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3.75 | 64 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. First Day (5:50)
2. Hypnotic (6:36)
3. Rest My Head (6:44)
4. The Word (6:27)
5. Number Ten (3:05)
6. Why (6:24)
7. Brother (6:15)
8. Djoko (2:25)
9. Water (8:16)
+ [untitled hidden track/coda] (1:33)

Total Time 53:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Simon L'Espérance / electric, lap steel & acoustic guitars, bass synth, programming, e-drums, noises
- Mingan Sauriol / piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, synth
- Sylvain Auclair / bass, bass synth, percussion, vocals
- Thomas Brodeur / drums & percussion, e-drums, loops

- Lizann Gervais / violin
- Julie Babaz Salamagnou / viola
- Elizabeth Giroux / cello
- Cheikh Anta Faye / djembe
- Sadio Sissokho / dun duns

Releases information

Mixing: Simon L'Espérance

CD Unicorn Digital ‎- UNCR-5081 (2012, Canada)

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KARCIUS The First Day ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Karcius is a Canadian group that was formed in spring 2001 with Simon L'Espérance on guitars, Thomas Brodeur on drums, Mingan Sauriol on keyboards and Sylvain Auclair, who joined the band in 2009, on bass and vocals. This is their fourth album to date, but the first with Sylvain as there has been a four-year gap since 'Episodes' which was released in 2008. Karcius refuse to sit within the 'normal' prog boundaries, as they are also heavily influenced by jazz, RIO and even African rhythms. The end result of the melding of these is an album that is always interesting, always pushing the boundaries, but not always necessarily easy to listen to. There are times when the music just feels angular with sharp edges as the staccato use of piano chords puts a menacing edge onto the proceedings.

There is no doubt that this is often challenging, yet for those who persevere you will find some great music contained within. "The Word" starts as if it is going to be a metal monster before changing into something that is quite different, with vocals that are quite laid back and feel almost throwaway/demo in atmosphere which puts a very different slant on the whole song. There is often a strong use of piano and fretless bass in combination, and this mix of cold and warmth is a very powerful dynamic.

Truly progressive, this album will alienate a lot of listeners but is definitely worth investigation.

Review by The Crow
3 stars "The First Day" was a real turning point in Karcius's career, since with the entry of Sylvain Auclair on bass and vocals, they left their instrumental stage behind to focus on sung songs.

And the result was for my taste the best they did to date. They still needed to reach the maturity that they have achieved in the later "The Fold" and "Grey White Silver Yellow and Gold", but things were pointing pretty well.

Here we still have compositions quite anchored in jazz and it shows that some of them were intended as instrumentals before the voices were added, but the result is still quite stimulating for a transition album.


Best Tracks: Rest My Head (I like the string arrangements), The Word (a very powerful opening that then gets a little cloudy in the jumble of instrumentals) and Water (I especially like the Hammond organ solo and the good and heavy instrumental section after that)

My Rating: ***

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