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Orion - La Nature Vit, L'Homme Lui Critique... CD (album) cover

LA NATURE VIT, L'HOMME LUI CRITIQUE...

Orion

 

Symphonic Prog

3.06 | 19 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars By the late 70's the French symphonic prog scene was getting frankly repetitive and clichéd to death, Orion was certainly not about to change that. This quintet (from the Northwest Paris outskirts) presented you typical symphonic prog that ranged from Ange and Atoll to Pulsar, Shylock (their first album anyway) and Carpe Diem. Musea re-issued this album from a mint vinyl (since the master tapes were lost) and changed the artwork to a more "fitting" (as in cliché) artwork and added as bonus tracks the single that they had released as well. The group presents itself as the standard prog quartet plus their leader: a lead singer, guitarist and flutist Laurent Delenne.

The group's music is really along the lines of the groups mentioned above, and the themes are also fairly well matching the usual themes developed, with a slight ecological denouncing of modern society. While it is evident that the group pulled out all of its sweat, ardor, heart and guts into the record, I am sadly thinking that it was all a bit too few and certainly too late: they had started as early as 74 and this album was recorded in early 79, when it was all but over for symphonic prog, even if their single dates from mid-77. Rather standard, typical "French-school" prog, I personally think that you'd better start elsewhere to discover that era of France's scene, but if you are a confirmed fan, while not bottom of the drawer, this could easily fit in your shelves, but it won't floor you.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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