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Phideaux Phideaux & Mogon Promotional Issue album cover
4.09 | 59 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Thank You for the Evil (4:37)
2. Tempest of Mutiny (8:12)
3. Strange Cloud (7:32)
4. Out of the Angry Planet (7:38)
5. Chupacabras (20:51)
6. Snuff (10:52)
7. The Chairs (7:21)

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Lineup varies.

Releases information

A promotional compilation for Nearfest.

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PHIDEAUX Phideaux & Mogon Promotional Issue ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
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Review by Epignosis
4 stars Doomsday Afternoon is Phideaux's masterpiece, and so it was cool to hear the edited version of "Thank You for the Evil" that opens this promotional piece. "Cupacabras" is also one of Phideaux's greatest songs, and I appreciate being able to hear a live version of it here. It has a different introduction from the studio version, fusing "Okay" with a later segment of the piece. Amazingly, it rivals the original- well done. This release includes three tracks from the forthcoming album 7, presumably at least a titular response to 2009's Number Seven. One of those tracks is "Out of the Angry Planet," which the band plays live. I predict that 7 will be a very strong release, because it contains both the accessible songwriting Phideaux has grown proficient with as well as the symphonic nature exhibited in Snowtorch. There are jarring shifts of rhythm and folk elements that make me think of Jethro Tull's A Passion Play. This release concludes with something different, two tracks from a separate project called Mogon. Mogon was a god worshipped in Gaul and Britannia. A part of this is his voice, but frankly I don't hear much of a variance between Mogon and Phideaux. The music is stripped-down, but the sound and chord structures are very similar. There is a blend of psychedelic music in the vein of Pink Floyd and the bulk of "Snuff" sounds like a tribute to early symphonic King Crimson. "The Chairs" is a dark, space rock song with organ and Mellotron, somewhat similar to "Snuff."
Review by kev rowland
4 stars I have been a fan of Phideaux Xavier and his work for a long time now, but have only recently come across this album. Apparently it was produced for Nearfest (I'm guessing in 2012 as that was when it was released) as a way of letting people discover more of his music. Even now it is still available from his Bandcamp site totally free of charge ' if I remember correctly, he released his initial albums for the same cost, and back then it was for a physical disc. I know nothing about the disc in terms of who plays on it, or when the live songs were recorded, while I believe Mogon was another project from Xavier containing the same musicians as his other band but in a different style.

His voice is always front and centre, and he brings together sounds from the progressive and art rock worlds, often with a very healthy dose of psychedelia as well. There are times when his music is reminiscent of early Seventies Pink Floyd, at others it is more singer- songwriter, while there is always a big sound. It may be more laid-back and less in your face than other prog acts, but he has continued to produce incredibly consistent and enjoyable albums over the years, and even though this is a sampler it is still incredibly interesting. While the Mogon numbers are interesting, especially for their use of horns and strings, it will probably be to the Phideaux songs that the fan will gravitate, and to the epic live rendition of the title cut from his 2005 album, 'Chupacabras'. There is a vitality, a real speak between Phideaux and the female singer, plus a levity and space between all the musicians as this twenty minute long number evolves. I can't play this without a smile on my face as it is just so much fun. It may have taken me six years to come across this, but I am so glad I have. Did I mention it is free? Of course, any monies you do donate will go to his next project.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I actually saw this on prog archives and dismissed it initially because I couldn't find it anywhere. Then later by accident I found it, digital only, on Phideaux's bandcamp site. As someone else stated, it's not exactly fitting to give something that isn't an album a masterpiece rating, but this ... (read more)

Report this review (#1390789) | Posted by Jordan677778 | Monday, March 30, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars OK, since this is available (at the time of writing this) as a free download from (it says name your price and allows zero, but please consider pitching in a few bucks to help with the next album), you have no reason not to have this in your collection. If the price isn't ... (read more)

Report this review (#787876) | Posted by PaulH | Saturday, July 14, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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