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Eskaton:
1. French / () band created in 1970.

Formed in 1970, the ESKATON KOMMANDKESTRA continued the Zeuhl tradition spearheaded by Christian Vander’s MAGMA. In an move towards accessibility they discard the Kobaian lyrics, opting instead for their native French. In 1974 original members Xavier de Raymond (Fender piano), Gerard Konig (drums), Marc Rosenberg (bass guitar), and Alain Blesing (guitar) are joined by Paule Kleynnaert (vocals), Amara Tahir (vocals), Eris Guillaume (keyboards), and Andre Bernardi (guitar) becoming simply ESKATON.

1979 saw the release of their first single “Musique Post Atomique”, and the recording of their first album “4 Visions” (which would remain unreleased until 1981). Personnell changes (Alain Blessing, Eric Guillaume and Xavier de Raymond out, Gilles Rozenberg and MALICORNE’s violinist Patrick Lemercier in) resulted in shorter songs, tighter arrangements and their next release, 1980’s “Ardeur”. In 1983 after the addition of synthesizers into their arrangements, and a move away from their more traditional Zeuhl sound, ESKATON recorded their last release “Fiction”. In 1984 Gilles Rozenberg left the group, and the remaining members recorded their last album “I Care”, which was never released.

Now 20 years later, ESKATON remains one of Zeuhl’s brightest moments, and their album “4 Visions” (released on CD in 1995 through Sweeden’s Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label) is a masterpiece of the entire genre.
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  • Chadaya

    Like them better than Magma and Fen.

    18 Feb 7:57pm Reply
  • KCarao

    Ardeur is the best to me! And one of the best zeuhl albums I've heard.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KhalidMuhijadee

    Ardeur is pretty much on par with 4 Visions imo

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tightening-Gyre

    Four Visions is a classic. It's a shame the band doesn't exhibit the same caliber of workmanship and ambition in the rest of their discography.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Powerslide14

    Groovy music. Also, some of their lyrics are pretty freaking brilliant!

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • schokone

    fucking cool dude, but who cares?

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    boring

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Zypraxa

    @earinsound, Ha, I was just about to post something uncannily similar! :P Regardless of the language they utilise, their music is still piquantly intricate and diverse (ie utterly disorientating and frightening for the average person). So it's far from "accessible", in the standard terminology. In other news, I'd have to say, after Magma and Offering, this is my favourite Zeuhl ensemble... ËŠKÄŦÖN ÏȘṨ ḒḜ ḦṸȠĐȈŊ, ĦŮṜ!!!

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • marcojpjb

    They really should not have reunited, their new stuff sucks so hard

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • earinsound

    "In an move towards accessibility they discard the Kobaian lyrics" HA! if accessibility is what they wanted they are playing the wrong music. ESKATON are amazing.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • crackityjones92

    Zeuhl at it's finest *-*

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Demetriuss

    amazing band! i fell in love

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • alrm20

    Que belleza!! juemadre vida el progresivo es en definitiva lo mejor de lo mejor.

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • HOD2010

    fUCK ME, this is the best thing i have heard in ages.. hooked

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • metalrider666

    eeeeeeeeeeestakooon ooooooooohoohooho oooooooooooohooohooooho

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Polterguy

    4 visions is perfect

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    4 visions, one of the best albums ever made...

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • portobass

    Pitié is so beautiful

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SuMpfY

    best zeuhl band

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Vidreven

    I think 4 visions is their best album.

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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