(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
As a newcomer to Univers Zero, I have literally been floored by the chamber meets avant-garde meets rock aesthetics that this band brings to table. To make matters more interesting, is that this intense, experimental Belgian band has never played in the United States before.
Univers Zero, the brainchild of the drumming genius, Daniel Denis, has often assembled countless kindred musicians that have the same vision of creating music that is challenging (in a very good way) to both listener and the musicians as well. After years of languishing in the vaults, the lost album, Crawling Wind, a compilation of improvisations and studio tracks finally was remastered and released in 2001, and longtime fans were more than enamored with the results of this gem.
Without taking away from the originality of Univers Zero, for those whom have never heard this great band, this album in particular is cross breed of King Crimson via Larks' Tongues In Aspic (My Favorite King Crimson album) and Gentle Giant (sans vocals) at their most baroque, but even then neither group compares to the music produced here.
It is great that Univers Zero is now starting to get the well deserved accolades that has long eluded them within The States all these years, many of today's Avant-Prog bands have cited Univers Zero as a chief influence.
Crawling Wind, might not be the best Univers Zero album, but it is one of their most accessible albums, and well recommended for those fans looking to prepare for this band's invasion of United Sates at next year's Nearfest festival.