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Eclat / ex Eclat De Vers


Symphonic Prog

3.12 | 17 ratings

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3 stars In late-80's there was a small but stable underground progressive scene in France with bands like HECENIA,HALLOWEEN,MINIMUM VITAL,ARRAKEEN and NAOS trying to keep the sound of classic prog rock alive.Among those bands were ECLAT DE VERS,found by guitarist Alain Chiarazzo.Some years later,after a mass of gigs and plenty of line-up changes the bandc releases their first eponymous work,a very short album,clocking just at 30 minutes,with songs from both their early phase and more recent years.

This junior attempt of the band shows them in the right direction.Melodic Progressive Rock with symphonic leanings,expressive and lyrical singing and some rockier moments as well.Great guitar work by Chiarazzo in a Rothery-ish neo prog style with some complex breaks but often adding Latimer- and Hackett-like elements in his playing.Keys and piano are mostly in the background,trying to create either atmospheric or symphonic soundscapes,while vocals are trully a strong point,being sensational,sensitive and warm with often a theatrical Decamps- influenced twist.Too bad the album is that short.

A highly enjoyable album,far from anything really unique,but with a skillful band trying to present their love for Classic Progressive Rock and offering some trully strong moments.Worths your attention.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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