Exposé Online banner

Corima — Quetzalcoatl
(Soleil Zeuhl 36, 2012, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Quetzalcoatl Cover artFor years I've been ripping bands for being being stylistic copycats of better known classic progressive acts: so many trying to sound like Genesis, Starcastle's shameless imitation of Yes, others trying to copy the sound of ELP, Goblin, and others. Now, to be fair, I have to rip Corima for sounding like a Magma clone. They have the sound down to a science – the complex and repetitive cycles, the insanely busy drumming, the pulsating bass grooves, the hyper male-female vocals in some mysterious language. The band members even take names from ancient Mayan lore. They seem to draw from all phases of the Magma sound (except the 1980s), and they do it extremely well. So there, I've done it – let's get on with this review. The band is a five piece now (this is their second album), featuring drums, keyboards, saxes, bass, and violin, with all members sharing vocal duties. The disc consists of essentially four long tracks – three are lengthy multi-part suites that would each have easily filled an album side back in the day, and the fourth track clocks in around seven minutes. Every moment of this disc is filled with bristling energy that never lets up. The violin and saxes compliment the rhythmic power and voices superbly (note: no guitars) driving a strong melodic groove in busy little cells, if the listener can keep up with the fast pace. The one slow section near the end of the title suite offers a nice repose. Okay, Eskaton and Eider Stellaire were Magma clones too, to varying degrees, and I enjoy both of those bands, as I do Corima. Definitely this album is one for the zeuhl enthusiast who can’t get enough!

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Corima

More info
http://www.soleilzeuhl.com

Latest news

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Änglagård - Epilog – The long-awaited sequel to the classic Hybris has brought with it a lot of hype, curiosity, and questions. Epilog clearly squelches any rumors of a sophomore slump, and has answered all doubters with...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues