Saturday 15 August 2015

The Apocalypse (Eloy, 1979)

One of the most spacey tracks in the huge production of Eloy surely is this "The Apocalypse", coming from the album "Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes". The Floydian influence is very strong here, nonetheless the song has its own special flavour. Electronic sounds and electric guitars guide the listener through the three parts of this suite, titled "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes", "The Vision - Burning" and "Force Majeure". The sci-fi atmosphere and an underlying tension give to "The Apocalypse" an epic mood, while the changes rivet the listener's attention.

This album was the seventh studio album by Eloy.

The sounds are chosen with a sure taste and keenly mixed, and also the sung parts are very well written, so that the track has a solid melodic structure. Here and there, a touch of vintage keyboards and a beautiful female voice à la The Great Gig in The Sky create a pleasant contrast with the up-to-date background. I really like the alien landscapes Eloy can conjure up, something that many neo-prog bands were going to imitate. A good song for the dreaming part of any prog lover.

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