Mike McLatchey 6-September-2002 Lost Paradise

Like that of neighbor France, Switzerland had some uncommon interest in symphonic rock beyond the advent of the 70s. Flame Dream must be the best example of this, beginning in the late 70s and creating music of an increasingly mainstream-influenced symphonic rock nature well into the 80s. Eloiteron were a band far less heralded, having only this one album, Lost Paradise, to show. This is a good example of an album in the style, slicked up a bit for the modern age and prone to shorter compositions than their influences. There are lots of keyboards of course, including mellotron, organ, and especially piano, as well as more unusual accompaniment by trumpet and other solo winds. Stylistically, Eloiteron are harder to pin down beyond calling them a mere symphonic group as their influences seem well integrated to where none in particular stand out beyond the occasional Steve Hackett-influenced guitar line. Generally, the emphasis is on sweetly melodic themes with an occasional jaunt into more aggressively dissonant territory. The similarities to Flame Dream are particularly apparent with the rather few vocal sections, approaching late 70s German symphonic rock in both their debt to Genesis and the quaint, slightly accented vocals. Pulling this album out after many years, it occured to me that this was both a lot better than I remember it and likewise quite undistinctive. It's really only the last couple longer pieces where my interest is raised just above the usual.

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