Echoes rules too.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes



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