Year : 1986 (Japan Remastered Edition 2005)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Germany
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Videos
Size : 167 mb
The history of ZENO began to take shape in the early seventies when Zeno Roth and Ule W. Ritgen formed their first band (BLACK ANGEL) in Hanover. Influenced by classic rock bands like Cream, Yes and Jimi Hendrix, both musicians played together for some years while attending university. When this band had broken up in 1977, Ule Ritgen played bass in the band of Zeno’s brother, Uli Jon Roth, appearing on three Electric Sun albums.By 1980, Zeno Roth and Ule Ritgen were again working together, heading in a new direction. Zeno recalls: ” The music became more melodic, with stronger vocal parts than anything we had done before. Instead of just two guitars, we added keyboard parts and background harmonies. It started to sound like what we were striving for.”The complete line-up of ZENO was formed when Michael Flexig joined as a lead singer. On the basis of superb demo tracks, ZENO were awarded one of the largest recording contracts for a new band in rock history.The origin of the name “Zeno” traces back to a Greek philosopher, “Zeno of Citium (Cyprus)”, who founded the philosophy calledStoicism. Zeno (Zenon)’s philosophical system included logic and theory of knowledge, physics, and ethics — the latter being central. He held that happiness lies in living in accordance with the laws of Nature and Divine Reason, which governs the universe. A deep thinker, Zeno Roth, as a successor of such a Greek philosophical mind, is gifted with writing as well as making music. After the first album Zeno had been released in 1986 he went more into the writing field, as the music business at that time was not advantageous to melodious rock.However, the door to his music was knocked open anew by the Japanese listeners who loved “Eastern Sun” from the re-released album Zeno in 1993. It fits together that the East, the country of the “Rising Sun” should be directly responsible for rekindling Zeno’s desire to continue creating his music.As a next step, Zenology was delivered in 1995, with songs that had been composed in the non-active period of the band ZENO. Although those songs were not newly composed, some of them hit many people with the everlasting touch of ZENO’s powerful melody. (Like “Together”).In 1998, the third album Listen To The Light was released. It gained a high reputation with its melodious lyricism, containing profound and yet positive messages, spiritual, social and political, concepts for the future, plus his amazing guitar playing. In April 1999, when Zero Corporation was liquidated, the deal was taken over by Toshiba EMI(EMI Music Japan).In the annual reader’s pop poll of 1998 by Burrn! magazine, Listen To The Light was voted No. 2 as an album, and Zeno Roth reached the position No. 2 (guitarist) and No. 3 (songwriter). “Meet Me At The Rainbow” reached No. 9 as a tune. In August 2000, Zeno moved to the United Kingdom and continued recordings for the new album.In October 2003, he decided to release the past three albums (Zeno, Zenology, Listen To The Light), in a fully re-mastered and enhanced edition, also with bonus tracks, called The Making Of ZENO, which include the legendary demo takes, leading up to the first deal with EMI UK. In 2004 Zeno finalized the digital remaster of the past albums, and in addition Zenology II, a new compilation of previously unreleased material, was released. In November, the first album Zeno was re-released in Europe as well.In September 2006, the new studio album Runway to the Gods is released. No. 19 of the Oricon album Chart in Japan on the very first day. Again, Zeno Roth is voted No. 2 as a guitarist in the annual Burrn! poll 2006. Here are the complete results for ZENO: “2006 The 23rd Annual Burrn! Readers’ Pop Poll” *Guitarist: #2 Zeno Roth *Album Cover: #2 Runway To The Gods *Songwriter: #3 Zeno Roth *Tune: #3 Fanfares Of Love *Pleasure: #5 ZENO released a new album *Album: #8 Runway To The Gods *Group: #27 ZENO” In 2009, Zeno moves to Japan, where he is working on numerous new projects.Roth died on 5 February 2018. According to his brother, he had been sick for several years.
This is a very special post here; musician Zeno Roth, younger brother of Scorpions founder Uli Jon Roth, passed away at age 61 few weeks ago after battling years of illness. His band, ZENO, released a bunch of wonderful albums between the Eighties / Nineties, and this is our homage here with his most celebrated LP - and for us one the best '80s albums in general - debut "Zeno" in its Japanese remastered reissue plus 5 bonus tracks.Indeed, for me, "Zeno" is one of the most impressive debuts from the '80s. It has it all: AOR melodies, Melodic Rock catchiness, and Hard Rock punch. Think Boston, Queen and Scorpions rolled into one, but Zeno had his own, unique identity and sound.Although "Zeno" was not a hit LP by any means, the album’s back story reveals that the music industry expected great things from Zeno Roth. Zeno were the subject of a bidding war among labels, and in the end Zeno wound up receiving one of the biggest contracts ever for a brand new band.But the story gets convoluted, with Zeno taking longer than expected to record and going over budget in the process. Well, it paid its dividends, believe me.The production on "Zeno" is pin-perfect. It’s obvious that meticulous attention was paid to capturing a full, rich sound on this record (more than likely the reason Zeno was over-budget).Roth’s guitar work is exceptional, and his compositions seem to mirror his own reputation as a spiritual and philosophical guy. The vocals are done by Michael Flexig, a man who sings in an impossibly high register and has the pipes to give credence to these celestial and uber-melodic pieces.The original "Zeno" album consists of ten proper songs - and one brief, incredibly good instrumental titled 'Sunset'. All tracks are excellent, different, unique, exceptional.'Emergency' is pure '80s AOR with its fantastic choruses, then exquisite cuts like 'Heart On The Wing', 'A Little More Love' (penned by bassist U. Winsomie Ritgen), the dreamy 'Don't tell the Wind' and 'Circles Of Dawn' always bring a cheerful smile to my otherwise hideously ugly mug.As bonus, we have the non-album track 'Don't count me Out' and early versions from some of the best songs of the album.Uplifting melodic hard rock is the motto in "Zeno" with emphasis on spirituality and pictorial lyrical themes which more than establishes the potential of the three basic members.For that matter you can expect super melodic guitar leads and stylish chords, Ritgen's trademark bass playing and Flexing's immense choruses; still as a sign of times, Michael sings incredibly high on the majority of the album therefore not making full use of his incredible range (which he uncovers on the follow up Zeno albums).This is a little masterpiece of an album that after all these years still visits my CD player regularly. R.I.P. Zeno Roth, and thanks for your incredible music.
Zeno Roth - guitar, backing vocals (R.I.P. 2018)
Michael Flexig - vocals, backing vocals
U. Winsomie Ritgen - bass, backing vocals
Chuck Burgi - drums
Rudy Kae - drums
Chris Thompson - backing vocals
Don Airey - keyboards
David Austin - backing vocals
Stuart Elliott - percussion, drums
Martin Jay - backing vocals
Carl Marsh - keyboards
John Quist - backing vocals
01. Eastern Sun - 4:46
02. A Little More Love - 3:48
03. Love Will Live - 4:43
04. Signs On The Sky - 3:58
05. Far Away - 4:34
06. Emergency - 3:01
07. Don't Tell The Wind - 6:11
08. Heart On The Wing - 5:16
09. Circles Of Dawn - 3:53
10. Sent By Heaven - 4:50
11. Sunset - 0:35
"The Making Of Zeno" Extra Tracks:
12. Don't Count Me Out - 3:36
13. Signs On The Sky (Earlier Version) - 3:42
14. Far Away (Earlier Version) - 3:16
15. Don't Tell The Wind (Earlier Version) - 5:20
16. Love Will Live (Earlier Version) 4:40
+ Video "Love Will Live" (Official Video)
+ Video "A Little More Love" (Official Video)
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