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DZYAN

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Album Review

Down to a three-piece, Dzyan mutated away from vocal prog rock of the first album to explore further jazz and ethnic tonalities, with far more improvisation. The opener, "Kabisrain," with the saz predominant, trips out into Eastern modalities, drifting in a hookah haze as various acoustic stings shift out of non-linear drumming. "Magika" is a more in-your-face intense jazz-rock workout, at places locking into a tight rhythm groove before loosening back into free form. "Light Shining Out of Darkness" relaxes the pace a bit, with Marron's jazzy acoustic guitar over more of Giger's highly inventive drumming. The final title track, which took up the entire second side of the original LP, goes from eerie space-trance to hyper-aggressive guitar riffing to a lengthy passage with up-tempo rhythms and McLaughlin-like guitar licks, and finally ends with a loopy, locked rhythm groove. Existing in a no-man's land between jazz and rock, and as a pre-curser to the post-rock crowd of the '90s, Time Machine, originally from 1973, was well ahead of its time.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

One of the more obscure gems of the early-'70s Krautrock scene, Dzyan, from the city of Mannheim in southern Germany, creatively blended elements of rock, improvised jazz, electronics, and ethnic music from Asia into something quite unique. With their name taken from the Indian book of creation, the original group that consisted of Jochen Leuschner, Dieter Kramer, Gerd Ehrmann, Reinhard Karwatky, and Ludwig Baum came together in January 1972 as a studio project. By April, their eponymous first album...
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  • €7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1973

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