Exposé Online banner

Eero Mieho — Athanora
(Melske CD-002, 1992, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1995-03-01

Athanora Cover artOriginally recorded in 1992, Athanora is a mystical album from Finnish keyboardist/harpist Eero Mieho who has pulled no less than 16 other musicians together to fill in the rest of the parts, on such instruments as guitar, vocals, marimba, oboe, sax, flute, drums, bass, and choir. But don't expect to hear a lot of these instruments going off at the same time; instead, the music is pretty low key (with a some very notable exceptions) and only uses these guests a few at a time, on an almost "as needed" basis, with guitarist Vesa Auvinen and Eero himself the only players to appear on each of the nine tracks. As previously noted, the writing is very low key, dark, mysterious, and moody which works to some extent but becomes a bit dull after a while. But just when it seems that the duration of the album will follow this pattern, a massive section of busy drumming, majestic guitar soloing and full vibrant chords rises to the fore, with a power and effectiveness that will make you wonder why the whole album didn't follow suit. Athanora is an impressive effort for an independent release, and is no doubt original, but with so many low spots it's hard to give it anything more than a marginal recommendation.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 6, 1992 releases

Related artist(s): Eero Mieho

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Riverside - Voices in My Head – This disk is meant to be a stopgap to fill time between this Polish band’s widely hailed 2004 debut Out of Myself and their latest full-length release Second Life Syndrome. The album is a...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues