The Band 1971
Keith Bonsor, Barry Skeels, John Truba and Pete Brewer
drums and percussion
guitar and vocals
The photo above was taken for the album
by Keef McMillan, 1971
in Braintree, Essex England.
This stlye of photography
was also used for the
Black Sabbath debut album 1970.
Below the same location in 2018
the barn is still standing
a little weathered but somewhat intact.
John and Keith
revisit the location
in Braintree Essex
Zior Rises From the Dead: Retro Rockers Release New Album
The market for retro rock music has never been greater so it’s very exciting to announce new and inventive music shaped by the 1970s metal prog ethos in the form of the new Zior album ‘Spirit of the Gods’.
The band was active in the late Seventies and best known for its outrageous Black Magic stage act which enthralled the London clubs of that era.
Zior’s first album sleeve was designed by Keith McMillan who also designed the Black Sabbath album; both are now landmarks in the album cover world.
The band also released a second album called ‘Monument’. This was recorded under another name but it was still laid down by the same Zior musicians. ‘Monument’ was a strange album but it carries cult status today.
There have been many articles written about this highly original band which has built up a strong following around the world. This could be due to the Black Magic reputation but no one really knows.
In the late 1970’s Zior was formed and appeared
at many iconic venues in London and across the country.
Rolling Stones engineer Bill Farley discovered them and
at TPA Studios in Soho London they recorded their first album.
Founder members Keith Bonsor and drummer Peter Brewer were
joined by guitarist John Truba and bassist Barry Skeels,
an exciting collection of original classic rock recordings.
There are also two fantastic rock instrumentals which are both high tempo works of art.
The last two tracks on the album are totally mind blowing and there is no possible answer as to why they were written -Frank Zappa and Ravel would have been proud.
The very last track is from the tape the band used back in the 1970s. They played it for on-stage mock sacrifices with the aid of a shadow show.
All in all a very entertaining and refreshing selection of music for the dedicated rock brigade. Ever new and young listeners will be amazed by it.
It’s often said that rock and rollers never die. Sadly they do but some get resurrected. Here we have a new take on the 1970s vibe of Zior, contemporaries of Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. ‘Spirit of the Gods’ is guaranteed to be of interest to all reborn teenagers of today aged between 40 and 70.
Now after many years the distinctive sound of the band has been revived by Keith Bonsor.
This new and interesting selection
of tracks features vintage rock guitars and keyboards
complimented by modern technology.
This is a theatre of music for the imagination exploring the moods
of the astral unknown, the superstitions of voodoo and the ancient art
of witchcraft mixed with the musical influences of India, Africa,
Japan, Mexico and the native tribes of America.
Intrigue and fascination of the unknown, mysterious dreams
and feelings within this music are created to excite the listener.
A crazy phychadelic experience!