ZIOR=MONUMENT

1971 KEITH BONSOR PETER BREWER JOHN TRUBA BARRY SKEELS

Others about ZIOR and MONUMENT

***Thanks to the following people for contributions:

Mr. Barry Skeels    http://www.livebluesworld.com/profile/BarrySkeels

Mr. Peter Wallgren    http://www.youtube.com/user/dyvelsten

Mr. Senad Alijagic   friend and music collector from Zenica,Bosnia

 

 


................................from Alex Giltin page:

 

 

Zior

Personnel:
Keith Bonsor - Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Flute
Peter Brewer - Drums, Piano, Harmonica
Barry Skeels - Bass, Vocals
John Truba - Guitar, Vocals

Albums:
Zior (Nepentha 6437 005) 1971
CD: Zior Plus See For Miles SEE 276 & SEE CD 276, 1989; MR56455, Mason Records, 2006 feat. 8 bonus tracks
Every Inch A Man (Global) 1972
CD: Germanophon HF 9553; Akarma AK242, 2003

45s:
Za Za Za Zilda/She's A Bad Bad Woman (Nepentha 6129 002) 1971
Cat's Eyes/I Really Do (Nepentha 6129 003) 1971

An obscure progressive/heavy rock group whose debut album has few memorable moments but has become quite collectable because of the label it's on. The pick of the batch are: 'I Really Do', 'Za Za Za Zilda' (also released as a 45), 'Love's Desire' and 'Oh Mariya', but all four were in a similar heavy rock style.

The See For Miles album reissue includes five previously unreleased tracks from a second projected album which never saw light of day. The best of these was 'Strange Kind Of Magic', which had a good voodoo beat and some distorted guitar. Overall, the songs were stronger than the material on the original album. 'Cat's Eyes' had some decent heavy rock guitar riffs.

Zior had their roots in Southend's early sixties R&B scene. Kevin Bonsor had previously been in a local R&B outfit, The Essex Five, and then classical/rock fusion outfit, Cardboard Orchestra. Pete Brewer had been in another Southend R&B band, The Night Riders. He and Bonsor were Zior's founding members recruiting Truba and Skeels (who'd once played in a London band called The Bum) via a Melody Maker advert.

Zior did have a reputation as a wild live band. They were heavily into Black Magic and Satanic Mass, etc. They recorded an album on the Beacon label, later in 1971, which was credited to Monument, though, in fact, it featured all four members of Zior.

Pete Brewer eventually ended up a successful musical instrument/equipment dealer in Southend. Skeels sells dress jewellery in his native Newcastle. Bonsor worked for many years as an engineer/producer at Tin Pan Alley Studios and also became a DJ in the late 70s, hosting 'Capital's Big Night Out' at The Lyceum in London's Strand.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

 

 .....from SAKALLI blog:

 

Zior - Zior (1971)

(Review from forcedexposure.com, rateyourmusic.com, Tapestry of Delights, last.fm)

Zior had their roots in Southend's early sixties R&B scene. Kevin Bonsor had previously been in a local R&B outfit, The Essex Five, and then classical/rock fusion outfit, Cardboard Orchestra. Pete Brewer had been in another Southend R&B band, The Night Riders. He and Bonsor were Zior's founding members recruiting Truba and Skeels via a Melody Maker advert.

Though an obscure heavy rock group, Zior's 1971 debut album got immediate attention when it was released because the band used the same artist that Black Sabbath had used on their first album. The band obviously had a huge fascination with the occult and expressed this often in thier songs (and mostly in their stage show).

The album is pretty much bluesy and proggy hard rock. There are some cool (fairly) fuzzy riffs. At times the music has a tribal-like rhythm to their sound, very psychedelic and 70s.

"Love's Desire" is the highlight of the album. It has a cool, catchy riff (plus some hand claps), and it also has the most memorable chorus of the album.

 

Monument - First Monument (1971)

(Review from progarchives.com, Tapestry of Delights)

More than an independent band, Monument are an offshoot of British hard rock band Zior, who released two albums in the early 70s. Their only album, "The First Monument", is the result of an all-night, drunken jam session involving the four members of Zior.

The album features a heavy, distorted, Hammond-drenched sound, and Zior's trademark occult lyrical themes.

The "drunken playing" is probably why it's such a mish-mash of tempo changes and different styles. Mystical and eerie sometimes, this is some solid hard progressive rock, emphasis on hard -- maybe doom rock would even better describe it. Drug-and-drink-fuelled luciferian mass, soundtracked by hypnotizing, hammond-adorned, catechismic dark progressive hymns... interesting album all around.

This proved to be last outing of Zior. Pete Brewer eventually ended up a successful musical instrument/equipment dealer in Southend. Skeels sells dress jewellery in his native Newcastle. Bonsor worked for many years as an engineer/producer and also became a DJ in the late 70.

Track List :
01. Dog Man - 3:20
02. Stale Flesh - 3:51
03. Don't Run Me Down - 2:28
04. Give Me Life - 3:53
05. The Metamorphis Tango - 3:56
06. Boneyard Bumne - 4:28
07. First Taste Of Love - 3:25
08. And She Goes - 2:36
09. Overture For Limp Piano In C - 3:32
10. I'm Coming Back - 2:52

 

THIS IS SO INTERESTING AND SO WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Monument - The First Monument (1971)
EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | 232 Mb | Covers
Occult Hard Rock, Heavy Psych | 1971 | UK | Label: Audio Archives | Catalog: AACD10 | RAR 3% Rec | RS

NEW AND SPECIAL REMASTERED 'DELUXE' VERSION of this truly great UK acid psych from 1970 on the Audio Archives label. Eearly doomsters with Satanic overtones, strong SABBATH influence and imagery. New loner notes include band history and tragic tale of singers bizarre suicide.?????????????????????????????


Jake Brewster (drums)
Marve Fletchley (bass)
Steven Lowe (vocals, keyboards)
Wes Truvor (guitar)

1 Dog Man
2 Stale Flesh
3 Don't Run Me Down
4 Give Me Life
5 The Metamophis Tango
6 Boneyard Bumne
7 First Taste of Love
8 And She Goes
9 Overture for Limp Piano in C
10 I'm Coming Back