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Univers Zéro

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Univers Zéro are an instrumental Belgian band known for playing dark music heavily influenced by 20th century chamber music. The band was formed in 1974 by drummer Daniel Denis. For a time they were part of a musical movement called Rock in Opposition (RIO) which strove to create dense challenging music, a direct contrast to the disco and punk music being produced in the late 1970s. Obvious early influences were Bartók and Stravinsky however the band also cited less well known composers such as Albert Huybrechts, who was also Belgian.

Their early albums were almost entirely acoustic but with later releases their sound became more electric. In 1977 they released their first album 1313 on which the members played with a heavy rock and roll approach despite the fact that the instrumentation was largely acoustic. This is mostly due to the use of drums. Two years later the album Heresie proved to be even darker. It has been called some of the scariest music ever committed to record.

Subsequent albums lightened the sound only slightly, but became ever more electric. Whereas early albums featured oboes, spinets, harmoniums and mellotrons their 1980s albums tended to rely more on synthesizer and electric guitar. Despite these changes their overall sound remained fairly consistent.

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  • Ranunculus

    The new album is better than the previous one, as for my tastes.

    7 Jun 5:53pm Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    their debut self titled album is probably one o the very few really great and outstanding "rock in opposition" releases, only it's much closer to Stravinsky than rock music.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bazinko

    New love! Heresie reminds me of Goblin meets Tangerine Dream meets Dead Can Dance. Which, of course, is a superb thing.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    The best RIO band ever.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Antikrun

    the band itself is underrated

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Enoch-Fox

    might be the right way but i can't type that thing

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    you need to manually vote for an auto correction or something

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    They can "merge" pages with the auto-spelling correction. They could make it so anytime someone scrobbled with this spelling, it would "correct" the spelling to Univers Zero. Other than that, no real "merging" could really take place.

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Agravenlife

    The incorrectly spelled name is the 'official' page with a downloadable track because the band or their label made it so.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Agravenlife

    I don't think last.fm will eventually merge any pages, as they have no idea how to do that.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • GasolineTree

    i love this band!! i think last.fm will eventually merge the two pages

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Gothic chamber rock.

    4 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Equality7-2521

    I hate how the incorrectly spelled band name currently has the spot as the official tag.

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • pleinelumiere

    what a pity the songs are not playable :-(. can you please make some of them available for streaming? i love this band very much

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Meh

    The debut album just got a remixed/remastered reissue from Cuneiform with a 28-minute live version of "La Faulx" added to the album. This is how you reissue an album, folks.

    31 May 2008 Reply
  • meana

    this is the right way, folks.

    23 Mar 2007 Reply
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