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3.41 | 13 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars This French five-piece formation is rooted in 1995 in Grenoble, their musical goal was to blend progressive rock and French vocals. The information about Ex-Vagus mentions : "the band joins together five authors and creators in a permanent creativity, having for 'Leitmotiv' the systematic association of the visual world with the auditive world, from where principal will to dramatize their music". Ex-Vagus concretized this artistic line by creating two rock opera's- "Par Dela Les Legendes" (2000) and "Seconde Lumière" (2004) - calling upon original lights creations, a particular scenography and external actors. Ex-Vagus produced a demo-CD and four CD's and was the support-act for progrock bands Ange, Barclay James Harvest, Focus, The Watch and Ars Nova.

The album Ames Vagabondes is their fifth studio effort and sounds in the vein of the two rock-opera's: often dramatic music featuring strong, typical French theatrical vocals, sumptuous keyboard layers and lots of wonderful, often sensitive electric guitar soli. The band has a very professional approach and in their eight compositions (tasteful and inventive arrangements) the emphasis is on creating a dramatic atmosphere in which the inspired vocals are very important. A pleasant album that will please the Ange fans (Christian Decamps joins the band on one song and also composed one track) and those who love dramatic prog. To discover!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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