(All Album Reviews by Burgess Penguin)
Michel Berckmans- Piano, Bassoon, Horn, Oboe, Melodica
Daniel Denis- Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica
Dirk Descheemaeker- Clarinet
Reginald Trigaux- Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Vocals
(To be read in a Rod Serling voice) Imagine if you will, if Igor Stravinsky or Bela Bartok had been born a good 40 or so years later than they were. Imagine if you will that either one got hip to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and the then-emerging sounds of King Crimson or Magma. Imagine if Igor or Bela hand-picked members of each of these bands and gave them a crash course in classical performance techniques and turned them loose with a bunch of new original compositions where beauty and harsh dissonance not just co-exist, but collide, fuse, splinter and produce chamber music flavored bursts of dark brilliance.
This would definitely be rough going for someone whose musical adventurousness goes as far as Celine Dion singing that obnoxious "Titanic" song in French (as one Prog Ears member put it). But for those fed up with sappy sentimentality and noxious fakery, Univers Zero is definitely your shotglass of sonic firewater.
Cheers from your friendly Belgian bartenders and that happy-go-lucky Trigaux family.