ELOY

Non-Metal / Proto-Metal • Germany
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Eloy is a hard rock/space rock band formed in 1969 by Frank Bornemann. Bornemann stated that the name 'Eloy' came from H.G. Wells's book 'The Time Machine', and Eloy is a human race in the story. They released their self-titled debut in 1971. They released 12 studio albums and a soundtrack before breaking up in 1984, only to reform 4 years later with 'Ra'. Eloy has experienced many line-up changes over the years, the current one consisting of Frank Bornemann, Michael Gerlach, Hannes Folberth, Steve Mann, Klaus-Peter Matziol, Bodo Schopf.

Their style has changed over the years from decade to decade. They began as a hard rock band on their debut, and on their second release 'Inside' they began to combine hard rock and space rock not dissimilar to what Hawkwind has done. On these early albums, the band also used many elements of early heavy metal. They stuck with this
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ELOY albums / top albums

ELOY Eloy album cover 3.50 | 7 ratings
Eloy
Proto-Metal 1971
ELOY Inside album cover 3.81 | 9 ratings
Inside
Proto-Metal 1973
ELOY Floating album cover 4.07 | 11 ratings
Floating
Proto-Metal 1974
ELOY Power and the Passion album cover 3.80 | 10 ratings
Power and the Passion
Proto-Metal 1975
ELOY Dawn album cover 3.72 | 10 ratings
Dawn
Non-Metal 1976
ELOY Ocean album cover 4.48 | 13 ratings
Ocean
Non-Metal 1977
ELOY Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes album cover 3.93 | 11 ratings
Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
Non-Metal 1979
ELOY Colours album cover 3.16 | 9 ratings
Colours
Non-Metal 1980
ELOY Planets album cover 3.76 | 11 ratings
Planets
Non-Metal 1981
ELOY Time to Turn album cover 3.75 | 10 ratings
Time to Turn
Non-Metal 1982
ELOY Performance album cover 3.70 | 8 ratings
Performance
Non-Metal 1983
ELOY Metromania album cover 3.40 | 8 ratings
Metromania
Non-Metal 1984
ELOY Ra album cover 2.58 | 6 ratings
Ra
Non-Metal 1988
ELOY Destination album cover 2.40 | 7 ratings
Destination
Non-Metal 1992
ELOY The Tides Return Forever album cover 3.07 | 6 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
Non-Metal 1994
ELOY Ocean 2: The Answer album cover 3.55 | 9 ratings
Ocean 2: The Answer
Non-Metal 1998
ELOY Visionary album cover 3.06 | 8 ratings
Visionary
Non-Metal 2009
ELOY The Vision, The Sword, and the Pyre (Part 1) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Vision, The Sword, and the Pyre (Part 1)
Non-Metal 2017
ELOY The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre: Part II album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre: Part II
Non-Metal 2019

ELOY EPs & splits

ELOY live albums

ELOY Eloy Live album cover 4.04 | 4 ratings
Eloy Live
Non-Metal 1978
ELOY Reincarnation on Stage album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Reincarnation on Stage
Non-Metal 2014

ELOY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ELOY Codename Wildgeese album cover 1.96 | 3 ratings
Codename Wildgeese
Non-Metal 1985

ELOY re-issues & compilations

ELOY Wings of Vision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wings of Vision
Non-Metal 1982
ELOY Rarities album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Rarities
Non-Metal 1991
ELOY Chronicles I album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Chronicles I
Non-Metal 1993
ELOY Chronicles II album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Chronicles II
Non-Metal 1994
ELOY The Best of Eloy Vol. 1: The Early Days 1972-1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Eloy Vol. 1: The Early Days 1972-1975
Proto-Metal 1994
ELOY The Best of Eloy Vol. 2: The Prime 1976-1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Eloy Vol. 2: The Prime 1976-1979
Non-Metal 1996
ELOY Chronicles I and II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chronicles I and II
Non-Metal 2000
ELOY Timeless Passages - The Very Best of Eloy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best of Eloy
Non-Metal 2003
ELOY Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes / Colours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes / Colours
Non-Metal 2011
ELOY Essential album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential
Non-Metal 2012
ELOY Inside / Floating / Power and the Passion / Dawn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power and the Passion / Dawn
Proto-Metal 2012

ELOY singles (15)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Walk Alone
Proto-Metal 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Daybreak / On the Road
Proto-Metal 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Wings of Vision / Sunset
Non-Metal 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
Non-Metal 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time to Turn / Through a Somber Galaxy
Non-Metal 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time to Turn / The Flash
Non-Metal 1982
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fools
Non-Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sensations
Non-Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Rainbow
Non-Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Call of the Wild
Non-Metal 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fire and Ice
Non-Metal 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Generation of Innocence
Non-Metal 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Childhood Memories
Non-Metal 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Answer
Non-Metal 1998
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Challenge
Non-Metal 2009

ELOY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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The Legacy Box
Non-Metal 2010

ELOY Reviews

ELOY Floating

Album · 1974 · Proto-Metal
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Unitron
Eloy's a band that has gone through many phases, and I love a lot of their stuff. Their 80's blend of new wave, hard arena rock, and pop of Performance and Metromania have grown to become favorites of mine, but the heavy psych/space metal of Floating will always remain my absolute favorite from the band and one of my top albums of the 70's.

This album showed me how far subtle atmospheric touches can go in creating a journey in album form. Even in a loud album with roaring guitars, swinging organ, and a gargantuan rhythm section, the ways they create atmosphere are keeping with the intensity of the instruments. What sounds like palm-muted riffing is used to create strange spacey sounds with the guitars/bass, the organ is given time to play quiet melodies in the background, vocals sometimes echo, and guitar harmonies can play short otherworldly notes. Castle in the Air, which might be my all time favorite Eloy song, is a perfect example of these touches. During the bridge, the guitar is still aggressive, but quieter with that spacey effect. I haven't heard anything like it in any other album, but damn does it sound perfect.

Aside from the unique sound, both the ear for guitar melodies and the rhythm section makes this album. Castle in the Air's opening riff just instantly hooks with its fantastic melody. Bassist Luitjen Jansen and drummer Fritz Randow are playing with the energy of a thousand men, even with the whole band being incredibly energetic already. The finale of Madhouse (No relation to Anthrax's) gallops and shreds like no other and has one of the craziest drum solos I've ever heard outside of a live context. No wonder Randow would go on to play for Saxon on a couple of their heaviest albums.

Simply a classic in my book.

ELOY Performance

Album · 1983 · Non-Metal
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Unitron
Among the many bands that made the transition from the 70's to the 80's, Eloy was one of the best at adapting to the new decade. They perfected their space rock/heavy metal hybrid in the 70's with the trilogy of Inside, Floating, and Power and the Passion, and with Performance they perfect a new sound appropriate for the decade.

Performance, as well as the equally excellent follow up Metromania, are a bit hard to pin down as far as genre goes, but they're so wonderfully 80's in the best ways. It's basically a combination of multiple 80's sounds, from new wave to the new wave of heavy metal, it's made to fit Eloy's own mold. Opener In Disguise is a fantastic piece of 80's new wave-tinged hard rock, and is what should've actually been Top Gun's theme song. Shadow and Light has some great metal riffing, Mirador is an instrumental dominated by bass and synth interplay, Heartbeat and Fools are more fantastic 80's new wave rock, and A Broken Frame closes out the album in a majestic fashion.

The best part about this album is just how electrified and energetic the band sounds. Even a song like Surrender which is just drenched in 80's cheese, turns into a total bop with how much these guys are having fun. It translates to the listener so well, it feels like I'm watching these guys on stage at a big arena.

Is it 70's heavy space rock? No, but it has no reason to be. If you want that, there's the fantastic albums they did in the 70's for that. It still sounds like Eloy, just with a new sound that fits the decade much better.

ELOY Codename Wildgeese

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1985 · Non-Metal
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Modrigue
An ELOY soundtrack? Without Frank?

Deceiving... There is not much of ELOY's touch here, not even the space sci-fi rock approach they tried to develop in the mid 80's. One of the reason is that the band broke up after the former album, "Metromania", and three members recorded this soundtrack without Frank Bornemann under ELOY's name. The result is... pretty dated and uninspired. Synth pop rock put in short and mainly instrumental tracks. The (few) songs which save the record are often electronic.

The disc opens with "The Patrol", which first notes makes you wonder if it is truly music from ELOY you are listening to. The tune is poor and quickly boring. Same goes for "Hong Kong Theme I". "Hit And Run" is one the most enjoyable piece of the soundtrack with its futuristic and laser sound. Then comes the only sung moment of the disc, "Queen Of Rock'n'Roll", which is just a basic hair pop-metal song. "Destiny", "Deadlock" and "A Long Goodbye" work ok as ambient and mysterious tunes, whereas "Discovery", "Juke Box", "Cha-Shoen" and "On the Edge" are a bit lazy and repetitive. The end does not get better.

"Codename Wildgeese" is the only ELOY release without its leader Frank Bornemann and easily the worst. Don't expect enchanting melodies, guitar solos, symphonic evolutions or space metal here. The only interests are some electro ambient short pieces. The rest just ressembles a flat action movie soundtrack from the 80's.

ELOY Reincarnation on Stage

Live album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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Modrigue
For their 45th anniversary, ELOY releases its second official live album, "Reincarnation on Stage". The set-list features extracts from the Bornemann and co.'s best records since 1975: "Power and the Passion", "Dawn", "Ocean", "Silent Echoes and Mighty Cries", "Colours", "Planets", "Time to Turn", "Metromania", "The Tides Return Forever" "Ocean 2" and "Visionary". The songs are mostly rather faithful to their original studio versions, a bit rock-ier.

The first disc has a few modifications though. "Namaste" is pleasant ambient opening with spoken words in English. The guitars on "Child Migration" are heavier, however the introduction is absent and the synthesizer, less present. The track thus increases in intensity but loses a piece of its charm. The final "Echoes"-like bass driven part of "The Apocalypse" has also been removed. "Age of Insanity" and "Illuminations" feature nice keyboard solos, while Frank Bornemann demonstrates his guitaristic talents on "Silhouette". "Horizons" has a strange sound which results in an average rendition.

There are much less variations on the second disc. The live versions of the songs simply rocks! The only noticeable change is that "Atlantis' Agony"'s long overture has been cut off. "Thoughts" is a pretty conclusion.

"Reincarnation on Stage" is a great overview of the band's career, as the set-list covers more than 30 years. As on the 1978 "Live" album, there are no big surprises, but the performances are very nice. This double live album should please all fans of Bornemann and co. and is also a good way to discover ELOY.

ELOY Eloy Live

Live album · 1978 · Non-Metal
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Modrigue
After the success of "Dawn" and especially "Ocean", ELOY is now popular enough to tour in Germany and to release their first live album, simply titled "Live". The track-list consists mainly of tracks of the two aforementioned opuses, with one song from "Inside" and "Power and the Passion". There is no material from their debut, as it is not really ELOY yet, and from "Floating", as its style has always been a bit apart in the Germans' discography. In fact, "Ocean" was initially entirely performed, but, due to technical issues, "Decay Of Logos" had to be removed from the recording.

The live renditions are overall faithful to their studio versions. Some passages have been made more theatrical and features spoken sentences in German. As there were no orchestra, the tracks from "Dawn" are lighter, but nonetheless very nice, even if I'm not a big fan of "The Sun Song" and "Gliding Into Light And Knowledge". "The Dance In Doubt And Fear" is in fact followed by "Lost!? (Introduction)". A powerful moment with a pretty guitar solo in the beginning. As they were not originally played by the "golden" line-up, "Mutiny" and "Inside"'s reinterpretation are quite bombastic. "Atlantis' Agony" has been stretched to 21 minutes. This rather useless and lengthy extension concerns the ambient spacey introduction and does neither really bring something interesting nor enhance the source composition.

For Bornemann and co.'s lovers, there will be no big surprises here, unlike GROBSCHNITT's "Solar Music Live" for example. However, this release is still very good, proving that the band could deliver a robust performance. At this period, during the punk explosion, there were not many live albums from progressive rock bands at this period.

Recommended to ELOY and space rock fans.

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