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KEN'S NOVEL is a 5-piece band from Belgium featuring Patrick Muermans (lead - and backing vocals, drums and keyboard programming), Eric Vanderbemden (electric - and acoustic guitars), Bruno Close (keyboards), Geoffrey Leontiev (drums, percussions, drums programming) and Sebastièn Mentior. In '99 they released their first album "The Guide", this one was boosted by a positive review from the magazine Prog Resiste and a distribution deal from the known French progrock label Musea Records. KEN'S NOVEL played on several progrock festivals and in 2002 two songs from the band could be found on the compilation "Spring Rock Festival 2000". A year later KEN'S NOVEL released the CD "Unplugged?" and in 2002 the album "Domain of Oblivion" was released on a demo. Two years later the band put it on CD, again distributed by Musea. On this CD the band use a wide range of guest musicians (keyboards, bass, backing vocals, lead guitar, violins, cello). The most obvious influences are from STYX and KANSAS.

The music on the CD "Domain of Oblivion" sounds melodic, dynamic and varied with good solos on guitar and keyboards and strong interplay between these instruments. The propulsive parts with organ evokes KANSAS but in general the main reference is STYX, especially because of the vocals and the more polished parts of their music (AOR/poprock). Despite the running time of almost 77 minutes, the music didn't fail to generate excitement: lots of spectacular synthesizer flights, some sparkling piano ("Voices"), sensitive electric guitar with soaring keyboards, metallish guitar work and bombastic organ ("Wisdom Part 3") and a ballad with wah-wah guitar in the end ("Distinctive Signs"). The absolute highlight on this CD is the long title track (more than 16 minutes): fiery electric guitar and sumptuous keyboards, acoustic guitar and piano, a beautiful, bluesy guitar solo and then ... it's solo time featuring a jazzy piano, sensational synthesizer runs and a swirling organ, this band 'progrocks' during these instrumental fireworks. This is the best from Belgium I've heard since the legendary MACHIAVEL!

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3.15 | 15 ratings
The Guide
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged?
2001
3.66 | 34 ratings
Domain of Oblivion
2004

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 The Guide  by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.15 | 15 ratings

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The Guide
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars One of the true masterpieces of the Belgian progressive rock scene.

One of the most underestimated albums of the progressive rock scene, "The GUIDE" shows all the brilliance of this alas so little known Belgian band KEN'S NOVEL from the Walloon town of Verviers, which already brought forth great bands like NOW.

Everything on "The Guide" is perfectly chosen and carefully planned. The playing of all musicians is impeccable and the album keeps you captured right from the start to the very last bar of this progressive rock epic about the hero Ken. The too abrupt ending keeps you unsatisfied, because you still want more.

The band have a very characteristic sound of their own, showing nonetheless all ingredients required for a true progrock band, mixing it at some spots to some ethnic and electronic elements. The vocal qualities of lead singer and main man from the project, Patrick Muermans are unequalled. His fairly high pitched singing is ear catching and very rhythmic. The harmony vocal arrangements are all extremely well executed and all give an excellent interpretation of the story line. "Homeland" is a very fine example of these well-planned vocals. Only the more quiet passages show a bit a French accent.

All participating musicians supply the story with a more than perfect accompaniment and the instrumental passages highlight the musical qualities of all individual members. The music is interwoven to a perfect unity. Electronic programmed parts are flawless combined to solid drumming and both powerful and swinging bass playing. All guitar solos played by Eric Vanderbemden are melodically very strong. To me, an inveterate keyboard player, the programmed keyboard parts are never disturbing. The sounds are well chosen and add the last details to the instrumental arrangements.

"Power and Dignity", one of the most catching songs on the album starts of with some well-chosen ethnic interventions and shows again the band fusing other more rhythmic styles to progressive rock music. They certainly know to bring new elements to progrock.

Another good example is "Rumour of War" almost making me think of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, which also brings some well succeeded revamping to the so often conservative progressive rock scene.

If you take the time to truly discover this album, you will get to appreciate the music more and more. I think "The Guide" can easily compete with the best IQ. The playing and singing is certainly more convincing and technically of a higher level.

I can advise everyone who is not afraid to discover something different, to try some of the music of Ken's Novel. Starting "The Guide" would be a wise choice because I think it's their best succeeded and most complete effort.

It would be madness to award this album with less than five stars, so her they are: 5 stars !

Erik de Beer

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 Domain of Oblivion by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 34 ratings

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Domain of Oblivion
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Another concept album from Belgium's KEN'S NOVEL. I do think this one is an improvement over the debut I just don't find myself getting too excited about it unfortunately. Another long one coming in at 76 1/2 minutes. A boat-load of guests helping out on this one as well.

"Sadfield" opens with some atmosphere as piano then cello joins in. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes also join in. It kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes thankfully. Oh it's the vocalist that sounds like the singer from TILES, I forgot about that. A calm before 5 1/2 minutes with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. It kicks back in. "Crowd On Sail" opens with a good heavy sound but it settles right down when the vocals arrive a minute in. Contrasts continue. Some silliness to end it. "Empress Of The Frozen Sea" sounds like a ship in the sea to open. Guitar and drums come in then it settles when the vocals arrive. Contrasts continue. This one rocks pretty good at times. I can't help but think of TILES during those sections. Some nice guitar late. "Rejected" features some strange sounds and guitar. Vocals then cello come in.

"Voices" is a mid-paced tune with vocals. It's ok. "Widom Peak" is divided into three parts.The first section features some crying guitar after a minute. The second section is catchy with vocals, while the third part gets heavy before a minute with organ before settling down. "The Hallucinogenic Lake" opens with laid back guitar. Sounds great too. Reserved vocals and bass join in. It's fuller 2 minutes in but still laid back. It kicks in around 8 minutes. "Peaceful ?" is a short spoken word piece. "Domain Of Oblivion" is the 16 minute epic. It's atmospheric early then it kicks in with vocals. Relaxing guitar with organ 7 minutes in,piano follows. Great sound 10 minutes in. Not a fan of the mellow piano / vocals section after 11 minutes. It picks back up to that earlier uptempo sound. "Distinctive Signs" opens with synths as fragile vocals join in. Bass then drums follow as it slowly builds. Nice guitar solo after 2 1/2 minutes. It's an ok ending to this long album.

Good album but nothing more as far as i'm concerned.

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 The Guide  by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.15 | 15 ratings

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The Guide
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars KEN'S NOVEL are a Neo-Prog band from Belgium and "The Guide" is their debut released in 1999. This is a concept album and the focus is on the vocals and concept. Interesting that the singer to me sounds a lot like the TILES vocalist.

"The Guide" opens with waves, sea gulls, and a creaking boat.The music kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes. Vocals 2 minutes in and a full sound before 3 minutes. It settles some before 5 minutes and the tempo shifts often the rest of the way. "Guilty Witnesses" has this heavy beat that settles when the vocals arrive with synths. Contrasts continue. Nice guitar after 3 1/2 minutes,synths follow. "Homeland" features these melancholic synths that come and go. Reserved vocals take over with light drums and organ. It kicks in at 2 1/2 minutes. Nice. Love the passionate vocals and the heaviness 3 minutes in. "Power And Dignity" opens with percussion and other sounds. Synths and minor riffs follow with vocals. The tempo continues to change. Chunky bass 6 1/2 minutes in.

"Be Yourself Again" opens with nature sounds and percussion. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes as it kicks in. The tempo continues to change. "Thorny Present" is a short song of acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. "Rumour Of War" is ok, i'm not a fan of the vocals on the chorus though. "Shielded?" opens with piano and drums, bass and synths follow. The sound gets fuller as vocals arrive after 1 1/2 minutes. Guitar solo a minute later. A Spanish vibe follows then themes are repeated. "In Disgrace" is a short experimental track. "A Matter Of Pride" opens with piano as acoustic guitar and reserved vocals eventually join in. It gets fuller reminding me of TILES. Contrasts continue.

Barely 3 stars.

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 Domain of Oblivion by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 34 ratings

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Domain of Oblivion
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Having satisfied with the debut album, I kept searching the next release and found out this "Domain of Oblivion" is an excellent album and represents the band's positive progression. Not that the music is beautifully composed, the melody is most of them catchy.

A solid album with excellent melody

"Sadfield" (8:08) is a great opening track using excellent combination of violin and cello that accompanies vocal in dark mood at acoustic part. The music then blasts off in rockin' mood with hih energy in the vein of Genesis but with wild guitar work. From the opening track I can sense that the music is quite matured compared to debut album. The keyboard / organ work is reminiscent of ELP and it sounds really great. The music suddenly breaks and it reminds me to the kind of King Crimson. During the break there is an exploration of violin and cello followed nicely by guitar solo and vocal. From this part I can say that the song is really dynamic as it changes in style from start to end. The vocal part tries to emulate Peter Gabriel. This opening track is really great and it has all vintage components of prog but mellotron.

"Crowd on Sale" (10:07) enters wonderfully with symphonic prog rock in relatively fast tempo and high energy. At approx 0:52 the music breaks with the sound of keyboard accompanying vocal and the tempo slows down dramatically. This part moves in acoustic style even though drums accompany the music. AT approx 3:10 there is a sound of sitar and tabla that really enrich the textures of the music. I believe this is not typical neo progressive music as it has many improvisations. The interlude part is brilliant and beautifully composed.

"Empress of the Frozen Sea" (10:18) kicks off ambient with soft guitar riffs and stunning drum followed by music in symphonic style with inventive keyboard work. The music flows naturally in symphonic prog style augmented by nice violin work in the style of Kansas. The beauty thing about this track is the use of acoustic guitar fills plus brilliant interlude which explores guitar solo textured by vibraphone and dynamic basslines. Ohman .. I really love this part. And I really salute Ken's Novel for having composed this great song. There are great intertwined roles of violin, cello, guitar, keyboard and bass throughout the ending part of this track.

It's in the tradition of Ken's Novel on making short bridge like "Reject" (1:27) with an attractive composition. This time is just a repetitive guitar riffs, simple voice "Don't Reject Me" and at the end closed by violin / cello solo. It's a nice bridge. "Voices" (7:25) flows in mellow style with catchy melody of vocal line backed by wonderful acoustic guitar work.

"Wisdom Peak" is an epic with four parts where the opening part .a) The Magnifying Glass (2:47) contains stunning electric guitar solo backed by ambient long sustain keyboard work followed with piano. It's a nice opening. b) Mirror Man (3:53) comprises loop followed by howling guitar, and the music rhythm section reminds me to Genesis' "Follow You, Follow Me" in a darker style. The chorus part is more dynamic than Genesis and the interlude part featuring howling guitar work is excellent. c) Distorted Reflection (3:14) is a dynamic track with great pulsating keyboard solo.

"The Hallucinogenic Lake" (8:56) opens like a ballad with nice guitar work and powerful low register notes of vocal. The music flows in mellow style. The interlude part with guitar solo is stunning even though the song is quite long in duration. Fortunately there is an inventive style at approx 6:22 which enriches the texture of the song. The ending part is different in style than the previous segments at opening and it has high energy.

"Peaceful" (0:21) is basically an acapella to bridge the next epic title track "Domain of Oblivion" (16:06) which starts with keyboard work followed with a blast of music which features guitar solo augmented by pulsating keyboard work. The music styles of this epic varies from one segment to another with influences from Styx, Kansas, ELP, Marillion and Pallas. The beauty is of course enjoying the changes in styles throughout the epic. For those who have not been exposed to prog music this epic is probably quite hard to digest. But if get used to music like Yes' "Gates of Delirium" or Genesis' "Supper's Ready" this is not a tough task at all. "Distinctive Signs" (3:52) concludes the album with mellow style in catchy melody.

Overall, this album is better and much mature compared to the debut album. Fans of neo progressive rock will enjoy this album in its entirety. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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 The Guide  by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.15 | 15 ratings

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The Guide
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars I know Ken's Novel for the first time when its song "Homeland" was featured in a compilation CD Un Voyage en Progressif Volume 3 - VARIOUS ARTISTS (LABEL SAMPLERS) from Musea. From then on I tried to know better about the band because I think the music was nice. The line-up of the band is basically very standard neo progressive or symphonic prog bands with five personnel. Homeland was taken from their debut "The Guide" which seems to me like a concept album. In general, the music they play is similar with those from Arena, Pallas, IQ or Pendragon. So, if you love those bands, I belive you will love this as well. The music of Ken's Novel is standard in the structure and style but it has a distinctive aspect, i.e. the guitar is played heavier than typical neo prog bands which usually sound something like Hackett or Rothery.

Conceptually, this album might be quite pretentious in its packaging especially in the way they present the tracks (by chapter, like a novel, really). They open the chapter with a beautiful "The Guide" (9:02). The track starts off with a beach nuance where you can hear the sounds of the nature, like when you sit on the beach. Soft keyboard work enters nicely with the sound of people mumbling and narratives while the keyboard notes play a music like an eastern music. The music enters in neo prog vein driven by pulsating keyboard work and flat drumming work. The vocal line flows in melodic way backed with guitar and keyboard. The guitar riffs remark the change of the beat into more uplifting one with more guitar work. It's a nice music especially with relatively aggressive violin solo in the later part of the song. I am sure neo prog lovers will love this song.

"Guiltry Witnesses" (5:31) is much more uplifting since the opening part with inventive keyboard as well as guitar work. The guitar solo is stunning and it's mixed thinly. Drumwork is a bit annoying, actually, because there are not so many improvisations. There is part where duet vocals is performed with male & female voices followed by great keyboard solo. "Homeland" (8:16) turns the music down with lead vocal sings with strong accentuation while the guitar howls augmented by long sustain keyboards. It's a nice song with excellent violin work and guitar riffs. The guitar solo is stunning and the song contains some hike-ups which makes the music dynamic. I personally enjoy this song.

"Power And Dignity" (7:42) starts with a repetitive keyboard backed by percussion and people chanting in African style. The riff-based music enters nicely augmented by soaring keyboard and percussion when vocal enters. The keyboard solo is nice, really. "Be Yourself Again" (7:59) brings the music in nature again with the sounds of birds like in the jungle, followed by keyboard effects and programming and dynamic drumming (programmed) followed by a straight rocker when the vocal enters. In fact, this is a nice song with dynamic structure and styles. I salute the band on making a lot of variations throughout the song. This song sounds different compared to the others.

"Thorny Present" (1:09) is a very nice bridge using classical guitar and it reminds me to Genesis' "Horizon" only that this is with vocal. "Rumour Of War" (6:16) starts with keyboard effects followed by vocal and drums. The drum then flows dynamically augmented by guitar while keyboard consistently delivers its sound effects. The interlude is filled with guitar solo. "Shielded?" (4:58) explores piano and percussion in a bit of jazzy style. The guitar solo in the middle is backed by percussion and piano. "In Disgrace" (1:28) is a bridge which starts with guitar sound effects followed by vocals in dialogue while electric guitar plays beautifully at background in rocking mode. "A Matter Of Pride" (4:58) starts nicely with acoustic guitar and piano featuring vocal. It's an unplugged song with good sound.

Overall, this is a worth collecting debut album from Ken's Novel. It has good composition and performance with some catchy segments throughout the album. For neo prog lovers, this is probably a recommended album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Domain of Oblivion by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 34 ratings

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Domain of Oblivion
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars The band needed five years to release their second album. In between, there will be the release of a demo single in 2002 with two songs from this album (the title track as well as "Mirror Man", the middle part of "Wisdom Peak"), and an "Unplugged" EP with three traks from their first album.

"Domain Of Oblivion" is a concept album which story is fully depicted (in French) on their web-site : www.kensnovelonline.com (and not the link referenced on PA). Well, Iam glad that this has been corrected in the meantime (this is an edition made on December 31st, 2007).

It is a weird and very complex (and long) story. Our hero wants to change from life and migrate to a better one. A better land. He has heard of a place where the past would be erased, where you could start a new life again. It is called the domain of oblivion. It is located on the other side of the world. But he will find this place.

This is only the introduction of this excellent story. Full of fantasy, mystery, strange creatures, weird adventures etc. I guess only "The Lamb" holds more craziness.

Musically, this album is rather pleasant. Fully neo-prog, I should say. Again on the hard edge during some songs, "Arena"-like to situate the band. Still, several light and passionate moments are included in this album as well. The work of the vocalist is quite convincing. The whole band is really good, even if the keyboards take the main place.

Our hero will have to face lots of dangers, fears, humiliations. Almost each song is a lesson for the main character : hope ("Crowd on Sail"), disdain ("Empress of the Frozen Sea"), courage ("Voices"), wisdom ("Wisdom Peak"). This section divided in three parts is particularly interesting : both musically as well as on the storyboard side.

The "pièce de résistance" is of course the epic title track. Musicianship is very good, and it rocks solidly. It flirts with some heavy sounds (but this was a characteristic of their debut album as well). This song is very complex but the chorus is truely catchy. It could have been a bit shorter. This is also a critic for this album. Almost eighty minutes is too long to be interesting from start to finish.

This song will feature some great guitar work (one of the very few one of this album). and a beautiful finale. I really recommend you to visit their web-site and get the full story for this album (but you will need to be fluent in French to grab the essence of this crazy adventure).

Having to face several weird adventures like "The Hallucinogenic Lake" in which he almost died, our hero will reach the land of "milk and honey" (well, he won't really get this feeling...). Actually, when he will reach his goal (The Domain Of Oblivion), he will realize that it was not what he was expecting and he will decide to probably get back ... home !

It tells us of course that the grass is not always greener elsewhere. Another nice lesson.

I will rate it with four stars, which is a bit on the high end (actualy seven out of ten would be closer to - my - reality) but the story is so elaborate that three stars would be a bit too "short".

Again, give it a try while reading the storyboard to get the full picture.

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 Unplugged? by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Unplugged?
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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— First review of this album —
2 stars This "unplugged" EP features three songs from Ken's Novel's first album "The Guide".

I have never been really enthusiast about acoustic sets, really. This short one won't be an exception. Actually this one is available for free download from their web-site : www.kensnovelonline.com. Do use this link because the one referenced on PA won't lead you to the correct place.

Actually, two of the three tracks are available : "Guilty Witnesses" and "A Matter Of Pride".

The work of the lead vocalist is particularly good and this version sounds delicate and more passionate than the original.

"A Matter Of Pride" is recorded live. Lots of tambourine (reminds at time "Freedom" from Ritchie Havens at Woodstock). This version has nothing to do with the studio album (which was better). It is the occasion to find out that their lead singer is pretty much at ease on stage.

This EP is anecdotal and almost only available partially on their site (which is how I discovered it). Two stars.

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 The Guide  by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
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The Guide
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars If you like the hard neo-prog style ("Arena" oriented), this album might well be for you.

The opening number is truely exciting : very strong rhythm, good vocals and lush keyboards. It is a powerful number which should please all the fans of this genre. The highlight of this album. Being a Belgian band, it seems that the singer wants, here and there, to sound as Mario Guccio (from Machiavel). This is obvious during "Guilty Witnesses", an average funky song.

Ken's Novel will bring us back in the heavy sounds during "Homeland". Fortunately, some nice and melodic keys and guitar breaks will smoothe this orientation a bit. The track is very-well balanced but you have to be able to digest these hard moments, otherwise you might well be knocked down or just quit this album after this track.

Some sorts of world music intro for "Power and Dignity". But this song is more pop-oriented; pleasant riff and good chorus are the ingredients here. Maybe a bit too long. With the next track "Be Yourself Again" It seems that "Ken's Novel" does not not really know which direction to choose from : hard or prog ?

So they will again mix both. Even adding some Oriental flavours to it (but it was already the case on previous numbers). Again, the chorus moments are pretty much OK. The finale is totally world music oriented. It is really a strange mix. Catchy at times but noisy and pointless during others. Quite difficult to find a guideline in here.

To confirm this, the next short song is almost pastoral. It is good to help the listener to breathe a bit and it contrasts drammatically with the other songs featured on this album so far. Needless to say that we will be submerged again with the hard mood during "Rumour of War". It reminds me at times the "tribal" rock sound from "Adam & The Ants" (no, I'm not joking. Just listen to the percussions). But while "Adam" was funny and fresh, this song isn't. Inspiration is lacking and at this point, the album sounds too uniform.

Strong percussions again (which is another trade mark for "Ken's Novel") during "Shielded". Another pleasant number, featuring again nice vocals and a solid guitar break. It's probably the best number since "The Guide". Your ears will again be bombarbed again during "In disgrace". Hopefully, only for ninety seconds completely ... disgraceful. The poorest moment.

This album is not bad but nor is it good enough to deserve more than a two star rating. I have listened to it lots of time and I never was charmed in its totality. Some good numbers (three) and a monotonuous tone almost all the way through (even if the closing number breaks again with this sensation but it is just an average ballad).

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 Domain of Oblivion by KEN'S NOVEL album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 34 ratings

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Domain of Oblivion
Ken's Novel Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Ken's Novel is a 5-piece band from Belgium featuring Patrick Muermans (lead - and backing vocals, drums and keyboard programming), Eric Vanderbemden (electric - and acoustic guitars), Bruno Close (keyboards), Geoffrey Leontiev (drums, percussions, drums programming) and Sebastièn Mentior. In '99 they released their first album "The guide", this one was boosted by a positive review from the magazine Prog Resiste and a distribution deal from the known French progrock label Musea Records. Ken's novel played on several progrock festivals and in 2002 two songs from the band could be found on the compilation "Spring rock festival 2000". A year later Ken's Novel released the CD "Unplugged?" and in 2002 the album "Domain of oblivion" was released on a demo. Two years later the band put it on CD, again distributed by Musea. On this CD the band use a wide range of guest musicians (keyboards, bass, backing vocals, lead guitar, violins, cello).

The music on the CD "Domain of oblivion" sounds melodic, dynamic and varied with good solos on guitar and keyboards and strong interplay between these instruments. The propulsive parts with organ evokes KANSAS but in general the main reference is STYX, especially because of the vocals and the more polished parts of their music (AOR/poprock). Despite the running time of almost 77 minutes, the music didn't fail to generate excitement: lots of spectacular synthesizer flights, some sparkling piano ("Voices"), sensitive electric guitar with soaring keyboards, metallish guitarwork and bombastic organ ("Wisdom part 3") and a ballad with wah- wah guitar in the end ("Distinctive signs"). The absolute highlight on this CD is the long titletrack (more than 16 minutes): fiery electric guitar and sumptuous keyboards, acoustic guitar and piano, a beautiful, bluesy guitarsolo and then ... it's solo time featuring a jazzy piano, sensational synthesizer runs and a swirling organ, this band 'progrocks' during these instrumental fireworks.

This is the best from Belgium I've heard since the legendary Machiavel!



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