Exposé Online banner

Gerard — Pandora's Box
(Musea FGBG 4221.AR, 1997, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-10-01

Pandora's Box Cover art

Seems like just last issue we reviewed Gerard's latest, The Pendulum, and already there's a new album out. The lineup on Pandora's Box remains the same, led by the positively amazing keyboard talent of Toshio Egawa (take everything that was great about Emerson and Wakeman around '72 and put them into one person, and you're getting close), and still featuring Canadian born vocalist Robin Suchy. Most of the tracks herein are dominated by Egawa's keys (there is no guitar), though bassist Atsushi Hasegawa and drummer Masuhiro Goto exude a passion for tight playing that is uncommon. Extremely intense and forceful, especially the opener "Chaos" and the multi-part title suite, clocking in at over ten minutes. One thing that is clearly different between this and the previous album is that while The Pendulum contained re-workings of several older songs from the 80s ("Heaven," "Orpheus," "Empty Lie"), this latest release is all new material. Half the songs here (six total) are purely instrumental, and of the tracks that feature vocals, two are very appropriate in a 'progressive rock' context. Only on the closer "Freedom," an out-and-out pop anthem, do the vocals become a major annoyance. But learn to live with it, because the rest of the album is definitely hot.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 13, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Gerard

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves – Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves is a Dots album released in honor of their 25th anniversary. Over 25 years the band has gone through a number of changes and today the Dots are Niels...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues