Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography



Eclectic Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Nemo Prélude À La Ruine album cover
4.01 | 125 ratings | 13 reviews | 33% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection

Write a review

Buy NEMO Music
from partners
Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Les Temps Modernes (8:00)
2. 1914 (7:40)
3. O.G.R.E. (Où La Guerre Réveille L'économie) (4:56)
4. Prélude à La Ruine (1:30)
5. Les Yeux Fermés (Le Retour De L'Ogre) (6:28)
6. Eve Et Le Génie Du Mal (4:30)
7. Tous Les Chemins (9:04)
8. Cluster 84 (5:30)
9. Le Monde À L'Envers (15:02) :
- a) Une dernière valse
- b) Du mauvais côté
- c) Epitaphe

Total Time: 62:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean Pierre Louveton / electric guitar, banjo, vocals
- Guillaume Fontaine / keyboards, vocals
- Benoît Gaignon / bass
- Jean Baptiste Itier / drums, backing vocals

Releases information

CD Quadrifonic Records ‎- QUAD09-04 (2004, France)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy NEMO Prélude À La Ruine Music

NEMO Prélude À La Ruine ratings distribution

(125 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

NEMO Prélude À La Ruine reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars Are you fed up with just another GENESIS, DREAM THEATER or MARILLION clone? Do you think prog rock is dead or fails to generate any excitement? Well, the new and third album "Prélude A La Ruine" from French prog rock band NEMO proves that there are still prog rock bands that succeed to sound innovative. Enjoy NEMO's unique progressive blend of symphonic, metal, jazz and classic, loaded with good ideas, strong breaks, dynamic climates, strong interplay, a propulsive rhythm-section, sparkling piano and many spectacular solo's on guitar (often harder-edged) and keyboards (flashing synthesizer and bombastic organ). The more mellow moments contain piano, violin, twanging electric guitar and warm acoustic guitar but in general you will carried away by swirling, often breathtaking prog rock. In my opinion with their new CD NEMO has turned into a prog rock band equally level to SPOCK'S BEARD or The FLOWER KINGS! If you are up to music like MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT or RUSH, the new album from NEMO will be certainly please you.
Review by Prog-jester
4 stars Wow. I'll definetely return to this wonderful band, as soon as recieve other albums I'm expecting. Now I own "Prelude a la Ruine", and it's almost flawless! The only thing I disliked here is French. Pardon me, guys, but I really dislike the language. On the other hand, there must be a barve to sing on your native language in this English-possessed world! ;)

NEMO's manner is mixing New Symphonic Prog with some Prog Metal - neither Classical Prog Metal you get used to nor Extreme Metal. This is just that energetic and powerful hard-edged nature, bordering Metal, but never becoming a part of it. Hope you got the point. Complex yet melodic, NEMO's music can find its deserved place in EVERY PROGGER's collection - I mean it! They are great in their own way, like it usually happens with every French band I know (from PULSAR and MONA LISA to TAAL). My fave tracks are "1914", "Tous les chemins " and "Cluster 84", though 8-min long opener as well as closing 150min long epic both worth of buying this CD. Highly recommended!!!

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. All the writing in the liner notes is in French but they do thank ProgArchives and other prog sites which is pretty cool. This is powerful music that does border on Prog-Metal as Prog-jester mentions in his review. It is apparently a concept album about the thoughts old man who is about to die looking back at world history. Again the vocals are the weakest parts of the album but I love the heaviness.

"Les Temps Modernes" opens with crisp drums before the french vocals come in. I don't mind them but I think he has improved his singing on the next record "Si Partie I". The heaviness comes in at the 2 minute mark followed by a cool guitar solo as bass throbs. We get some piano and then organ before more amazing guitar arrives. This is great ! I like when the tempo slows down before 5 minutes yet it gets heavier. Piano and vocal melodies 6 1/2 minutes in are incredible. "1914" is an instrumental that opens with what sounds like a Vai solo followed by some heaviness including pounding drums. Excellent sound until it settles down 5 minutes in with a beautiful guitar solo. The tempo picks back up and we are treated with a killer ending.

"O.G.R.E." features more heaviness with vocals this time. A great section 3 minutes in of guitar, drums and organ. Not a lot of vocals in this one except to open and close. "Prelude A La Ruine" opens with piano and light drums. After a minute we get an almost Celtic flavour. "Les Yeux Fermis" is back to the heaviness and this sounds really good ! Some wicked guitar in this one. Vocals and bass a minute in joined by piano. Guitar and organ shine 2 1/2 minutes in. The tempo picks up with some ripping guitar. Fantastic final 2 minutes. "Eve Et Le Genie Du Mal" opens with tasteful guitar and reserved vocals as light drums and keys follow. Nice raw guitar solo 3 minutes in as the sound starts to get fuller with organ arriving. "Tous Les Chemins" has some atmosphere to it. The vocals are almost whispered. The guitar starts to crank it up and organ joins in. It gets kind of punchy sounding 3 1/2 minutes in. Passionate vocals before 6 minutes with another guitar solo a minute later. It settles down 8 minutes in. "Cluster 84" has 4 minutes of catchy, uptempo instrumental work before the vocals arrive and the sound builds.

"Le Monde A L'Envers" is the 13 minute closer that is divided into 3 parts. First "Une Derniere Valse" features piano, synths and reserved vocals in a slow paced,solemn soundscape. Gentle guitar and light drums join in at 2 minutes. "Du Mauvais Cote" is brighter and more uptempo. Some heaviness after 2 minutes with a guitar solo to follow. A fuller sound with organ 3 1/2 minutes. "Epataphe" is my favourite part of the whole album. Organ, drums, bass and guitar all are amazing in this tune. Some blistering guitar in this one. The drums really impress as well. Dark organ and spoken words 4 1/2 minutes in. Heavy guitar takes over for organ.

I prefer their next one "Si Partie I" a lot more than this one. Still this is very well done.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Third album of this brilliant eclectic band from France entitled Prelude a la riune from 2004. As I said on previos album, Nemo is a fantastic band delivering one of the best eclectic aproach I ever heared in years, very up tempo with excellent interplay between keys and guitars, not to mention that the drumer is fantastic musician. prelude a la ruine brings nothing new in nemo's music, is the same aproach like on previos album, the instrumental passages shows how intelligent and great this band is. Very fresh band, Nemo tries to capture my attention from entire 63 minute of high class album. Their music is something between Rush and here and there Tiles, but with an original twist in their interpretation. A truly intristing band that for one reason or another don't get that so much apluses here, and is a shame, they are relly strong and fresh band. Ecllent musicianship through out entire album, great ideas with great potential. They are still a young band, even that they are together and play for almost 10 yers in prog field, capable to release an album each year and with high quality aswell on every single album. This third album desearve better that is praised today, maybe a little less enjoyble than the predecesor , but no doubt a great work by this french band. I will give 4 stars for sure to Prelude a la riune, they desearve to have a wider recognition worldwide, not only in France and Europe, they are really good and intristing band. The best piece all, I can't extract one from the whole bunch, all have same level and brings to the listner a high quality prog music. The Cd is available as the previous one at Musea Records, so don't hesitate to listen to Nemo, maybe they will change your opinion about today's prog music. Recommended
Review by poslednijat_colobar
3 stars Nemo is very exciting band for me, because I think they haven't any weak album. And Prélude À La Ruine is not an exception from this good rule. Of course, the musical mature is at lower level here and I can't regard this album like its successors, but the good tunes are at this album, too! There aren't any weak songs here and all tracks are (traditionally for Nemo) fresh ideas with mixture between jazz fusion, prog metal, symphonic prog and heavy prog, underlined with extreme tempo shiftings.

I've already spoken about the flaws of the album; and now I shall develop this thoughts better. The musicianship is not so perfect, the vocals are little unconvincing and uncertain. The ideas have been developed in a hurry. They are rushed through and this reveals inexperience all around this full of ideas album. It is still an album recommended for all of serious eclectic listeners! 3.5 stars!

Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars After previously releasing two very good and promising albums, on Prelude A La Ruine Nemo really hit their stride and made one of the best albums of their career so far. The same musical elements are present, the blend of heavy rock/metal, symphonic prog and jazz but Prelude a La Ruine tops them by having stronger hooks and melodies.

As usual Nemo excel on some fine instrumental work where the versatile rhythm section underpins some excellent guitar and keyboard work perfectly captured on the totally instrumental 1914. Jean Pierre Louveton's searing and powerful guitar work in particular places Nemo as a prog band for today, not reliving the glory days of the seventies. Nemo manage to take the aforementioned influences and blend them in such a way as to make them one of the more original and inventive bands playing in the current prog scene. They also manage to inject a bit of funk into the proceedings on the catchy Cluster 84.

It's also worth mentioning that regarding the vocals they choose to sing in their native French and while Louverton's singing, who supplies the lead is not one of the bands greater strengths he handles them well enough.

Although it's a strong album throughout the band hit a high on closing track Le Monde à L'envers. The longest piece at fifteen minutes. It's a slow burner building from the restrained vocal led first part and moving into a frantic instrumental break before a solitary organ leads in some crashing power chords to close.

Anyone setting out on the road to discover Nemo will find this an excellent place to start. Perhaps the only better choice would be their most recent 2009 album Barbares. Highly recommended.

Latest members reviews

5 stars If we admit "Si partie 1" is the absolute masterpiece of this fabulous group, "Prélude à la ruine" and "Barbares" are very close behind. Despite its energy, this third record of Nemo is essentially symphonic. The metal influences will be much more evident in he following records, more especial ... (read more)

Report this review (#274555) | Posted by Kjarks | Saturday, March 27, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Nemo outdo themselves once again! Like all good prog, this album (like all Nemo albums) took some time to absorb. This is by far their heaviest album to date (and actually more so than the next album). The first half you could almost accuse them of being Dream Theater clones. However, even th ... (read more)

Report this review (#216593) | Posted by infandous | Tuesday, May 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars With Prélude À La Ruine, Nemo finally hit their groove of perfection, a groove they don't look likely to leave anytime soon. Prélude shows so much invention and accomplishment that it stands up with the greatest albums of its kind ever written. Immediately marking a departure from the style of the ... (read more)

Report this review (#193806) | Posted by La fraisne | Monday, December 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars My first Nemo review and it is a difficult one. This band really defies characterization. Since most reviews use other bands as reference points so the reader can in some way identify what they would hear if they obtained the album, in my view, Nemo sounds like no band I have heard. They are l ... (read more)

Report this review (#116593) | Posted by johnobvious | Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Nemo? This is brilliant music- I can't really say anything about the lyrics- because they are all in French- (but the singing is fairly decent) But again- the music is pretty awesome! I have listened to prog for some time- and I am hearing fresh stuff here. Its a shame these guys aren't a bi m ... (read more)

Report this review (#112760) | Posted by Drew | Monday, February 19, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 4.5 stars really Nemo outdo themselves once again! Like all good prog, this album (like all Nemo albums) took some time to absorb. This is by far their heaviest album to date (and actually more so than the next album). The first half you could almost accuse them of being Dream Theater clone ... (read more)

Report this review (#97017) | Posted by | Friday, November 3, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Nemo is getting better and better .... This album continues the legacy of soon-to-be legendary French Progressive Rock group. The style displayed is the same as displayed on the two previous studio albums, except that it is a little heavier on certain parts. I think that with this album NEMO ste ... (read more)

Report this review (#77449) | Posted by rakam | Monday, May 8, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of NEMO "Prélude À La Ruine"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.