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This neo-prog band made up of both French and English musicians started off as a foursome in 1995, in a little French town called Chedde in the Haute-Savoie region. Over the years, the band went through various line-ups and set-ups, even breaking up completely at one point. Two of its original members, however, stuck together through it all, namely keyboard player/lead vocalist Yleah White and guitarist/bassist Alec Hudson. After years of hard work, and with the kind help of French drummer Xavier Richard who came from Bordeaux especially for the occasion, they recorded a first album in 2001 titled "Fresq".

"Fresq" is a concept album about a rejected alien who, through cryogenics, decides to remain frozen in a cave for thousands of years while humankind self-destructs. That is, until a female survivor eventually finds him, wakes him up and gives him a new reason to live: helping mankind rebuild a better world. Musically, it is White's vocals and sweeping keyboards alongwith Hudson's lead guitar that are most noticeable. White's powerful and wide-ranging vocals recall those of Isabelle Plante (TRANSCENDENCE) and Tracy Hitchings (LANDMARQ); as for Hudson, his fluid and soaring style lies somewhere between Steve Howe's and Nick Barrett's, his bass playing taking more of a back seat as does Xavier Richard's percussion. There is nothing very complex or experimental about this music, its strength lying in the dynamic compositions, the highly melodious and appropriately bombastic arrangements (particularly White's synth) and the album's overall consistency. A fine piece of neo prog and a promising debut.

Recommended to fans of MAGENTA, JANISON EDGE and ELOY.

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Mysterkah Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Mysterkah is a neo prog band with symphonic touches formed in 1995 in a little town Chedde in FRance. They release so far in 2002 a single album named Fresq. The music is quite complex in arrangements for an usual neo prog band, but Mysterkah manage to come with a superb release, very underrated in my opinion. The cherry on the cake is the female, natural born norwegian singer Yleah White, who's range is very good for this aproach of music, very warm and beautiful vocal parts, but aswell she made all the keyboards arrangements from here, showing that is a virtouso keyboard player. Very good are the parts when the keys interluded with the guitar, superb musicianship and intristing vocals arrangements that bring in front her very versatile voice. The album has some wonderful instrumental section that shine with great guitar and keyboard work. A good neo prog album IMO, that stands apart from the aglomeration of neo band from that period or present, very symphonic in parts and very good all the way. Is sad that they release so far only this album, was a very promissing debute who turns to be they swan song. All pieces are great with a plus on Cryosis, all are long, well developed, with superb musicianship and with a touch of concept album, a story about the end of the world. So a 4 star album to me, quite unnoticed band and album and is a damn shame because is one of the mst pleasent experiences I've tried from neo prog zone latley. Recommended.

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