Xaal - Secord Ere

Year of Release: 1995
Label: Musea Records
Catalog Number: FGBG 4149.AR
Format: CD
Total Time: 38:51:00

This posthumously released album let us hear a more spacious sound than on their debut On The Way (En Chemin). The album was produced two years after the actual recording and had to be a statement from the line-up at that particular time consisting of Patrick Boileau, Nicolas Neimer and Jad Ayache. With the inclusion of sax and synthesizer in the instrumental "Seconde Ere" gives a much darker sound that leans towards Zeuhl. Whilst the guitar remains in the background the fusion of different elements result in an unexpected accumulation of power where Crimson and Magma reign.

Listen to the opening track "Ràh" and feel the speakers coming down. It's as if the arrival of the Roman army is announced: power, power and even more power ! Marvel at the glorious fretless bass in the slightly oriental "Jamais Tranquille." "Al Abad" is more free-jazz oriented with some Brand X tendencies.

Dissonant sounds are the trademark of Xaal, whilst on the domain of percussion there's no way you can compare it. If you're looking for something mystic and entirely new and if you're into Zeuhl, Magma, Weidorje, Zao, then this is it!

Rah / Jamais Tranquille / Al Abad / Piège / Force

Patrick Boileau - drums, synths
Jad Ayache - guitar, synth
Nicolas Neimer - fretless bass
Alex Ferrand - sax
Nicolas Gen?t - trumpet

On The Way (1993)
Second Ere (1995)

Genre: RIO

Origin FR

Added: August 16th 2001
Reviewer: John Bollenberg

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Language: english


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