Metal Forces Magazine January 1989
Written By Dave Shack
“Good old Eloy! They’ve really turned up the trumps on this, their umpteenth record in a twelve year existence. If you fancy a hybrid of Sky, Alan Parsons Project, Genesis and Pink Floyd, the Eloy are for you. Techno-rock it most certainly is where you, the listener, are first invited onboard the “Voyager Of The Future Race” where keyboards, sampled drums and a raw guitar set the scene for a trip beyond…and back again.
For me, this kind of music, which is neither Hard Rock nor Heavy Metal, yet owes it’s roots to such a genre, is excellent for relaxation purposes. Does that sound derogatory? Well, it’s not meant to be. It is uplifting, positive and perfectly executed, especially the second track “Sensations.”
“Dreams,” starts off with a whispered vocal part above Frank Bornemann’s guitar riff which, while threatening to explode into a rampant rocker, never does and gives way to layered female backing vocals and a fully orchestrated mid-section. Masterfully crafted indeed!
Soul-less some may call this kind of music, but I’m (every so often) a fan of this machine-tight material which strives to create, and succeeds in achieving, a very distinct atmosphere and ambiance. Check out “Rainbow” for conformation of this.
All in all a competent release by those talented Germans, and one which could endear them to a host of new fans.”
Publication And Date Unknown
“The ghostly spectre of “progressive” rock emerges rattling and clanking from the grave in the shape of the new album from German mega-stars Eloy, who’ve still to make a major impact on the masses over here. Their music has the sort of sweepingly grandiose quality that lost it’s appeal for British audiences with the advent for punk but still captivates a great many Continental record-buyers. “Ra” is a superbly melodic rock album, and you’d be well advised to give it a hearing if the crassness of much Anglo-American rock leaves you unfulfilled.”
Metal Hammer Magazine December 1988
Written By Valerie Potter
“Let’s pass over the album sleeve which reminds me of the kind of profound statements we used to make in the sixth form art class and move quickly to the vinyl, which is a typically quirky offering from the legendary German progressive band, Eloy.
Eloy have existed in one form or another for twelve years, but split up two years ago. “Ra,” is basically the brainchild of original band member, vocalist, guitarist and producer Frank Bornemann, who owns Horus Studios in Hannover where the likes of Helloween, Celtic Frost and Kreator record.
The concept behind the album deals with the anguish and anxiety suffered by a scientifically produced human, the result of genetic cloning. That’s not a concept I find easy to identify with and brings me back to a problem I’ve always had with Eloy, Yes, Floyd and bands of that ilk; cold and clever lyrics just turn me OFF! The album is lighter and more spacey than previous Eloy records and walks the thin line between artiness and pretension; the disembodied female voice which intrudes from time to time occasionally sounds like a particularly refined British Rail announcer.
However, the quality of the instrumentation and production of the album are quite superb with some tasty wailing guitar solos. For my money, they two outstanding tracks are the claustrophobic “Sensations,” and “Dreams,” with it’s delightfully cosmic freefall chorus.
A must for all Eloy fans and space cadets everywhere.”
Publication And Date Unknown
Written By Mick Wall
“Hard rockers can turn the page right now! Metal intellectuals, stay tuned because this baby is for you. But before you drag out the slide-rule and the pocket calculator I should point out that the Latin of Eloy’s compulsive prog-rock hymns has a tidy measure of good old pop-satin smeared over it’s aquiline features.
“Metromania” does sound a little like an energised version of mid-seventies Pink Floyd, that much is true, with very definite touches of Eighties Yes mixed in to add that digitally recorded sophisticated spice and flavour. However, let’s all agree now that comparisons are ultimately odious and, worse, entirely misleading. Eloy have a musical identity strong and refined enough to carry their own torch across the rock arenas of the Western world.
Opening with “Escape To The Heights,” it’s all burning guitars and saccarine keyboards polished with pop vocal harmonies that sprint along with the youthful panache of a frisky lamb in season. Bound, bound, bound, leap, leap, leap go the rhythm spirals of bass player Klaus Peter Matziol and drummer Fritz Randow, straight into the next track, “Seeds Of Creation”. Again it’s an up-tempo rocker sugar-coated in the melodic, tippy-toe doodlings of the keyboards, courtesy of Hans Filberth.
From here on in we’re starting to stroll through the remote electronic wastelands of Eloy’s complex polychromatic rock vision with “All Life’s One” and “The Stranger”. Lead vocalist/lead guitarist Frank Bornemann is not the kind of frontman to hog the limelight, but when he does step forward he’s as likely to leave his signature in red down the inside of your arm as he is to indelibly scare the brain-plate with his pointed boot heels. We’re talking talent here, people. You heard that word before? Yes? Then add Eloy to the cerebral library list…
Side Two commences with the two longest pieces of orchestral beauty the album has to offer- “Follow The Light” and “Nightriders”. Each clocks in at just over nine minutes and both are worth the wait, the kind of lengthy slogs worth laying out the ackers for it if you wanna mean serious business. Yes, they’re very Floyd in places, ultra Yes in other, but mostly it’s Eloy at it’s very, very best.
Listen to me; there are good people, like Malcolm Dome, who love this kind of music yet harbour hard and steady prejudices against Eloy because so far they’ve heard nothing that impresses them. (Un) Fair enough, maybe. But you listen to “Metromania” and, if you can, tell me this album is not wonderful. Just try it, I’ll eat you alive…”