Zello - Quodlibet

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Musea Records
Catalog Number: FGBG 4278.AR
Format: CD
Total Time: 52:58:00

Those of you who have had the chance to hear the first Zello album (Zello out on Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM9614) probably thought an unreleased Kansas album had been found. Of course everyone was amazed once it became clear it concerns a brand-new band. The interest in this violin-driven combo has meant that various record companies have been negotiating in order to get this band onto their label. Finally it was Musea who was able to put the superb follow-up Quodlibet on their release sheet. We do find a new member in the person of drummer Svetlan Raket, but the rest of the band has been unchanged. This is a thing which can be heard very clearly here as the band sounds much more together than on their previous effort. That's why you'll find all of the genre's necessary ingredients in "I Will Be The Wind." In fact the entire album consists of four long songs which are held together by three very short instrumentals: "Spaken," "Pr?stpolskan" and "Elelundapolskan," each one of them ideas that could have been from the mind of the band Hedning?rna. That mixture of folk and progressive also enters "Flag Of Convenience" where the violin clearly is at war with the keyboards (swirling Hammond organ!) sounding as a cross between Kansas and Flower Kings! The highlight is the dramatic "Zwecia," with its 25 minutes, a sort of an ode to the homefront. Zello really is a true revelation!

I Will Be The Wind (6:53) / Spaken (1:04) / Flag Of Convenience (10:10) / Pr?stpolskan (0:57) / Zwecia (25:29) / Anthem Of The Long Forgotten Loss (8:22) / Ekelundapolskan (0:53)

Anders Altzarfeld - Hammond organ, mellotron, keyboards
Lennart Glenberg-Eriksson - violin
Danne Lindell - bass
Svetlan Raket - drums, percussion
P-O Saether - vocals

Zello (1996)
Quodlibet (1999)
First Chapter, Second Verse (2004)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin SE

Added: January 1st 2000
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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