|Mike McLatchey||20-August-2002||Abaton + Eros Aeloio|
Abaton - Abaton (1991)
Abaton - Eros Aeloio (1993)
These are a pair of Greek albums from the early 90s that have had a bit of attention in collector circles. The music of Abaton has a strange, soundtrack-like feel, combining symphonic, electronic and ethnic/folk musics together - perhaps what would happen if Ennio Morricone wrote the music and Vangelis accompanied by traditional Greek folk musicians played it.
On Abaton's 1991 debut, big string patches meet folk singers and percolating sequencers for an original, yet all-too-serious blend of Dead Can Dance meets classical music. While one must laud the outfit for its original take on its influences, one must also lament what they do with it, as there is barely a piece on here that holds the interest, droning on in a quasi-ritualistic, somber manner without very many memorable aspects to it. The album's lack of any interesting aspects make this release entirely forgettable.
The follow-up album, Eros Aeloio, does
little to improve matters, the aural equivalent of
five years in a monastery without anything but sacred
scriptures to read. As on the first album, Abaton
never sway from this somberly reverent feel, making me
wish that someone had a whoopie cushion during the
recording sessions. Everything seems done with an
excessive amount of formality, making even some of the
more interesting sections less so. Describing Abaton
as a Greek Dead Can Dance might be accurate, although
I don't remember the comparison being so depressing.
Eros Aeloio's electronics meet acoustics seem
like a good idea on paper, but the execution is likely
to send one for the No Doz. One would think that a
modernized ancient music with a ritualistic feel would
be of interest, but as I relisten to this, I'm
realizing that I'd rather be stuck in a new age store
listening station with only George Winston albums to
listen to than to play this again. It makes Coyote
Oldman look like your neighborhood high school's pep
squad. Hit your "back" button now.
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