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Oniris - L'Homme Voilier CD (album) cover

L'HOMME VOILIER

Oniris

 

Symphonic Prog

3.92 | 18 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Oniris is a new addition to our well stocked archive of theatrical French symph prog bands. And a great addition too, it is.

Released back in 1978, this band follows in the footsteps of Mona Lisa, Atoll and Ange. Just to mention a few of the great French bands. Where Oniris and this album is a bit special and most definate is a stand out album is their fusion of jazz into their folk rock inspired theatrical symphonic prog. The result is a spicy, heady dish I would not had objected to if it was delivered as a piece of food. I would probably have liked it more served up as food than as music.

The vocals are great as always when it comes to French symphonic prog bands. It seems like vocals is far more important in France than over in the old blighty and everywhere else. I have to say; to the credit of the French bands. The vocals is well over the top theatrical too. Which is very funny in fact. I don't understand French so the lyrics passes me by. But the French men is passionate, the local female population has assured me. The instruments is pretty much down the jazz alley with a rampant bass and drums. The keyboards and guitars barely keeps the music at a suitable symphonic prog level..... barely. In short, this album is one of a kind.

The quality is very good to great throughout. I am slowly warming towards this album, more and more. It is most certainly an original album from a band who sadly only released this album. A weak quadruple stars is rewarded. And yes; this album is a gem in our genre.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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