In 1998, the German prog rock band Eloy released their last album called Ocean 2, The Answer and they officially split up. However, after remastering their entire back catalogue, the response was so overwhelming that guitarist and lead singer Frank Bornemann decided to release a new Eloy-album especially for the die-hard fans.
Although I liked some of their old stuff, I have to state that this album is - in my humble opinion - not a good one. Most of the songs are rather predictable, dull and they lack musical passion. The band is running over the same old ground, while their music has aged enormously. Just listen to the poppy Summernight Symphony or to the longest track Mystery. The latter is the most tiresome track of the entire album as nothing exciting happens during that song. The only track I would call a good Eloy-song is Age Of Insanity featuring at least some rock riffs, nice keyboard playing and a more than average guitar solo. The rest of the material is very dull and not worth-wile compared to previous Eloy-material, but maybe my ears are no longer in good shape or perhaps Iím being too critical... Well.., judge for yourself!
** Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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