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LE ROYAUME D'OCÉANÉA

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4.67 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ouverture (8:18)
2. Le Royaume D'Océanéa (6:40)
3. Le Guide (10:00)
4. Sur Les Ruines D'Un Monde Ancien (7:38)
5. Les Songes De Darius (4:30)
6. Le Temple De Poseidon (4:43)
7. Abysses - (22:37)
8. Final (1:32)

Total Time: 65:58

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Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Tillerot / vocals
- Steven Codfert / guitar
- Alexandre Moreau / keyboards
- Denis Codfert / drums
- Jean Pierre Matelot / bass

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CD Musea FGBG 4682 (2010)

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4.67
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars I kind of cringe when some fans accuse some singer of being a Peter Gabriel clone when this happens to be pure unadulterated falsehood. Case in point, Eric Tillerot of veteran French prog group Magnesis who has so little in common with the Foxtrotter beyond the general neo-prog stylistics. In fact, the French prog vocal style is firmly ensconced in a theatrical method that has more to do with French expression than anything remotely Fish- esque. That is why André Balzer (Atoll), Dominique LeGuennec (Mona Lisa) and Christian Décamps (Ange) all seem to sound the same to Anglo ears. But that is the nature of the French language, a highly lyrical, perhaps pompous, often erudite and flowery form of expression that has little Anglo-Saxon terseness, Shakespeare be damned! The music on the other hand is hence quite operatic, often seeming tenebrous and dark but this current band relies more on modern techniques and approaches ( hints of guitar metal in the hands of 17 year old phenom Steven Codfert!) as well as gigantic torrents of sultry keyboards, heavily synthesized and mellotroned, courtesy of Alexandre Moreau. Where the old Genesis/Marillion influences become clear is in the fantasy concept/storytelling formula that made the 2 legends in the first place. But one would have to be seriously injured by flying jagged earphones to confuse this opus with either "Lamb" or "Fugazi"! Yes, Eric croons, swoons, wails, whispers, howls and hushes with obvious passionate intent, allied with assorted female interventions (from daughter and wife) to add scope and grandeur to the luxuriant melodic atmospheres. The concept album has a storyline loosely based on a novella by Frederic Przybyl , an apocalyptic event that spells the end of Earth where a selected few are chosen to resume the human race in a future kingdom called Océanéa (so we get influences that range from Jules Verne, George Orwell to the Bible, what a surprise!). I am a fretless bass fanatic and the busy burping bass of JP Matelot is immediately apparent throughout this splendid disc, combining articulately with Gavin Harrison-inspired drummer Denis Codfert (Steven's dad), so the low end is well guarded and honed to a sharp edge.

This is my first foray into their opulent discography and I have read comments about past sludgy production that is completely invisible here, as "Le Royaume d'Océanéa" is sonically crisp and highly defined, with each instrument easily distinct. From the opening strains of "Ouverture", the aquatic tendencies are entered as evidence immediately with wavy synthesizers cascading about, bold shark guitar attacks and booming bass all coalescing nicely together. The sound is fresh, breezy and involved, inspiring like some epic adventure that is about to begin. The gigantic title track is a massive keeper where stormy waves of rhythmic guitar and keys aid and abet Eric in introducing the main protagonist Darius Corealia and proposes a colossal echoing chorus that is as operatic as prog can get. The shimmering contrasts, the effective drumming and the fluttering synths are beyond remarkable, a trait that will be stamped throughout this inspired recording. When the aching lead guitar kicks in, its quite jaw dropping in terms of emotions and from this point on, one gets the impression that this will be a winning adventure. The epic 10 minute + "Le Guide" begins with shimmering piano, sweeping and emotive vocals and that sexy bass fretless rumble, then gently settles in for a floating ride with serene ease and unrushed restraint. This impression of relaxed musical cruising contrasts vividly with the sense of trepidation within the vocals (aka the storyline), the volume pedal guitar solo is utterly luxuriant and cargoed with feeling, Steven Codfert displays a ridiculous talent, the 'gamin' is only 17 and his deft fingers fly over the fret board with alarming ease and a whimsical aptitude for tone that is just mesmerizing. The biting and edgy guitar recalls Nemo's JP Louveton. Yet all is steered forcefully by the impeccable bass and drums.

Check out the stunning bass howl that opens "Sur les Ruines d'un Monde Ancien", a marvelous example of inspirational playing and utter control for the sake of consequence. The intro blooms into an evolving vocal, Capitaine Eric displaying all the drama of the French language, stellar cymbal work by papa Codfert while his son's guitar rages on the weather-beaten deck. Bloody brilliant, matey!

The pacing is dazzling as the gentle "Les Songes de Darius" provides a respite from the rolling whitecaps, the meandering torrents and the howling gales, a beautiful ballad that is gorgeously piano-led, like some Aquarian lullaby. Whooshing synths add to the gentle fanfare but it's the blistering axe solo that really hits the sails hard and marvelously ends the piece. Another short one, "Le Temple de Poseidon" is perhaps the most accessible track, a rumbling rocker that nevertheless has all the above mentioned traits, reminding us that they are a French rock band and a darn good one at that! Steven's slick little fret board licks are devilish and come across as depth charges booming off the aft, while Alex Moreau's watery Moog solo adds Wind and Wuthering to the arrangement.

But to prove the sheer courage and gall of this unknown band, they have the nerve to forge a colossal 22 minute aquatic opus, an "Abyss" where all the atmospheres, timing and colorations of progressive rock are keenly presented, with complete command of pace and effect. Serene synthesizer loops and careening fretless bass salvos create a profound sense of depth (errr ...Abyss, dude!), a fascinating underwater platform of space and sound, where sudden plunging guitar screeches enter the vortex and then?. Silence. Sequenced T Dream-like electronics shed light on some previously unseen and unheard subterranean expanses, where strange fish swim in azure waters, floating illuminated transparencies that breathe and wink at the passing adventurers (the use of slight Middle eastern tones is remarkably astute). The guitars become harsh and the drums crash wildly, the intensity accrues and then fades unexpectedly as we arrive on a splashing, sun- drenched beach of a sandy universe never visited before, a new Utopia. Birds and insects sing in welcome, as a tranquil acoustic guitar wishes safe passage, a luscious piano adding to the bliss. This sense of hypnotic timelessness never gets boring though, as if the true nature of prog takes hold, taking the listener far away into some internal universe remotely distant from any daily routine. Fantastic fade-out with dripping effects galore, Atlantis revisited. The blue water guitar wails bring us back to harbor. A scintillating epic that must be heard.

"Final" revisits the initial title track theme, a melody that will stick in your salty mind for a long, long time.

A sensational release, an hour of exalted exploratory music , easily one of the finest French prog records ever made.

5 Coral paradises

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