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QUANTUM FANTAY started in 2004 when Pete Mush and Jaro formed a new band after they've both been in the now disbanded "OREGON". Pete is the current keyboard player in the Belgian progressive rock band "GIRRIBIZZI" and Jaro is handling the bass in a local cover band. Soon Gino Bartolini and Charles Sla came on board. QUANTUM FANTAY plays a kind of music they like to describe as liquid space rock. If this discription sounds unfamiliar maybe the name of OZRIC TENTACLES does ring a bell. But QF is a lot more than just a clone of OZRIC. Their music is sounding like a mixture of progressive rock, electronic music, groove, world music and most of all psychedelic rock, it also contains elements of reggae and dub.

Their first and only album "Agapanthusterra" is full of instrumental music, sometimes lush and cosmic, on other moments space rocking like Hawkwind. The variety of influences and calm and up-tempo section is fascinating from start to finish. Their sound is full of different instruments and sound effects although the keyboards are an substantial part of it. There's a notably science fiction feel to the instrumental music which also has some noticeable prog elements especially in guitar and keyboard parts. Extremely recommended !

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3.57 | 49 ratings
Agapanthusterra
2005
4.16 | 83 ratings
Ugisiunsi
2007
2.96 | 40 ratings
Kaleidothrope
2009
3.94 | 89 ratings
Bridges of Kukuriku
2010
3.72 | 62 ratings
Terragaia
2014

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4.36 | 11 ratings
From Herzberg to Livingroom
2007
4.11 | 24 ratings
Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine
2011

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 Terragaia by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.72 | 62 ratings

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Terragaia
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars A race around the world, a detour to the ancient East and a trip to deep outer space pretty much sums up spacerockers Quantum Fantay's approach perfectly! The band take ideas and themes similar to bands such as the Ozric Tentacles, Hidria Spacefolk and even a dash of Hawkwind, but add plenty of their own individuality, mostly in the form of frequently up-tempo melodies, more typical progressive rock styled epic guitar soloing and little surprising moments of crisp Neo-prog styled keyboard sheen and sophistication. Their fifth album `Terragaia' may not set out to reinvent the sub-genre, but you'll hopefully be enjoying the all instrumental sounds too much to notice!

Opener `Journey to Earth' offers some creeping, maddening alien menace that perfectly compliments the moody cover artwork, as oceans of ambient synths, ferocious drumming, aggressive bass, glistening flute breezes, chiming reggae guitars and dub beats with heavy guitar blast attack the listener. Some lighter sounds drifts through `Azu Kene...', playful electric guitar licks dance around percolating emulated marimba Pierre Moerlin's Gong-like sounds, then the ancient world meets modern electronics in the dazzling and relentless `Desert Rush', all rippling synth bubbles and whirling dervish manic electric guitar riffing. `Aargh' is a Moog/synth driven Celtic jig that darts back and forth in tempo, only sadly let down by lack of a real ending. There's lots of tension and perfectly executed builds in the ancient eastern drama that pervades `Instant Karma', with droning tablas, hypnotic female chants, sitar and some delirious nimble acoustic guitar runs.

Unsurprisingly, Oriental themes race through the plucky `Chopsticks an Gongs', mysterious koto and tranquil flute twisting between heavy searing electric guitars, loopy synth spirals and murmuring bass that glides like fluid. `Indiegofera' is more meditative and ambient, droning didgeridoo and deep throated tribal groans with some very subtle groovy mellow electronics.`Yah Roste Fooroap' is a nice slow-burn reggae/dub piece mixed with German band Eloy's weeping lost- in-space `Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes'-era styled synths. Outer space goes Wild West in `Cowdians' , harmonica and banjo duelling it out with inspired electric guitar soloing in the slightly cheesy first half, but the dance beats, glistening tip-toeing electric piano run and a soothing Camel- like flute outro save it. `Journey From Earth' closes the album more in a symphonic prog manner, several lush and grandiose synth and keyboard themes that alternate between stirring and frantic to blast us back into space once more.

Some will likely feel Quantum Fantay are not offering the most original take on the spacerock style, but the album is still a perfectly enjoyable and well-performed work. `Terragaia' offers listeners ten tracks of colourful, atmospheric and carefully composed psychedelic/space rock with endless instrumental thrills that always remains melodic, lively and instantly pleasing to the ear.

Four stars.

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3.72 | 62 ratings

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Terragaia
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by meganeura

4 stars Kings of the universe of Ozric clones are going to Mother Earth .... welcome. End of talk about non-originality - who understands that he will be pleased.

Group expressed some sense of humor and trying to confuse the listener name plates, expecting that this album would be just another space rock album. Did the same thing in the prehistory of this musical subgenre Nektar did on his album Down to Earth, a return to Earth. But they then came up with a surprisingly lightweight album full of melodic songs with brief footage and circus image of members. And that's the joke (hard to tell if contrived?) - On this album is, in fact, everything remains the same and also shows how difficult it is to escape the shadow of their own, let alone the shadow of the founding fathers - Ozric Tentacles. Return to our Earth - Terra Gaia, is marked by the repetition of known and proven practices. Fortunately, or unfortunately? For fans of the band and the style is everything okay, we have another serving of delicious melodic music coming from a space rock traveling in the footsteps of Ozric Tentacles, with overlap mainly in dub and ethno (Africa , the Celts , the Far East), which fully corresponds to that it is a concept album conceived as a return trip after our home planet . In this album has a lot of parallels with the legendary Erpland . If reaches its qualities anyone's guess. Someone may not be to the taste of straightness rhythms, another grins than impressionability melodies of songs, others will be irritated a little taste of the band experiment more , but I think it is necessary to appreciate the quality of the band , mainly songwriting potential bandleader Pieter Van den Broeck [ aka Pete Mush ] that does not go in the making of this , perhaps forever minority and unjustly neglected branch of music because the band playing this music that should never easy. Yet it is doing very well , especially in the countries of Scandinavia.There should shop around those who yearn for the more experimental space rock, there is operate the pack type Oresund Space Collective, or Taipuva Luotisuora. Finally, I should add that after a series of previous 3 great albums is difficult to establish and continue to set high standard of quality. Still, the band managed to record an album continued in the best traditions and would be a small miracle if at times showed no fatigue invention. This, however, show any other album.

Highlighs? Desert rush, Aargh, Chopsticks and gongs, Cowdians( surprising space country!).

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 Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Live, 2011
4.11 | 24 ratings

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Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Let's start with a pun! What else would be new! THERE IS ALWAYS 'ROOM' FOR SPACE- Rock! Corny? Okay, sorry!

These delightful Belgians really sparkle on this live album, thank you Conor Fynes for your alluring review, it definitely fueled the hunt and the purchase. Being infected by Mantric Muse and the two Moonwagon albums, it was not a hard leap to infuse a little booming craziness into the fray which these musicians supply en masse. Yes, yes, yes there is a most definite early Ozric Tentacles vibe that is unassailable but certainly not intended to blindly copy the masters of the genre. For one, as virtuous as guitarist Dario Frodo is, he has a stretch to equal Ed Wynne, not really fair comparisons but the guitar parts here are raw, frenetic and naughty, which only assist the leafy instrumentals to bloom in total freedom.

"Ungisiunsi" sets the controls to the heart of the sun and the countdown to launch begins with roaring bass and guitar in unison, very heavy, while Peter Mush's fluttering synths paint the soundscape. Frodo starts growling on his electric axe, grinding, slicing, chopping and sawing like a true pro. Mush lays down a marimba patch synth solo for the ages, bubbling like pink champagne, while devilish bassist Jaro does his best Zia Geelani imitation (now that is pure bliss !) brutally igniting the low end foundation with some swift bass runs. Drummer Gino Bartolini drums like a manic Italian, so he may be one, transplanted to Belgium like Enzo Scifo's family. "Cube" is more structured, a rocky sub-atmospheric barrage of bass-fueled sound convoys the raging synths and the persistent raspy guitar. The shift to a more tropical, even a touch of Middle Eastern beat becomes obvious, doing a little dub /reggae shuffle but the feverish pace just keeps growing into another noble blow-out. Stellar stuff! The applause is well- earned from the Lokeren faithful. "Zwar Tysch Apy" is closer to the Ozric tenet, a solid beat hitched to a stubborn bass with a plethora of soaring string or ivory flurries , hints of Oriental bells, layers of bubbly synthesizers and oddball twists 'n turns. The middle is just a tad too long and just your attention fades Frodo comes in with a monstrous splurge, tearing at the strings like a madman. Gotcha! The first major highlight is perhaps the exotic and quirky "Kukuriku Part1" with its bitchy rhythm, bristling synths and stinging guitars, the beat at a vehement pace, scratching the notes with unashamed aggression. There is plenty of business going on, the interplay is truly magnificent and mostly unrelenting, like a workout. Then it gets pretty oily and lubed up, a full frontal guitar assault that meows its rage, there are some perilous psychedelics going on here. Intensity is the buzz word. "Follow the Star" is the second longest piece here a 9 minute and 20 seconds of profound and meaty prog-rock, certainly heavily starry-eyed and governed by constellations from way beyond. "Shiver Moments" is where things get raunchy invoking the Hawkgods of old, a muscular form of instrumental warfare that leaves no asteroid unturned, a pulsating and zippy slice of delirium, the flute blowing its innocence, Frodo thrashing like a frustrated swan while Mush opens up cages of fluttering synth birds. Earthy yet also spacy, the acme is achieved on the languorous electric guitar solo, very restrained and delicate, a pure marvel to behold. The lengthiest piece (by only a few ticks of the clock) is also the Everest here, an astonishing epic space prog track that rivals 'Sultana Detrii", the jewel found on the Waterfall Cities album from the Ozboys. Appropriately, "Counterclockwise" is the time machine gone berserk master stroke that earns this album its high marks and a permanent place in my rotation. Initiated by a drop-dead beautiful melody with jangling guitars and divinely driven by expert rhythm machines, the sheer euphoria is seamless and contagious. What panacea! There is a sense of constant evolution and interface, the instruments flow like rivulets of water through the fingers, refreshing and elusive. "Kukuriku Part2" is reprised, a reasonably rare occurrence in a live concert context, except the overall feel here is mellower than Part 1, perhaps a little more psychedelic and bluesy, slowly building up to a frenzy, Frodo really tearing on Mush's synthy sleeves. Drummer Bartolino really earns his stripes here, delivering a massive assault on his kit. "Niek Schlut" is one of their classic concert pieces, a rabble rousing audience bopping up and down showstopper that speeds along like some Exocet missile gone berserk. Persistent, ruthless and anthemic, the boys just pile on the sizzle, the drizzle and the fizzle. The mid-section quiets down enough for some lovely flute ornamentations among the synthesized shimmers, the pulse bold and courageous. A sensational track of contrast and endless progression as things just become kookoo again for the finale! Two shorter encore tracks finish off this cosmic trip, "Trip Escape" has that tropical reggae/dub feel, except for the scowling guitar that rages sideways and shifts in tone, gradually going tornado as Bill Bruford would say. "Blocktail" is the final astral nail in the 'agena', a brash, soaring, sun blasted effusion of how a band finally touches down to earth after exploring the wild blue yonder.

Certainly, there is a certain sameness in formula but one has to understand that (like Hawkwind and Ozrics) Space has to be heard in a live context for the hypnosis to take over, numb the mind as well as overpower the mesmerized fan with a laser light shower that boggles the brain. It's a physical experience a well as a musical one. This is a totally satisfying experience both as an outright listening adventure with headphones and eyes wide shut, as well as background music ideal for a long highway drive or, of course, make love music. Can you crow about holding on for 79 minutes? See why the missus is smiling ?

4.5 Mir Apollos

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 Agapanthusterra by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.57 | 49 ratings

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Agapanthusterra
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Subterranean

5 stars For their debut album, Quantum Fantay scores. These five musicians managed to deliver 50 minutes of delight. Listening to Quantum Fantay will certainly bring you reminiscences of Ozric Tentacles & Tangerine Dreams... and to a lesser extend of Mike Oldfield, Sigur Ros, Arkenstone, JM Jarre and (good) electronic productions of the early 80s. However, Quantum Fantay has a personality of his own and is by no way just a clone of Ozric Tentacles. If the first half of the album shows clearly the proeminent electronic influence (which is by no way a critic as these tracks are really great), the second half has a more mixed influence including more rock elements. The album alternate lower & upper tempo and manages always to bring you in a travel with the tracks. Well, I should avoid the term "song" here as this is a fully instrumental album. The title track and Lantanasch are maybe the high points of this album but, this said, there is no real weak track on it. Unfortunately, Quantum Fantay is not widely known (even in his homeland) and would certainly deserve more press coverage. Anyway, I invite you to discover the band's discography and especially this excellent album.

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 Agapanthusterra by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.57 | 49 ratings

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Agapanthusterra
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars From Lokeren, Belgium, comes this interesting Space Rock band, started in 2002 as an offshoot project of three members from Ghiribizzi, ending up being the main vehicle of the two of them, more specifically keyboardist Pete Mush and guitarist Dario Frodo.The third member was drummer Gino Bartolini, while the line-up included also bassist Jaro and flutist Charles Sla.Actually the name of the band was the result of a type error of ''Quantum Fantasy''.The first album of Quantum Fantay ''Agapanthusterra'' was recorded between 2004 and 2005 at Pete Mush'es studio (called the Mushroomland) and released as a private work in 2005.

Many compare Quantum Fantay to OZRIC TENTACLES, which is partly true, but the sound of the Belgians seems to go through plenty of variations, always under a Space Rock concept.The main force of this all instrumental debut are Pete Mush'es spacey and cosmic synthesizers, not surprisingly he is also the composer of all the music in here.His work passes from sharp, intense and cosmic synths to extreme Electronic soundscapes, producing sonic textures of another world.He is accompanied by a great supporting group, which has its own room to develop the sound.From the groovy and heavy guitar rhythms of Frodo to the beautiful, psych-flavored flute drives of Sla, the spacey atmosphere of Mush obtains another dimension, trully attractive and imaginery.The rhythm section is very consistent with a pretty pounding performance all the way and the sound of the group is certainly among the most original of the scene.''Agapanthusterra'' contains among others lots of impressive and powerful rhythmic parts to satisfy listeners even outside the genre.

Personal mix of Psychedlic Rock, Space Rock, Prog Rock and Electronic Music in a promising package.Strongly recommended to all lovers of cosmic soundscapes and powerful musicianship...3.5 stars.

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 Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Live, 2011
4.11 | 24 ratings

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Bridges Of The Old Fishingmine
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Bridges of the Old Fishingmine' - Quantum Fantay (7/10)

There's really no better place to experience psychedelic music than in a lie setting. If that fails, then a recorded performance should suffice, at least in the case of these Belgian spacemen. Although it may be less than ideal for me to be introduced to the music of Quantum Fantay through a live album, 'Bridges of the Old Fishingmine' is a strong manifest of what the band is all about. Upbeat rhythms fuse with explosive leads and quasi-metal riffs plant Quantum Fantay on the heavier side of the space rock spectrum. Their style may not feel original, but they execute it with excellence.

The one band that comes to mind when listening to Quantum Fantay is the quintessential space-jam rock band, Ozric Tentacles. In many ways, it feels as if Fantay picks up where the Ozrics left off, circa their 'Jurassic Shift' opus, and before they ventured into more dub- oriented territory. Luckily, Ozric Tentacles happen to be my favourite space band, so despite my usual apprehension against bands that sound too much like another, I do not find myself yearning for these guys to 'go their own way'. The lack of an 'original' sound aside, 'Bridges of the Old Fishingmine' demonstrates this band's fantastic skill and talent for playing this sort of music. Whether they are playing a laid back 'world music' interlude or a fast-paced rock theme, the performance is tight, especially considering that 'Fishingmine' presents the band in a live context.

As a live album, 'Bridges of the Old Fishingmine' is an oddity. On top of the anticipation of hearing a band do something 'new' with their compositions, I often associate live albums to hearing applause before and after a song begins. 'Fishingmine' has very little in the way of audience interaction, instead focusing on the music itself. The instruments are very well mixed, often to the point where I would not have blinked twice under the impression that I was hearing a studio recording. Pete Mush's keyboard work is performed and produced excellently; the recording manages to pick up all the nuances of his sequencers, as well as some of the more blistering 'solo' work that pops up.

I feel that Quantum Fantay are a little too comfortable to rest on Ozric Tentacles, and while not quite as mind-bending as the sounds they emulate, there's no doubt that Quantum Fantay have plenty going for them. Strong production, tight performance, and some surprisingly memorable melodies make 'Bridges of the Old Fishingmine' a worthy recommendation.

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3.57 | 49 ratings

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Agapanthusterra
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars It's clear that the main reference for this band is OZRICTENTACLES, and this is mainly because of two things: all the songs are instrumental (execept for some vocoder) and the very "clean" production that makes this band sound quite similar, but I think that there are also important differences which likely come from different musical experiences of the band's members.

The album opener, "T.N.S.F.P.", is based on a keyboard sequence that can remind to the Tangerine Dream of the 80s, but it also has a flute which provides a touch of Canterbury and the already mentioned vocoder. All those things together are not too far from the Pink Floyd of the post-Waters period. Another band which comes to my mind is the Dutch "35007". Those are the impressions from the first track.

When "Lantanasch" comes, I can't not think to be listening to the Ozrics of Waterfall Cities, but what makes the difference is again the flute both in the uptime and in the quiet parts. It's interesting the fact that in the uptimes it sounds almost "classic prog" while in the quiet the effect is even "celtic". Apart of the flute, this band seems to have many connections with the old times. After the "celtic" moment there's a part with a tempo reminding of Genesis or neo- prog and the "liquid" final of the track is very close to Tangerine Dream.

"Spiral Flame" is based on minor chords and this makes it sound a little darker. However, in this kind of electronics I can hear reminders to the late 70s/early 80s like Jarre, Alan Parsons and Camel. The reggae part is very 80s as well. Does anybody remember the final of David Gilmour's "Cruise"? Or the Wishbone Ash of Pilgrimage?

The title track, whatever the title means, makes a huge use of vocoder. It has a mini-suite structure, with many different themes coming and going and touching a lot of genres. The more I listen to this band the more I'm sure that they have their roots in the classic prog. They are not sticking on classics only, anyway. This track shows some influences of Porcupine Tree as well.

"Wintershades" confirms the link with PT but with a touch of Pink Floyd, too, as it's a more bluesy track and the keyboardist seems to walk on Rick Wright's steps of the Pompeii time. A great track this one.

"Trip Escape" has an intriguing title, isn't it? The bass still plays "reggae" and so has to do the drummer. The keyboard soundscape is close to Tangerine Dream so what comes out iresults in a contrast or a fusion. It's another very good track. The only thing that I would have liked different is the guitar: the production puts it in background even when is leading and the sounds used are too clean and similar to the keyboard and this makes it a bit flat.

"Wais Dame Dilamp" has a middle Eastern flavor. Camel's debut and again the Wright of Pompeii mixed in an electronic format. This is where the link with 35007 and Ozric Tentacles is stronger.

Gilmour's Floyds seem to inspire the following track: "Chase The Dragon", at least before the bass goes again in a "rub-a-dub" style. as it happens with the guitar, there's an excellent flute that it's kept in the background. I think what the production wanted was the fusion of all the instruments without peaks or solos. The music has to sound "liquid" even when the guitar becomes distorted. The second half of the track is a sort of electronic metal, and also in this they are similar to 35007 that more than Ozric Tentacles is the band that I feel more similar to them, even geographycally. This crescendo is a great way to close an instrumental album.

So I like the band, I like the whole album and I strongly suggest it to people who likes any of the bands that I have mentioned, but it's still non-essential. More stars will come with the next albums.

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 Bridges of Kukuriku by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.94 | 89 ratings

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Bridges of Kukuriku
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars This reminds me of hard-driving OZRIC TENTACLES songs except fresher, more organized to showcase a variety of instrumental sounds and solos (yes, even more than Mr. WYNN et companie). the driving, propelling bass playing is noticeable--and greatly appreciated--throughout, as are the very dynamic and upbeat synthesizer soli and accompany-work. Though the first song "Kukuriki, Pt. 1 (Bridge one)" (7/10) starts like an amped-up TALKING HEADS "Cross-eyed and Painless" (if you can imagine that!?!?), it's Eastern influences give it its own identity. 2. "Follow the Star (Bridge Two)" (8/10) takes on a WEST INDIA GIRL plays PORCUPINE TREE's "Sky Moves Sideways" flute-led jam section. 3. "Shiver Moments (Bridge Three)" (6/10) is the album's heaviest jam with some near-metal guitars ("Apocalypse in 9/8"?!) and structures. 4. "Portable Forest (Bridge Four)" (6/10) loses out because of its disco drum beat and fairly simple and straightforward rock jam showcasing. 5. "Counter Clockwise (Bridge Five)" (8/10) is the album's only 'slowed down' tune, with a kind of Ibiza-Ozric sound to it (though no techno-beats). Still, truly awesome keys and bass playing! 6. "Kukuriku, pt. 2" is the most OZRIC-sounding of them all. Check out this cool and tasteful collection of cruisin' songs! It's a joy ride! And really great musicians. Looking forward to more in their future. And look: a new bass player to watch! Kudos, Jaro!

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 Kaleidothrope by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.96 | 40 ratings

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Kaleidothrope
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

2 stars QF's third studio, album is not a big departure from their first two albums, just as their "Maître? de-pensée" Ozric Tentacles never really changed their soundscapes throughout all their discography. And indeed Fantay seem so infatuated with Ozric that one doubts if they didn't purposely take out an "s" in the second part of their name, because it's rather obsessive. Even in the artwork dept; they manage to be Ozric-ian with this self-made (by bassist Jaro) Easter Island and Vikings artwork.

The quintet (that's the standard prog quartet and a flutist) develops an almost-instrumental rock (only the opening Spirit and Zwar Tysch tracks have vocals ? by guests too), that is very danceable, joyous and ultimately peaceful. Just like OT, QF has some/many programmed beats that give their music a slight robotic feel, but it is nothing shocking either. Despite the joyous nature of their music, I find it a bit sad that by this third album, QF has yet to find its own original soundscapes ans still rely on their almost-unique OT influence. I guess that there is maybe enough space for two in that special niche. Maybe that's Quantum's ultimate Fantasy and they have the chance to live it. All the more to them in that case.

If you look well enough, you'll find this third album coming with a bonus homemade DVD disc of theirs that includes low-resolution homemade film about life on the road in Germany (rather abruptly assembled) of relatively uninteresting tidbits (no naked groped groupies and the "de-rigueur" usual horsing around), a low-res home movie about their home studio (on how to bury the drummer in the basement so you don't hear him) and finally a local Flemish festival (equally low-res film), where, if you still needed proof or confirmation, QF is happy in their OT clone. Well QF does manage to have some success at what they like doing, so all the more power to them.

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 Kaleidothrope by QUANTUM FANTAY album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.96 | 40 ratings

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Kaleidothrope
Quantum Fantay Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Belgian outfit Quantum Fantay has built up a reputation as a band exploring musical territories prety cloe to Ozric tentacles with their first two efforts. And while the similarities still exist on this third studio effort of theirs, the similarities are less obvious on this venture.

Swirling synths and atmospheric flute soloing is still features found on most efforts, and the space-tinged searching guitar soloing is also evident on many occasions this time around. But the musical foundation on quite a few efforts have more of a distinct hard rock sound to it, and big - at times massive - dramatic synth layers have more of a symphonic and art rock touch than space and psychedelia on many occasions.

Although different in sound and style, the elements used to some extent reminds me of German band Eloy on their Colours album from 1980 - but at least at this point in their career Quantum Fantay are unable to mix these elements to creations that make an impact above the ordinary. At least in the studio.

The best efforts on this album are the ones closest in sound to Ozric Tentacles as I regard it, and there's enough such ventures here to recommend this album to followers of bands pursuing that style too. At least as long as perfection through and through aren't expected.

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