Escape Velocity
Style: Progressive Electronic
Release date: 10 May, 2011
Playing time: 33:03

Clocking in at just over half an hour this album has a length that leads the thought back to the days of vinyl. So does the brand of electronic music served here, since Zombi has a strong retro vibe to their electronic sound. Zombi is in its basis a two man band from the USA but they have something about them that is very European sounding in my book.

Comparisons to Vangelis and Tangerine Dream springs to mind as well as to Giorgio Moroder and of course Kraftwerk. Hell I even hear some disco in this. The leanings towards a more Rush like sound as seen on some of their previous material are altogether gone; this is a pure electronic album.

The songs are quite long and trance and/or ambient like and is in no way what I would expect every metal head to like, in fact this album is not even what I would expect every progressive rock fan to like since guitars are virtually absent on the album. Finally it should be mentioned that the album is entirely acoustic, a thing that often delights a few but scares off more. For my part I think it is OK as it fits the music just fine. 

As said not an album I think that will cater for the taste of most of our readers I did find it rather difficult to rate as well. But mind you “77” is well within the “rock solid” category so give this a try if you feel adventurous.


01.  Escape Velocity
02.  Slow Oscillations
03.  Shrunken Heads
04.  DE3
05.  Time of Troubles


Label: Relapse Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 33/100
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 9 July, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/zombi