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3.46 | 89 ratings | 8 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Swing Of The Airwaves (7:28)
2. Feel Alive (4:33)
3. Porcelain (5:34)
4. Black Over Gold (6:12)
5. Overhead (6:32)
6. Tidal (3:45)
7. Rainbow Ruse (5:32)
8. Hesitation Waltz (6:40)
9. Falling From The Sun (4:14)

Total Time 50:32




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Line-up / Musicians


- Nicolas Chapel / vocals and all instruments on recordings except for below.
- Gal Hallier / drums (tracks 1 and 8)
- Lepolair / electronics (track 3)

Releases information

Audio CD (28 Jun 2010)
Label: Century Media/EMI
ASIN: B003LN9DU6

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DEMIANS Mute ratings distribution


3.46
(89 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
28%
Good, but non-essential (37%)
37%
Collectors/fans only (13%)
13%
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
1%

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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Heavy contemporary prog. Quite good, but not the best for sure.

Second album of French one-man band . Really not bad music as for one musician's multilayered recordings: almost all instruments sound competent, and - what is most important - the music isn't such static and frozen as on many recordings of similar formula. In fact, quite often listener can believe this music is played by real band, not studio experiment product.

Speaking about less pleasant moments, songs there are faceless, dynamic is presented, but not too inspired. Too many polished emo melancholic tunes (ok, his hero Steven Wilson has the same problem in my opinion).

In all, quite rare case, when first impression is better, than every next (after every next listening). Still nod bad album, but far not original. If you're in melancholic sweetly-sad mood, and urgently searching for some modern and comfortable listening, this album possibly will work well enough. Just don't listen it once again later - you will possibly destroy your good impression!

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Posted Monday, August 30, 2010

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars And on we go through the growing list of disappointing 2010 releases. I admit my hopes for Mute were quite high. I was rather charmed by the preceding Building an Empire and I had hoped Demians would overcome the issues with their debut, which were the sameness of the material and the lack of memorable melodies in some of the songs.

Unfortunately they did exactly the opposite. Gone are the long progressive epics that stood out on the previous album. The band merely goes routinely through 9 samey tracks that all follow a pattern of swelling emo vocals and building walls of guitars. Now that doesn't make it a bad album, it's reaonably good if you enjoy a bit of modern emo-rock. Except for Overhead, which overtly cites Led Zeppelin as a source of inspiration, the main influences would be Tool, Radiohead, Muse and Porcupine Tree.

I think Demians could be a strong live band, their dynamic and organic playing is pleasant to listen to, but the material lacks personality and quality to also set my living room afire. Certainly after a couple of listens, the inital (positive) impression quickly wears off. Id like to give 3 stars but it's really not enough. This band will have to do a lot better till they get anywhere near PT's heels.

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Posted Friday, September 03, 2010

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Mute' - Demians (6/10)

With his debut album 'Building An Empire', Demians mastermind Nicholas Chapel impressed quite a few in the prog community, first and foremost being Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree fame. Endorsing the band and encouraging people to check them out, Demians got about as good a head start as one could hope for in the prog rock world. That being said, a great deal of hype boiled over the second album from this French project. With 'Mute', it's unfortunate to say that many with expectations of a 'masterpiece' will likely be disappointed by an album that rarely surpasses anything the debut offered.

This is not to say that 'Mute' is a bad album at all, just a bit short of the mark fans have set for it. Beginning on it's most memorable note, 'Swing Of The Airwaves' opens the album with a somewhat metal vibe, before developing into a soaring piece of art rock that sounds a bit like something Coldplay might put out these days. From there on, the pieces get progressively less interesting, although a handful of tracks like the raga-influenced 'Overhead' revive the interest by breaking out of the conventional songwriting. The last highlight here is the apparent epic, 'Hesitation Waltz', which builds up very steadily with some gorgeous string arrangements.

In terms of performance, everything here is done by Nicholas Chapel himself; extra musicians are only used in a live context. While no instrument is played at the level of a virtuoso, Chapel plays his songs tastefully, although his voice is very often the centre of attention. Vocally, he delivers quite well, although the singing rarely grabs the imagination. Instead, there is a run-of-the-mill presentation on songs that range from excellence to mediocrity. The only thing here that clearly triumphs over the first record is the production value, which have been raised in no small part due to all instruments being real performances, as opposed to virtually synthesized computer fill-ins.

All in all, the music here is rarely captivating, although my first impression with the music was quite a bit more positive. Along the journey however, many of the weaker songs do ultimately lose a considerable amount of their charm. Nicholas Chapel's Demians does not impress a great deal here, but 'Mute' does offer a few thrills along the way.

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Posted Monday, January 17, 2011

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Good heavy prog from this french talent!

By chance a couple of years ago when I went to a festival, I bought some cd's there and the seller gave me a free CD of Demians "Building an Empire", it was curious because I didn't know about it, I actually thought to myself that it would be for sure some kind of metal band trying to be known. I was wrong, Demians have some metal tendencies, but the music is different, dynamic, interesting, so I liked that first album.

When I knew Nicolas Chapel (the man behind Demians) had released his second effort, I actually wanted to listen to it, and so I did it. The music of Demians is not the classic progressive rock, not at all, he creates a dynamic mixture of heavy/alternative prog, which is pretty good and can be actually enjoyed by anyone.

This second album entitled "Mute", released in 2010 features nine compositions and a total time of fifty minutes. It opens with "Swing of the Airwaves", a seven-minute piece which happens to be the longest track. A slow beginning that gradually progresses until the song reaches an explosion and turns heavier and emotional. Chapel's voice is pretty good, I like it and it really helps enjoying more the music, which is also great.

"Feel Alive" continues with that heavy/alt style, more heavy than alternative actually, but well the music here reminds me to some of those 90s bands. In the final minute there is a surprising and chaotic scream, power and sorrow are shared here. "Porcelain" sounds calmer and gentler, there is a nice piano all over the track, the drums are nice, the problem I have here is that in moments I feel the song too poppy, and even boring.

The following track entitled "Black Over Gold" has some depressive feeling, again a soft and slow beginning with piano and vocals. A couple of minutes later some post-rock like guitars appear along with drums and bass. The song is gradually progressing and creates a charm atmosphere. This may be a poppy tune, however I have enjoyed it much more than the previous track.

The guitars on "Overhead" reminded me a lot to one Porcupine Tree's track included in their "Lightbulb Sun", actually there are some moments on this track that really seem similar to the one I am quoting, which does not mean it is a copy, not at all, but I could think of PT as one of Demians influences.

"Tidal" is so far my least favorite track on Demians discography, fortunately it is the shortest song of this album. If you want a catchy song where you can sing, then choose this one, sorry Mr. Chapel, I did not like it at all. With "Rainbow Ruse" both the music and the mood changes, it has a piano on it and sounds more melodic, charming in moments. However, as Demians use to do, the music and mood (again) changes all of a sudden becoming heavier and more emotional.

"Hesitation Waltz" is pretty interesting, there is an intriguing yet tense atmosphere here, drums, bass lines and a soft voice. While the minutes pass there are some new elements that can be better appreciated with headphones, though the rhythm is practically the same, the textures and nuances offer a more exquisite song.

The album finishes with "Falling from the Sun", which is a melancholic track that once again remind me of Porcupine Tree, they have some closers songs like this.

Well, I like the album, there are a couple of songs I really loved, but honestly Building an Empire is by a wide margin my favorite, and I can say better than this. However, you can listen to it and have a good time. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

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Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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5 stars Boy this is a good album. It had a bit of a weak first impression, but has quickly grown to be one of my favourite discoveries of 2012. Essentially it's a prog metal tinged alt-rock album, with moments of prog and some heavier bits more in the style of Porcupine Tree FOABP-era. From the fast t ... (read more)

Report this review (#800131) | Posted by Gallifrey | Saturday, August 04, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is a powerful second release by Demians. Being a huge PT fan, I was initially attracted to the album by the favourable reviews attributed to Steven Wilson. I must confess that after first and second listen, I felt dissapointed - yet another Heavy Prog release that lacked the depth that I was lo ... (read more)

Report this review (#306644) | Posted by Gilgamesh182 | Monday, October 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The second, two years wishful thinking present from St. Nicolas is nice packed, with amazing contents. So, beware of this frog-eater! He is bloody good composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist in one, in short: prodigy. (Isnt forwardness to say hes French Oldfield?) I think his project Dem ... (read more)

Report this review (#286456) | Posted by Gandalff | Monday, June 14, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars OH YEAH! THE EMPIRE IS BUILT!!! Two years ago Demians released a splendid debut "Building An Empire", which introduced the great talent of Nicolas Chapel to the world, the man who wrote, produced, sang and played everything on it. The album received very positive reviews and landed Demians openin ... (read more)

Report this review (#286288) | Posted by Gandalfino | Sunday, June 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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