Sunday, 1 December 2019
Eloy - The Vision, The Sword... Part II (2019)
The 20th album from this German band.
The band is a quintet on this album with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and vocals.
The band had help from keyboards, female vocalist and a youth choir.
Eloy is now Frank Borneman, the original member of Eloy.
This album is part II of the Jean D'Arc epos. The first epos released two years ago got a warm welcome. Mostly because Frank Borneman had the guts enough to go for such a project. And the music was also good and warmed the hearts of all Eloy fans. It was true to the Eloy as a band.
Frank Borneman deserve a heck of a lot credit and admiration for these two albums. Brave albums when nobody would have blamed him if he had retired Eloy or released less brave albums.
These two album has gone on to cement and enhance Eloy's good reputation.
I think the label "spaced out German symphonic prog" also fits the label on this album. The album reeks Eloy from their classic era at the same time as this is also a symphonic prog album. Although with some neo-prog elements.
The story should be well known for anyone into European history and Eloy takes us through it with keyboards, guitars, choir and vocals. Mostly Frank's good vocals who still stands up to all tests on this album.
The music is both epic and melodic. There is no great songs here. Nevertheless, fans of Eloy can rightly be proud of this album. Me too is very happy about spending time with this album.
This is a good album indeed.