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Chrysalide - Après la Chute CD (album) cover




Prog Folk

2.00 | 5 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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2 stars prog-folk singer/songwriters

Strange, weird and wonderful bands always just seem to fall out of the woodworks. Chrysalide is a fairly new band on the scene, at this point in time they've released a trio of albums that seem to follow a trilogy thanks to their naming conventions and cover art. All of the albums are available for free from the band's website, and everything seems to be very proggy. Cool cover art, long songs and multi-part songs/suites. On this first album the band gets to show their stuff for the first time, and it's very enjoyable. Basically we have one dude on the guitar one dude on the bass, tambourine and vocals. It boils down to very simplistic and calm music with the guitar going non-stop and the vocals over top of it.

The music is very enjoyable, and is certainly something to zone out to. For those of us who don't speak French (the language everything is in on this album) the album takes on a quality that is partly interesting since the concept is way over our heads being that it's in a different language, but it also partly helps make the music very drone-y since the vocals tend to meld together with the guitars throughout the album. The music itself does become very samey - it's hard to tell one song apart from another at times with that acoustic guitar going non-stop, even if there are some very beautiful melodies at parts. Most of the songs have lyrics and some of them are simply instrumentals, melodies are recycled at points through the album, likely due to it having a thru concept, and it's welcome every once in a while to remind you that the album hasn't sounded the same all the way through.

There really isn't much else to say about the album. It's sort of dark and entertainingly moody - the guitars give off a very dark feel at times, and at the same time kind of like you're being told a story in the wood. It also helps that they're prog folk in that aspect.

A good album that shows promise for the band. Since it's free I recommend you check it out anyways. It won't blow your mind, but it will certainly keep you zoned out for a little over an hour. Being that prog has always been a genre that is, by nature, way over the top it's likely natural that proggers would want a little more substance behind an album. Simplicity is good, but over simplicity is something that might not fare well in this particular genre. These guys do have a solid base to build off of for their next couple of albums, which I look forward to hearing. 2.5 stars, check them out - but particularly if you're not expecting something way over the top. A good effort with room to grow.

Queen By-Tor | 2/5 |


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