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RED SAND

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RED SAND was created by guitarist Simon Caron, a self-proclaimed David Gilmour, Andy Latimer, Steven Rothery, IQ, BB KING and Albert COLLINS fan. At age 18, he started a couple of progressive rock bands (FÉNIX and OCÉAN) and then left the music scene for a while. Unable to stay away from prog very long, however, he started to write again, searched for a band to perform his music and was soon surrounded by seasoned musicians most willing to oblige. Thus RED SAND was born. There has been a few personnel changes since and the band now consists of Caron himself on guitar, assisted by classically trained vocalist Stéphane Dorval, ex-DAGMAHR keyboard player Pierre Massicotte, renowed Québec bassist Mathieu Gosselin and (newcomer) drummer Perry Angellilo. They released a first album in 2004 titled 'Mirror of Insanity" and then a second a year later called "Gentry". All music and lyrics are penned by Caron.

What strikes the listener is how "early-MARILLION" the band sounds without seeming to imitate them. The compositional style, breaks and moods, the Rothery-like guitar play and the Nolan-like keyboard flights all contribute to this impression - even the albums' artwork bears that early MARILLION touch; yet for some reason, it all sounds very much RED SAND. Well produced and expertly crafted, their music flows naturally and the themes blend into one another with remarkable ease. The lyrics never sound forced or imitative (the vocalist sings in English but doesn't sound at all like FISH). The band may not offer anything original in terms of style, but they do deliver first-rate neo prog that oozes charm, refinement and professionalism.

Highly recommended if you're into early MARILLION, PENDRAGON, ARENA, CLEPSYDRA or SHADOWLAND.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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RED SAND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 75 ratings
Mirror Of Insanity
2004
3.73 | 56 ratings
Gentry
2005
3.31 | 38 ratings
Human Trafficking
2007
3.25 | 47 ratings
Music For Sharks
2009
3.77 | 45 ratings
Behind The Mask
2012
3.73 | 41 ratings
Cinema du Vieux Cartier
2013

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4.16 | 13 ratings
Live Au Cabaret du Liquor Store
2008

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RED SAND Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.80 | 5 ratings
World
2005

RED SAND Reviews


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 Cinema du Vieux Cartier by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 41 ratings

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Cinema du Vieux Cartier
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Red Sand are a good six albums into their career now, and that's the sort of point where you really expect a band to have developed their own identity. On the evidence of Cinema du Vieux Cartier, however, Red Sand are no closer to doing this than they were on their debut album: they're still essentially in the business of mimicing the achievements of neo-prog bands past (particularly Fish-era Marillion and World-era Pendragon). It's a pleasant listen, but it lacks distinctive character and offers no compelling reason to give Red Sand any special attention in preference to any other reasonably competent neo-prog outfit.

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 Cinema du Vieux Cartier by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 41 ratings

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Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by Kingsnake

2 stars I read a bunch of reviews on Progarchives and I was hoping for some wonderfull Marillion- esque of Pendragon-esque neoprogressive rock.

I really can't say, that I enjoyed this cd at all! The production is terrible, the singer is not good. Most of the time he's just of tune.

The drums are annoying the crap out of me. There's no atmosphere on the album. It sounds as though I'm listening to a debut-album. But this is their 6th or 7th album!!!

Some parts, especially the softer parts, are not that bad. The guitarist and the pianist are quite allright. But the singing and drumming ruins it all for me.

I will not trash this record, because these people really did their best. But I will never, ever play something from this band again.

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 Cinema du Vieux Cartier by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 41 ratings

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Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by OneOpinion

5 stars Red Sand from Canada are back with a new offering, "Cinema du Vieux Cartier", and it has certainly been worth the year's wait. They are back to their old form displayed in "Mirror of Insanity" and "Gentry". Great melodies in every song. The good news is the return of the constant keyboard washes and solos that abound in every song. They have a new keyboardist who is terrific (Simon's daughter). Can you spell "n-e-p-o-t-i-s-m", ha-ha. The guitars, bass and drums, as always, are top-notch. I really enjoy the up-front sound of the drums. Steff is back on the vocals and as good and as dramatic as ever. The production is crystal clear. The only bad news is that the second song listed on P.A., "Superhero", only appears on the special limited edition! I ordered very early, but not early enough as I was sent a regular copy. So no comments about "Superhero", very disappointing. For fans of Red Sand this will be a great listen. Highly recommended, but hey, that's just one opinion. And for the those few who will claim "clonism" as usual, just sit back, turn up the volume, relax, and enjoy it. Coke was the first cola, but I never turn down a Pepsi, Levis were the first blue jeans but Wranglers are cool, right??? Well...actually...I wouldn't be caught dead in Wranglers, but you get the point. Great offering from Red Sand, ENJOY IT.

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 Music For Sharks by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.25 | 47 ratings

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Music For Sharks
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by coldwindblowing

3 stars I am a massive fan of Progrules and follow the reviews avidly. Through recommendations, I have discovered one new neo-prog band after another - Collage, Satellite, Clepsydra, Riverside to name a few - to add to what I already knew i.e. Arena, Pendragon etc. I therefore noted the comments on Red Sand with interest, especially about Empty Calendar, and how Marillion-like it was. Well for the first time I (100% respectfully!) disagree! This song has become one of my favourites - brilliant in pace and relentless melody. Yes, it has obvious shades of Marillion, but for me it takes the best of them and expands on it. Just like Pendragon do with Floydian floatiness and Genesis moments to build their own glorious uplifting melodies. Add Empty Calendar to that the long track Shark Man, and we are up to 3' stars without even hearing the rest. Great stuff.

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 Gentry by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.73 | 56 ratings

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Gentry
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by Jihnik1958

5 stars Gentry © 2006

Steff-vocals Simon (Richard) Caron-guitars Perry Angelillo-drums Piere Massicotte-keyboards Mathieu Gosselin-bass Many critics consider this progfany drive many weaker than the first-born. I do not agree with them. The disc is slightly different from the Mirror Of Insanity, but it is not less ... it is another. If the first was made in the spirit of Marillion, most notably the influence of Script For A Jesters Tear, then Gentry has close to the Genesis. Memories! Mellotron in the first 18-minute composition. On this disc, a new lead singer Stiff, which also did not take criticism. Of course, his voice is so beautiful, like Hemel. but he takes his emotions! Also on this disc, the new bass guitarist and keyboardist. I do not know what's going on with them, but the change to the composition of the good will not See what sluchilosm with the finest group of Flamborough Head / Again drive a little bit different, it is closer in spirit and in musical terms to Genesis. Apparently, not a small contribution to this new keyboard. All four songs are just super melodic and super slushabelny :) It is I liked this CD Rated 12 out of 12 ©Genesisomania

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 Mirror Of Insanity by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.94 | 75 ratings

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Mirror Of Insanity
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by Jihnik1958

5 stars Mirror Of Insanity © 2004

1) Blame 12:10

Remember song Marillion " Script For a jesters tear "? The same sensations, the same atmosphere, the same spirit.. Immersing with a head in magic, fine music.. Mood of this marillion compositions. The same you long also beauty, the same heat And grandeur.. Any plagiarism, cloning and copying.. Though faultfinders, certainly will accuse this remarkable group of cloning. I repeat, any cloning, simply associations arise with this marillion-style Composition.

On the third and seventh minute change of a melody, and, Naturally, rhythmics.. In some places there is a similarity, besides on Marillion-Style: Market square heroes...

The vocalist on Fish (а) is absolutely not similar, has the beautiful and unique voice...

On 9й to minute there is a new theme which causes associations with the best Compositions Pendragon and Castanarc.

The most beautiful guitar solo finishes this 12 minutes epic

Estimation 12 from 12

2) Children Memory 10:15

Beautiful guitar on a background mellotron.. insinuating (almost as at Fish) a vocal... Intonations too Fish-style... On the second minute, unexpectedly, the theme varies... There were fragmentary rhythms, characteristic for most The best compositions Marillion, ... Guitar solo, extending all soul, passing in magnificent syntezisers passage... .., on the fourth minute typical marillion-style transition to a slow site of a composition Since the fifth minute a keyboard background, with guitar the game, announcing (there is as though a forcing Conditions) that now there will be a culmination moment... HM.. practically the forcing has reached{achieved} apogee...... And unexpectedly there is a children's fuss (noise of a children's playground).. WOW!!!, it!!! There was an outcome... Very beautifully and majesticly in spirit Pendragon and Pink Floyd.

Estimation 12 from 12

3) Mirror Of Insanity 14:47

The magic keyboard introduction, insinuating vocal, and, almost, in a unison sounding guitar solo...

All this reminds of the best moments of group Pendragon...

Extraordinary beauty transition, and....... There was a new theme, besides in spirit of the best moments from Creativity Pendragon.... On the fifth minute, change of a theme and rhythmics... On the sixth minute fantastic, tremendous synz solo, On a background typically Marillions fragmentary rhythmic figure.. Further the composition goes in is inherent in early disks Marillion style and stops This part a composition magnificent guitar solo... Such impression That on a guitar plays itself Steve Rothery:-)

On the eighth minute, again change of a theme.... .. As pleases, that all new and new themes one is better another.. All is thought over up to the smallest Details, extremely beautifully also is refined..... The uniform confused moment!

All very much and very much, well is simple up to impossibility beautifully, is melodious, and causes only Admiration!!!

On the tenth minute small influence Pink Floyd is audible..

Any secondariness, any aquosity and clones, and furthermore toffees. Given 15 minutes the composition obeys on one breath and flies by as though for some Seconds.. Tremendous work!!!

Estimation 12 from 12 4) Cradle 2:47

Short, but not less expressive composition: As all is emotional and fine.. Under murmur of an acoustic guitar there is a vocal deducing{removing} a melody of heavenly beauty..

The keyboard player, with a background similar on mtllotron enters.. Also finishes majestic guitar solo, on a background powerful keyboard..

Estimation 12 from 12 THE CONCLUSION: As YOU have noticed, a disk to present measures short.. For me it is big plus.. Can because I grow old, but disks more than 55 minutes of me start to load and tire. On this disk is not present the uniform unnecessary moment. There is no water and toffees, and obeys, am repeated, Disk on one breath..

The given disk I recommend all present fans of groups Marillion, Pendragon.

Music of group is not complex{difficult}, very much and is very melodious, extraordinary beautiful and emotional.

Musicians have enclosed in creation of it the MASTERPIECE all soul and heart! Yes, yes the Masterpiece from the big letter! Also I shall not be afraid grandiloquent and the worn out words... I ASSERT, that in due course Name RED SAND will be entered by GOLD LETTERS in a history of art - fate!!!

Not frequently, it is especial recently (because of surplus of a musical material) at me arise similar Emotions.. Red Sand one of the best groups of the art of fate of our time..

I wish musicians that they not looking on attacks of critics did not change it REMARKABLE direction, also did not search, so to say, for this false ORIGINALITY..

For me Red Sand undoubtedly it is better looked, than last disks of collectives dear by me, neoprogressive sense, such as: IQ, Pendragon, Pallas, Jadis well and about Marillon, Spocks Beard and The Flower Kings and to speak not hunting (their song already sing)

As far behind have remained (me hotly loved{liked;favourite}) their fellow countrymen SAGA.

Fantastic, tremendous, fine work.. Has received the present{true} pleasure..

© Genesisomania

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 Live Au Cabaret du Liquor Store by RED SAND album cover DVD/Video, 2008
4.16 | 13 ratings

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Live Au Cabaret du Liquor Store
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Live au cabaret du liquor store is a very solid DVD from Red Sand. released in fall of 2007 promoting their third album Human Trafficking. Well, this is really great DVD, Red Sand is in top notch form, Simon Caron sounding never better. pieces like Submissive from Gentry album is simply amazing contributing a lot the vocalist Stephane Dorval for theatrical apperance , what a great vocalist and what an amazing guitarist, all of the memberes are really solid musicins. All DVD is enjoyble from start to finish, is a pitty thet they can not play for wider public and to be more known. Great and recommended for those into neo prog. 4 stars easy.

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 Behind The Mask by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.77 | 45 ratings

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Behind The Mask
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 really

The latest Red Sand album to date issued not long ago named Behind the mask is the best album since Gentry. I mean with this release they really return to the great form they were in that period 2004-2005. This is much better in every aspect then previous 2 albums, not to mention that is miles ahed face Music for sharks. Here not only Caron shines on guitar, but each musician involved brings and deliver best they got. Even is a great record I don't considered their best, I remain to Gentry to be the most acomplished Red Sand album ever. Pieces like Behind the mask are instanly catchy and has that special Red Sand gitar trademarck made in Caron, excellent. The pieces, all of them are more intressting, elaborated, keyboards have again an important role, somehow forgotten on previous work only sporadicaly used, here are excellent. This is first rate neo prog, maybe not original, but well played and with intresting passages. The bass, drums are all over and is clear that they play with pleasure for neo prog music. Another fine Red Sand album that desearves more then 3 stars and less then 4 because 4 was destined for their best work Gentry, so 3.5 it is, a welcome return to form after almost mediocre Music for sharks.

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 Music For Sharks by RED SAND album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.25 | 47 ratings

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Music For Sharks
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Forth album Music for sharks from 2009 issued by this great canadian neo prog band, is a let daown album in comparation with previous 3 works, I mean is far from the greatness and imaginative Gentry album, by far their best record they ever done. Music for sharks a little bland and pale in many parts but overall is not bad. First, to my ears is more laid back, more safe, the compositions never get over that mid tempo arrangements, and second the neo prog offered here is the most accesible band ever done. 6 pieces, most of the time geting in Marillion territory, specially the guitar of Caron. But Caron being an excelent guitarist and composer, I really like his tone of the guitar, knew to hide some passages that sounding to much a la Marillion and turning them is some ok ones with great solos and riffs. Maybe the best tune from here is Shark Man clocking over 16 min, the rest are ok and nothing more. In the end this album is the weakes Red Sand ever done, not really bad but mediocre. Hardly 3 stars

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3.25 | 47 ratings

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Music For Sharks
Red Sand Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

4 stars In despite of other reviews, i found this album very enjoable, and reach of good ideas. In some comments i read that they looks a Marillion clone, but i think just their first 2 album had many moments ripped off by Marillion sound and amosphere. Here you can find an evolute and refined sound, with influencies by Floyd for the guitar style of Simon Caron and Beatles for the melodies, with a slight simphonic touch here and there. The new vocalist Mathieu Lessand, is really good and does an excellent work here, and this time doen't try to imit Fish or Gabriel.

All the instruments here makes a good work, especially the bassist player, that performs some execellent solos in some mellow compositions. In this album Caron play even the keyboards, but in my opinion the band need a keyboardist because the compositions is often based on the guitar pattern. The better tracks of the album is the epic and terrific Shark Man, here there are some good vintage moments(mellotron and 2 acustic guitars) alternating with a more eletronic and modern approach.

The song start in a very dramatic/dark and aggresive mood, almost metal, with a keyboard riff that remember some horror movie by italian band Goblin, but after the 3 minutes begin a symphonic piano with a fretless bass, and here the vocalist reach his greatest expression, becoming very theatrical, but this pleasant moment change soon and start an intricate solo of guitar before and keyboards later over an uptempo rythm, for slow down after other 3 minutes; here an acustic passage end the composition with mellotron in background, over a minimoog solo that open the entrance of a awesome guitar solo that fade away the song. 4 Star

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