Exposé Online banner

Areknames — Love Hate Round Trip
(Black Widow BWRCD 094-2, 2006, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2008-01-01

Love Hate Round Trip Cover artBy the very nature of the progressive rock “scene” you run into a lot of groups classified as retro, and by and large by “retro” people mean “sounds like Genesis.” This simplification of description does injustice to the variety of the actual progressive music of the era. Areknamés is a band that is fair to classify as retro. More than fair. They are a quartet featuring the compositions of keyboardist and vocalist Michele Epifani, who is in love with the music of the 70s and the analog gear used to make it. But this is darker material; not a jester in sight, and were one to show up the music video would consist of him being chased through the woods in the twilight and executed à la Blair Witch. The booklet mentions many obscure inspirations among the best “proto-prog” groups such as 2066 and Then, Second Hand, East of Eden, Cornucopia, and so on. The most apparent influence, however, is Van der Graaf Generator, both because Epifani sounds a great deal like Peter Hammill, and because many of the riffs have that driving odd-meter pulsating quality that made tracks such as “Lemmings” and “Scorched Earth” so unique to that group. The absence of saxophone and addition of sumptuous helpings of Mellotron and lead guitar changes the flavor ever so slightly, at least enough not to make this redundant. Gothic, angular, and just different enough, Areknamés is well worth exploring.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Areknamés

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Magma - Mythes et Légendes 1 – Not to be confused with their 1985 CD with the exact same title, this DVD is the first of four that are being compiled from the shows that took place at Le Triton from May 10th to June 4th 2005. Each...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues