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Survolaj - s/t. 1992 Eurostar (LP); 2007 Soft Records (CD)

Well if yesterday's entry wasn't obscure enough for you, let's try Eddie's second CD submission: Survolaj. Now here's a band who actually had an LP out in 1992, and I hadn't even heard of it until very recently! And I had no clue it was reissued on CD as well. Yea.. I think that qualifies for UNDER THE RADAR. What perhaps is most extraordinary about this album is the original recording date of 1992. There are countless bands today recreating the early 1970s sounds and attitude. But no one was doing this in 1992. Especially in places like Romania. Or so I thought. Side 1 is an 18 minute brain blaster of a track called 'Broken Flight'. Survolaj are basically a guitar based trio, with guest on flute, and the sound here is remarkably similar to 1971 German outfits of the same mindset like Silberbart, Dies Irae, Haze, Blackwater Park, and Second Life. Wah wah bluesy guitar, histrionic vocals, and a hyper active rhythm section is what you can expect here. Outstanding. Side 2 (tracks 2 and 3) are decidedly more blues based, and recall the 1969/70 English scene. Classic early Led Zeppelin in particular seem to be a major influence here, though other bands like The Groundhogs, Ashkan, and Elias Hulk come to mind too.

What the heck? We need a Romanian scene!

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  1. Before the Soft Records issue, the Japanese Poor House issued a bootleg CD.

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    1. Yep - I saw that too Eddie. But I'm not mentioning THEM. LOL!

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  2. Very interesting! It was indeed rare to be copping an early 70s blues-based prog sound way back then... This does remind me of a couple of very obscure English groups from the early/mid 90s cassette-only underground scene, though. Courtyard Moth and Cardboard. I think both were from around the Leicestershire area and thus had a little coverage in the old Audion zine and Ultima Thule distribution that the Freeman brothers ran. I haven't heard either in a long time, but definitely remember them being in this particular vein.

    -Rob

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    1. Hi Rob - Courtyard Moth! There's a name I haven't heard since the old Audion days. I seem to recall reading they were quite good, but never knew if they released anything. And Cardboard doesn't ring a bell at all, so that's most interesting! I bet those cassettes are great!

      - Tom

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  3. Very good album, indeed. The vinyl (which I own) is quite rare, as it was released in Germany (I think) on a small label. Mind you, this was 1992, right after the fall of the communism and things were a bit shaky, to say the least. They have at least one album that I know, some sound, although the songs are shorter with more of a commercial potential. But good, nevertheless.

    bogdan

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    1. Very cool. Thanks for the info Bogdan!

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    2. Salut Bogdan,

      Vad ca au trecut ani de la postarea ta dar poate totusi citesti cumva asta. Daca da, da-mi un mesaj te rog, vreau sa te intreb ceva de Survolaj. Ma gasesti pe fb, /suman.mircea.7 , da un msj plz, imi intra la spam dar il citesc eu pana la urma :)

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