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Hecenia

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3.96 | 35 ratings | 5 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hecenia (10:44)
2. Le Passage (12:46)
3. Le Grimoire (10:00)
4. La Vieille Femme Et La Chandelle (12:43)

Total Time: 46:13

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Line-up / Musicians

- Thierry Brandet / Korg Polysix, Korg Poly-61, Mini-moog, Ensoniq Mirage, drum programming
- Pierre-Yves Chiron / bass, solo guitar on 2, acoustic guitar on 1 & 4
- Daniel Trutet / lead guitar on 1, 3, 4
- Jean-Paul Trutet / lead & backing vocals

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MUSEA 4129.AR

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HECENIA Legendes ratings distribution


3.96
(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
31%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This French band released two confidential albums of which their debut was quite promising.

An orgy of keyboards fill your ears while listening to this album. Almost instrumental, it shows some great technical skills and some god chunk of passion as well. A complex and long opener ("Hecenia") sets the stage: multi layered and dominant keys, serious beat and even wild guitar at times.

A total contrast is reached with the pastoral and very much "Trespass" oriented "Le Passage". A super delicate opening reminds us of the good old early seventies. No more, no less. And you might know that I quite liked this period?But who wouldn't? " La Vieille Femme et la Chandelle" is made of the same mould and is quite OK as well.

Each song is over ten minutes of length which allows for good development of ideas. Some short vocal parts during "Le Passage" are welcome and bring some distinct French flavour to the whole. It is true though to admit that these keys are frankly "Genesis" oriented and that some more personality would have been welcome.

If you are nostalgic of a certain era, get this album: you will be transported into the heydays of prog music. There is also a deep "Ange" smell in here. Not in terms of lyrics, but soundscapes ("Le Grimoire"). Even if vocal are on the soft side.

Keyboards lovers will be delighted as well. But the similarities with Banks are a bit too much IMO. This is a good album which I rate with three stars.

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Posted Sunday, November 22, 2009

Review by Atavachron
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4 stars This highly competent four-piece takes a page right out of the symph playbook and centers around keyboardist/drum programmer Thierry Brandet, though frankly the standout here is guitar player Daniel Trutet who bleeds a sweet string. Thoroughly French in character and with an inescapable but, in this case, welcome Genesism, Legendes is a good-sounding set of very high quality material without that overproduced late '80s flash.

The instrumental title is killer heavy symph with plenty of everything; Trutet's pointed lines, Brandet's almost Wakeman-like juggling of Korgs, Moogs and Mirages and some pretty handy electronic drumming; bassist Pierre-Yves Chiron right in the pocket. 'Le Passage' meanders a bit at over twelve minutes but this band does the majestic thing so well that we'll wait-- and it pays off with clever arranging, changes, and a spiffy carousel ride at the end. These guys worked hard on this thing and it shows. 'Le Grimoire' picks up where cut two left off and is packed with marvelous altered textures and tempos, 'La Vieille Femme et la Chandelle' slower but works up nicely.

At first glance, Hecenia is merely another latecomer to the prog party with nothing new to say and an annoying preoccupation with Tony Banks, and perhaps they are. But unlike the typical Gallophile's reissue from Musea, this is one kick-ass band.

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4 stars My exploration of the prog rock world sometimes leads me to superb albums like this one. This one had been hidden away in a book case for far too long before I gave it some spins. I got hooked. This is Hecenia's debut album. Their first out of in total two albums. Which is a great shame be ... (read more)

Report this review (#287288) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, June 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Have to put my fourpennyworth in here. One of my alltime favourite albums, in any genre. A lot of classical cliches - lots of triplet runs etc a la Wakeman and Emerson, but a splendid sense of harmony and chord changes, relentless, almost corny builld-ups and releases of tension. The 80s keys ... (read more)

Report this review (#97528) | Posted by Paul Stump | Tuesday, November 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Magnificent blend of keyboards and blazing guitars- the quiet keyboard passages in-between the more rock oriented segments are sublime with great melodies. Romantic classical tendencies. Highly recommended. ... (read more)

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