"Zeno" is the debut album of guitarist Zeno Roth (brother of legendary Uli Jon Roth) originally released in 1986. Guitar-wise it would not be an exaggeration to claim that Zeno's style is practically identical to that of his brother; in terms of songwriting/musical approach "Zeno" comes closer to the 80s oriented melodic rock/hard rock. "Zeno" also brought to front musicians that would develop into prime forces of German melodic hard rock including singer Tommy Heart (`Fair Warning') bassist Uwe Ritgen (`Fair Warning', `Dreamtide') and vocalist Michael Flexig.
The consistent members of this debut are Flexig, Ritgen and naturally Zeno. The music is definitely up lifting melodic hard rock with emphasis on spirituality and pictorial lyrical themes which more than establishes the potential of the three basic members. For that matter you can expect super melodic guitar leads and stylish chords, Ritgen's trademark bass playing and Flexing's immense choruses; still as a sign of times, Michael sings incredibly high on the majority of the album therefore not making full use of his incredible range (which he uncovers on the follow up `Zeno' albums).
Despite its artistic validity and alignment to the trends and stylistic approaches of the time, `Zeno' would be the only album released by the guitarist in the 80s; subsequently the outfit would go in hiatus for the following seven years. Of course "Zeno" would re emerge in the mid 90s with iconic melodic albums "Zenology" and the unsurpassable "Listen to the Light" both of which would become big sellers in Japan. Still all credit due to this debut for bringing to front some of the most colorful personalities that German melodic rock would ever produced. ~ By Nikiforos V. Skoumas (amazon.com)
1. Eastern Sun (4:47) 2. A Little More Love (3:51) 3. Love Will Live (4:44) 4. Signs On The Sky (3:59) 5. Far Away (4:37) 6. Emergency (3:01) 7. Don't Tell The Wind (6:14) 8. Heart On The Wing (5:17) 9. Circles Of Dawn (3:57) 10. Sent By Heaven (4:53) 11. Sunset (0:34)
SIDE 1 1. Eastern Sun (4:46) 2. A Little More Love (3:48) 3. Love Will Live (4:43) 4. Signs On The Sky (3:58) 5. Far Away (4:34) SIDE 2 6. Emergency (3:01) 7. Don't Tell The Wind (6:11) 8. Heart On The Wing (5:16) 9. Circles Of Dawn (3:53) 10. Sent By Heaven (4:50) 11. Sunset (0:35)
"The Making Of Zeno" Extra Tracks: 12. Don't Count Me Out (3:36) 13. Signs On The Sky (Earlier Version) (3:42) 14. Far Away (Earlier Version) (3:16) 15. Don't Tell The Wind (Earlier Version) (5:20) 16. Love Will Live (Earlier Version) (4:40)