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QWAARN

Neo-Prog • Canada


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QWAARN started life in 2004, at the initiative of drummer François Bernatchez, being initially a musical formation proposed for a musical epic entirely in progressive rock, an interplanetary voyage lived through Qwaarn, the story's main character.

Qwaarn is also a "group in progress" whose members are fluid, appearing according to the musical needs of the piece they are working on. Several of them are active in other groups or are working on solo projects. The varied backgrounds and the fluidity of the musicians also enriches the sound and musical landscape of this group with its unusual way of operating.

Surrounded from the start by Martin Bleau on the guitar and Daniel Bernatchez (brother of François) on the keyboard, the trio rapidly put together its first album, "The Word Of Qwaarn", which appeared at the end of 2004. They were joined for the taping by Stéphane D. (Mélia, Sens.) on bass and Mathieu Lessard (Dagmahr) who supplied vocals.

In 2005, enthusiastic over their first experience, a new two-part session of musical work and research began. First, the keyboard player, Robert Bériau, and the bassist, Daniel Bouchard, joined Martin and François, in drafting ten new compositions while Daniel Bernatchez, Stéphane D. and Mathieu Lessard drifted on to other projects.

Subsequently Didier Berthuit, author, composer and perfomer, also joined the group. Other than the song's melodies, he's been involved in writing all the arrangements and in deconstructing and restructuring the ten pieces of the new album. At the same time, Robert Bériau and Daniel Bouchard, also left the formation for solo projects.

By 2006, the musicians were in studio taping their second project, finally released in 2007 under the name of "Aberrations".

In the two concept albums of Qwaarn can be found highly imaged musical networks that melt into a space-time continuum that unites science fiction and pathetic reality.

At the present time, six musicians and friends present the fruit of this labour on stage:

Antoine Bernatchez, guitar
François Bernatchez, drums
Didier Berthuit, vocals
Martin Bleau, guitar
Guy Brindamour, bass
Mathieu Chamberland, keyboard

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2.37 | 15 ratings
The World Of Qwaarn
2004
2.61 | 8 ratings
Aberrations
2007
3.36 | 11 ratings
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2012

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 Aberrations by QWAARN album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.61 | 8 ratings

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Aberrations
Qwaarn Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Second release from 2007 named Aberrations left somehow the VDGG atmosphere of the first album only on copuple of pieces is still present and the band optained for a more neo prog meets symphonic prog passages. Overall the album is ok , maybe chaotic in places, with the exception Meeting KIm by far the best pieces of the album with some very nice guitar and vocal parts and instrumental sections from Did You Say Salmon? the rest of the album is decent but far from being great. I don't like very much the voice of the new vocalist Didier Berthuit, in parts is dull without having that pleasent Hammill moments of the previous one. Eh, let's say 3 stars but with indulgence, is worse then other albums where I've gave 3 stars, not a great album but has some good moments overall. I like thier first one better.

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 The World Of Qwaarn by QWAARN album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.37 | 15 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Qwaarn is one of the unnoticed bands coming from Quebec zone from the newer generation of prog bands. I was very surprised to see how low rated this band is. Their first album released in 2004 named The world of qwaarn sounds to me anything but neo prog really. This very much towards eclectic prog in vein of what Van Der Graaf generator done in mid '70s. Some arrangements and the most similar with VDGG is the voice of Mathieu Lessard , better known from Daghmahr band. Well, I must confess that to me this album sounds pretty much ok most of the time, I like the the voice who remind me a lot of Hammill. Even is far from being great, in places is little forced and doesn't have catchy moments overall this album is ok to my ears. I like the first copuple of pieces and the middle of the album, some nice keyboards and aswell vocal parts. Not among the worst albums I've ever heared but nothing is excellent here aswell, little amatorish. 3 stars to me. Good cover art made my the master behind Genesis albums, Alex Carpani, etc - Paul Whitehead.

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 The World Of Qwaarn by QWAARN album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars QWAARN are a Neo-Prog band out of Quebec. I'm familiar with the vocalist on the debut here as he used to be in a band called DAGMAHR. This is a concept album and Paul Whitehead did the album's cover art. Okay enough with the details, the bottom line is that this album is a disappointment on so many levels.

"Bright Blue" opens with synths and piano then vocals arrive before a minute. A beat and a fuller sound kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes. We get a guitar solo 4 minutes in. "It's Three O'Clock" is mellow with acoustic guitar and synths. A beat joins in then vocals. It's better after 2 minutes when the guitar arrives. It settles back and piano ends it. "The Word Of Qwaarn" opens with spacey synths then it kicks in around a minute. Spoken words before 2 minutes. Reserved vocals and piano follow as it settles back.It picks up after 4 minutes. "The Endless Night" is spacey with spoken words then it kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes. A guitar solo after 8 minutes. It settles 9 1/2 minutes in. Spoken words end it.

"Djan's Mission" turns heavier after 1 1/2 minutes. Bass and keyboards lead with drums 3 minutes in. It lightenes and we get some vocal melodies too. "Virtz's Operation" is lightweight with vocals. Not good at all. "The Quest For The Spirit" is pastoral to open as spoken words come in.The tempo picks up some with vocals. It's speeding up 2 1/2 minutes in then it calms down as themes are repeated. "Response" features synths and relaxed guitar as the drums join in. A fair amount of atmosphere here. Spoken words after 1 1/2 minutes then the vocals arrive as it picks up a minute later. More spoken words then vocals end it. "Realities" opens with synths as spoken words come in. It picks up with vocals 2 1/2 minutes in.

I feel like i'm being generous with the 2 star rating here. You've been warned.

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 Aberrations by QWAARN album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Review by Windhawk
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2 stars A rather unique sounding sophomore release from this Canadian band.

Musically the seem to have set a foundation in symphonic prog or neo prog; with lots of melodic synthwork being present most of the time here.

But planned or not, atonal and disharmonic elements keep appearing from instruments and vocals alike; creating a unique and alien soundscape. Which is enhanced by the accent and delivery of the vocalist here.

Some of the songs here work quite well; but most doesn't - for me this gets too weird most of the time. Fans of weird and eccentric music should seek out this one though.

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Review by Prog-jester
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1 stars What a huge disappointment actually.

Hard to compare with anything - maybe worst from DEYSS or of that kind, plus unnecessarily complex (to make it more progish?) and overfilled with stolen tunes and ideas (not the best ones too). I expected more varied and interesting work from the band where ex-RED SAND vocalist sings. Instead of it we're having undeveloped themes and arrangements, horribly ridiculous dialogues (album is kinda concept) and narrations, weak accented vocals, thin soundproducing and almost total absense of songwriting abilities. They'd rather make a good pop-rock album than forcing a progish one to come out from their guts. Not recommended, even for collectors - simply a waste of time. Hate to say that guys, but can't you see that it's lame? Sorry again, hate to be a basher...

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Review by loserboy
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3 stars Canadian Neo prog 4 piece band with mild hints of GENESIS, CAMEL and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR. This 4 piece band blend highly symphonic keyboards with clean drumming and excellent guitar and bass interplay. QWAARN also has the addition of DAGMAR's Mathieu Lessard on vocals and this is likely where I get VAN DER GRAAF feel. Instrumentally these guys are solid with some interesting and varied songs on this album. Cover art is also by Paul Whitehead who was responsible for a number of early GENESIS albums. Overall a very good album which also boasts some nice clearn production capabilities.

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 The World Of Qwaarn by QWAARN album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by progarctica

2 stars Another Quebec prog scene,, but the problem is always the same !!!! surely not bad prog. The problem or band coming from this old capital is:::: not ORIGINAL!!Similar whit too many prog band. The album is concept album like Marrilon, Arena and all this package..Not very tecnical aspect, little melodie,i not listening a great felling especilly from the vocalist I think is not bad but not very impress me.Maybe that some people like this product!!I give 2.5 stars.......

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