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Overall Rating as of 9/26/10: 4.1 out of 5 with 11 ratings

Mark Carter
4 stars - This is such an enjoyable gem of a CD, all neat keyboards including the mighty mellotron. Some may write it off as an ELP clone, but listen closely and there is so much more going on.Someday proggers will look back on this as an undiscovered jewel. Get it while you can!!!

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Erik Neuteboom
3 stars - This is a four piece USA progrock formation. Some members have played in the progrock bands PYE FYTE (a ‘vintage’ keyboard heaven) and A TRIGGERING MYTH and on GENTLE GIANT covers albums. The line-up from ECCENTRIC ORBIT is Bill Noland on bass, Madeleine Noland on wind controlled synthesizer and keyboards, Mark Cella on drums and Derek Roeback on keyboards. The music on their debut-album "Attack of the Martians" is a tribute to the sound of EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER ("Trilogy"-era).

Despite the fact that some members played on GENTLE GIANT covers albums, ECCENTRIC ORBIT plays keyboard leaden progrock with strong echoes from ELP, the "Trilogy"-era. The five dynamic compositions feature a propulsive rhythm-section as a base for sumptuous keyboard play with a leading role for the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizers, flight after flight, what a splendid tribute to ELP! In some songs we can trace the sound of the Fender Rhodes electric piano (imagine the legendary intro from "Riders on the Storm" from The DOORS), the Wurlitzer piano and the swinging clavinet. The strong title-track (3 parts) contains a bombastic duel between the Moog and Fender Rhodes. The even longer, very alternating track "Forbidden Planet" (4 parts) starts with a spooky and hypnotizing climate, followed by lots of changes of atmosphere and tempo delivering many waves of a violin-Mellotron and runs on synthesizers, concluded by fragile piano play. Along ELP, this composition also evokes ARS NOVA and other ELP-inspired Japanese bands like SOCIAL TENSION and DEJA VU. The music on this instrumental CD is beyond original but sounds exciting.

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Atavachron, SPECIAL COLLABORATOR, Art Rock Specialist 
5 stars -  Science fiction has always been a welcome and approprite theme for concept albums in progressive rock. The two forms just seem to marry well and suit each other. That's one of the great things about this band's self-produced debut; a wild and wacky homage to the classic sci-fi films of the 1950s and 60s. Then of course there's the music, which is a syn-phonic lover's fantasy come to life.

Eccentric Orbit is the Massachusetts quartet of monster bassist Bill Noland, his more than able wife Madeleine on wind-controlled synths, powerful drummer Mark Cella and the solid Derek Roebuck on keys, and a more wonderful blend of fun and musicianship I do not know of. The players don't appologize for their serious take on the absurdly space-age, and play with glee the five cuts like a B movie score raised to glory. 'Star Power' sets the eerie tone with an ancient-sounding mellotron sample leading to Bill Noland's pounding bass line. 'Sputnik' continues the impending attack with foreboding organs... and the invasion begins-- saucers appear in the sky and start blasting buildings, people are running for their lives, oh the humanity! Then, silence. They have landed and it'll be no time before there are martians everywhere and the world is theirs. The three-part title track rocks symphonic and both reminds of and rivals ELP's 'Tarkus'. Drama, chops, imagination, this band has it all and the music stays buoyant throughout this CD. 'Forbidden Planet', a four-part extravaganza based on the seminal 1956 film, takes us through psycho-space, Floydian meanderings and a look inside the culture of the Krell with great melodies and stellar synth work from Madeleine Noland. A final showdown with 'The Enemy of My Enemy' wraps things up and reprises the main theme. Lavish in musical content and unnerving in tone but without the blackness or depressive nature of doom music, this was one of the best releases of 2004 and is the kind of little treasure that may disappear someday. So look to the skies and if you see something strange, put this record on.

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dalt99 
4 1/2 stars -  DON'T let the silly CD cover fool you. This is a GREAT new instrumental progressive rock band from Massachusetts. No fooling around here. The sound is similar in style to ELP, Yes and Rush though with a bit more of a spacy science fiction feel. The reason for that feel is because of the featured keyboard work (including Mellotron, Hammond, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet) from Madeleine Noland and Derek Roebuck. Madeleine also plays analog wind- controlled synthesizers which really give the album a spacy feel. This music however, is not ambient. Far from it. The other two bandmates, writer Bill Noland (bass) and Mark Cella (drums), really love to bring in some tasty rhythms that energizes the music and impress. The bass lines are not simple and are always keeping things groovin'. The drumming is also superb and never boring. Impressive debut from EO. I hope to hear more from them. If you are a fan of 70's prog from Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes and ELP or music featuring a classic analog keyboard sound then this CD is very recommended! Note - The drummer, Mark Cella, owns M&M Records, the label that released this album.

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mharringtin@d 
4 stars -  This is such an enjoyable gem of a CD, all neat keyboards including the mighty mellotron. Some may write it off as an ELP clone, but listen closely and there is so much more going on.Someday proggers will look back on this as an undiscovered jewel. Get it while you can!!!

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bongolong@cox 
5 stars -  May the B3 be with you! 

Do you love old 50's sci-fi movies? Do you love Hammond organs? Do you love fun & fresh (yet nostalgic) progressive music? 

Eccentric Orbit with "Attack of the Martians" have captured so many sounds, feelings, ideas and atmospheres, on this project that it at once is familiar, yet unexplored, just like those wonderful sci-fi films of the 50's (silvery spaceships, weird landscapes, the blond in the tight fitting spacesuit and the guys with their little 32 caliber pistols!). This all instrumental is a great piece of work. The playing by all is top notch; some great grooves by drummer Mark Cella, driving bass work by Bill Noland (who composed all of the cuts), some very moody & atmospheric wind-controlled synths by Bill's bride Madeleine Noland and Derek Roebuck's very knowledgeable Hammond (and other keyboard) work. The title track, "Attack of the Martians" is my favorite, especially "Part 3: Martians Everywhere!" because whenever I hear it, darned if I don't see those Martians, everywhere!! Also included is a wonderful four-part suite called, "Forbidden Planet (Inspired by the classic 1950s sci-fi film). The set (clocking in at only 45 minutes) also includes "Star Power", "Sputnik" and "The Enemy of my Enemy". 

Get this CD; you won't be disappointed!! And when you get it, don't forget to check out the front AND back covers, very funny! And as long as you're on the Internet, check out their website at www.eoband.com. 

Looking forward to a lot more from this Massachusetts-based Progressive Rock band!

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toroddfuglesteg, SPECIAL COLLABORATOR, Interview Editor 
4 stars (barely)-  ELP created their own hybrid of symphonic prog with their first four albums. An hybrid that has produced a lot of dull run-off-the-mill muzak/elevator music during the last forty years. 

But this hybrid has also created some good music. Some music where the musicians actually has put their brains and creativity into good use in their aim to create something special........ I give you Eccentric Orbit from USA. Their take on this music is very bass and drums based with the vintage keyboards floating above this rhythm base line. Just floating above the bass, to be precise. Which is a major difference between their music and the muzak genre. 

Add some great melodies too. Some of the melodies are pretty somber and gloomy too. Hence, this album has both legs, arms, brain and a soul to match too. Some of the melody lines are funeral laments, no less. Which excludes this album from being played as a background noise in an airport or in Walmart's gunshops. Other melody lines are pretty upbeat too. 

As usual, my main gripe is the lack of one or two killer tunes. But this album is slowly creeping under my skin and I guess this album will continue to do so. I am not convinced this is a great album, but I still gives it four stars due to it being miles better than most of the ELP clones. This album is great, but please give it time and listen without prejudice.

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sunhillow (Markwin Meeuws)
3 stars

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kevlar
5 stars

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drain-o (Jacques Brenier)
4 stars

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folderol
4 stars

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