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Hailing from Sittard, in the Netherlands, LEMUR VOICE were formed in 1993, by Marcel COENEN (guitar), who had also headed a Joe Satriani cover band and later won the 'Best Dutch Rock Guitarist' contest in 1998. He was joined by Barend TROMP (bass), Gregoor van der LOO (vocals), Franck FABER (keyboards), and Nathan van DE WOUW (drums), to form a melodic neo-progressive metal quintet which would be free of line up changed for their seven year duration. Initially starting out life as AURA, the band released a 5 track, 38 minute demo under the title "And the Question is. ", which failed to find a distributor, however all of these tracks, after some re-working were to later see the light of day on their debut album "Insights" (1996) after the band had agreed to change their name, to LEMUR VOICE.

Produced by Oscar HOLLEMAN (Vengeance), "Insights" was issued on the then prestigious 'Magna Carta' label, after the band became the first non-American act to be signed to them. Three years of writing and fine tuning had honed an intelligently arranged, keyboard driven, progressive release which at times, bordered on being both symphonic and jazz-infused, showcasing complex rhythms and changing time signatures, overlaid with van der LOO's high registered, 'STING'-like vocals.

The years between albums saw the band garnering a growing reputation on the European concert and festival circuit, ultimately providing the support slot for DIO and Yngwie MALMSTEEN, as well as headlining gigs throughout Benelux. This raised profile led to the band signing to Telstar-Sky Records in 1998, prior to the release of their follow up, "Divided" (1999). The album, which proved to be a more diverse and expansive offering than the debut, employed Dewy KERSTEN (cello) and Patrick ZELISSEN (saxophone) on the title track, arguably one of the highlights of a release which saw the band evolve into a more cohesive unit. "Divided" saw the band move a little further from the shadows of those who had influenced them, finding their own voice on a more assured and compositionally eclectic release, underscored by van der LOO's vocals, which had become more varied and emotionally expressive, with experience.

Sadly however, this proved to be another case of 'what if?' as the album, produced by Ron LIEBERTON (ex-ZINATRA), was to prove LEMUR VOICE'S swan song. Less than a year later, while drafting material for a third studio release, the band decided to part company amicably over 'ir...
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3.42 | 32 ratings
Insights
1996
3.88 | 21 ratings
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1999

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 Divided by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.88 | 21 ratings

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Divided
Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by AgostinoScafidi

4 stars Four stars or five stars? I didn't want to jump the gun on this one too soon even though at one listen and a half I knew that Divided would be one to grow on. In a good way though of course.

I think you'll be convinced by the third song, All To Me. If you don't dig everything this band has to offer after hearing that song, then you probably won't like this album. As far as progressive metal goes, the style is quite within the norms and generally familiar spectrum of the genre.

I'll keep this review short, if you're a fan of Andromeda or Eumeria then you'll be able to walk into Lemur Voice's world and feel right at home. This record is a special one and deserves a listen!

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 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.42 | 32 ratings

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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
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3 stars By mid 90's the progressive metal scene was becoming larger and larger, a new prog sound was on its way.LEMUR VOICE were another band that tried to earn some fame and space in the prog metal map.In 1996 the band from the Netherlands managed to released their debut album entitled ''Insights''.

Actually this is a really strong debut.It wouldn't be an excess if I called them a DREAM THEATER clone.But the musicianship is very decent,the atmosphere of the album is really in prog fields and the songs are well arranged.Unfortunately,lacking in originality,the band plays in a similar style like DREAM THEATER as we know them through albums like ''Awake'' or ''Images and words''.A more personal style would raise the musical price of this album really high.I also recognize some influences from Dutch fellows ELEGY in the power metal moments of the band.The epic track of this work ''Alone'' contains also hints from SIEGES EVEN or SOUL CAGES in the atmospheric breaks,nice addition.The vocals of Gregoor Van Der Loo are also decent without being something spectacular.

Don't expect something grounbreaking or oringinal by buying this album.However the musicianship is excellent and searching for this CD worths the cost.If you are looking for progressive metal of the DREAM THEATER school of prog,this one fits well in your desires.Recommended!

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 Divided by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.88 | 21 ratings

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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by The T
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3 stars It's a bit of an irony that, what ultimately killed the lemur was its voice.

I really don't know the reason behind the Dutch band's disappearance from the music world. But if the reason has anything to do with the band never getting a good record deal or never becoming famous at least within the progressive-metal community, I think the mediocre vocals of its singer have a lot to do with it.

The worst thing about the demise of LEMUR VOICE is that, actually, they were starting to become a truly competent and original prog-metal band. Here we had a group of musicians of the highest talent. An excellent drummer who was also the main lyrics writer for the outfit; a very skilled guitarist who was showing signs of extreme originality, with very unique riffs and ideas; a skilled bassist who played very interesting bass lines; a talented keyboardist who matched the abilities of the rest of the band. All of them were outstanding musicians, and that fact was starting to finally show in "Divided."

"Insights", the band's previous album, was interesting musically but failed to impress this listener with its lack of memorable songs and originality. LEMUR VOICE was very close to a DREAM THEATER clone in that record. But in "Divided", we can hear much more original music. While the influences are still there, there is a new, fresh sound that permeates the disc, with grunge and 70's-hard-rock overtones that add to the experience. The solos are better, the riffs and licks are way better. The songs have more interesting structures and everything seems to start to fall into place. The band manages to create songs that, though not immediately accessible, are much more memorable than some of the bland tracks in their debut. Just take a look at the excellent title-track or the very good "New Yanini" and you'll hear hints of greatness. The band even manages to pull out a decent (if a little awkward, especially in the jazz-styled chorus) Michael Jackson cover! (Admittedly, of one of the pop legend's best songs, Beat It).

But lemurs can't sing. At least in nature they usually can't. And nowhere can one find better evidence to support that statement than in this album. If in "Insights" the vocals were slightly annoying, here in "Divided" they border on the atrocious. Of course, there is a reason: in the debut, the music was weak, therefore the vocals were just another weak element; but here, with much better sounds, the awful vocals fall so far behind the music in terms of quality that the contrast is too high and the image gets much more distorted. Van Der Loo's voice is too high, but that's not the biggest problem. It's too energy- less, too dead. It would seem that the singer was really bored recording this album because he really appears to be singing with absolute no conviction, no strength, no desire to reach anything but the moment when he could walk out of the studio.

And that's what kills this album in the end. The rating would have been higher if the vocals matched the quality of the music (I would go so far as to say that with an excellent singer this record could've gotten a 5 from me). But with what we have, "Divided" is just a tad above its predecessor, and it gets a 3.

This band doesn't exist anymore. And when one hears the vocalist singing, one stops wondering why...

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 Divided by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.88 | 21 ratings

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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by progrules
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4 stars Dutch metal band Lemur Voice is one of the few with a progressive nature. At least I wanted to check out one of their releases as true Dutch progger and of course fan of progressive metal in general. I picked out this one because it contained quite a lot of tracks, a few really long too. One of the significant features of Lemur Voice is the guy responsible for the "Lemur Voices" as they put it in the booklet: Gregoor van der Loo. A man with a striking voice, quite high in fact and I wonder if he would be in place in the heavy metal scene as a vocalist. Probably a useless question because he and his band are in the progressive metal world and that's simply not the same. The style of playing is metal-like but not of the toughest sort. When they play rough occasionally it's not for an entire song, just a part of it. It produces a differentiated image for this band and in fact I like that. This aspect comes to full expression in their almost funny cover of Beat it (Michael Jackson). When I realized they were really covering this song I could hardly believe it. On itself I'm not a fan of covers and neither of Michael Jackson but I must admit they did a very nice job here, giving the song a whole new appearance. In the second half of the song they even play it jazzy and it sounds very much ok too. Can you believe it ? But of course it's not the very highlight of the album, that wouldn't be a good sign.

Best tracks to me are Childhood facade and When the cradle cries both really well executed. Besides the last track there are no poor or even moderate songs on this album. So that's a big plus and leaves us with over 70 minutes of enjoyment listening to this album. This conclusion is good enough for 4 stars I believe.

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 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.42 | 32 ratings

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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by The T
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2 stars I've read the same comment so many times when it comes to speak about various prog- metal bands: "oh, this band is just a Dream Theater clone", "another one of the endless herd of DT clones", and as much as I tried, I never could find that one album that truly made me believe the same experiment that generated Dolly the Sheep was repeated with the New York band.

That is, of course, until I heard the voice of a lemur, disguised as a prog-metal band.

I have a serious problem with Lemur Voice: it sounds too much like DT, like AWAKE-era DT, to be precise. The cloning accusations really are on target this time, and I've begun some research to find out how someone got ahold of DT's ADN and used it to create this group.

The band Lemur Voice is no more, it has ceased to exist long ago. So there would be no point in me worrying about future releases. But, in case you're interested in buying this cd, I'll say a few words about the music.

This is really a copy/paste exercise. The musicians are very capable, and can surely play their instruments with skill and virtuosity. The problem is that the music itself is not that interesting. As I said before, it's very much reminiscent of AWAKE, but without the inspiration, the melodies, the energy, and, less than everything, without the originality of that legendary release. Even though the songs aren't that bad, there's nothing new to listen to here. It also lacks punch; it's like the musicians are playing trying to emulate their favorite band but without even leaving his heart on the floor for that, without breaking a sweat, they seem like they were playing by inertia. And the singer? Well, he's just not good. His voice sounds like if Fates Warning's Ray Alder had suddenly lost 10 years and also 10 pints of blood, as the delivery is bland, monotonous, bleak, lineal. Completely fuel-less.

About the songs, all sound about the same. The first track is the better one with vocals, and for sure the second one (the instrumental "Akasha Chronicles") is the best in the album. Actually, if they had recorded a purely instrumental album with more tracks like that one, it would have been a pleasant experience and worthy of maybe 3 or 4 stars. But, as it is, this tracks barely saves the album from 1 star status.

If you want prog-metal that has a little of Dream Theater but also a lot of originallity, try Redemption, try Vanden Plas.

Stay away from the Lemur.

Recommended for: Ultra-hardcore fans of DT that want ALL of their music to sound almost exactly like DT. Fans of prog-metal that don't mind the lack of originality.

Not recommended for: Those looking for a novel prog-metal experience; those looking for an entertaining album; but most of all...

...fans of DT. You should know there's only one DT. As there should be only ONE of each great band.

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 Divided by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.88 | 21 ratings

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Divided
Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars From the beginning i might say this is among the best prog metal albums. It's a shame is the last one for Lemur Voice, but with Divided they are here to stay forever in prog metal history. Very high technical skills, they know how to use the instruments, and the result is a 4 star album for me. The forte tracks are Solilocide and Universal roots. Similar bands, Shadow Gallery, Empty Tremor. Highly recommended for prog metal fans.

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 Divided by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars With this sophomore album, sadly their last one, Dutch band Lemur Voice delivered their ultimate testimony for the world of prog metal. "Divided" reveals an enhanced power and an increased sophistication in comparison to their also excellent debut "Insights". It is clear that the four instrumentalists have achieved a tighter cohessiveness regarding the usual display of energy demanded by prog metal standards. It is also noticeable how well has the rhythm duo matured as a server of foundation for the other musicians: their augmented swing and groove (some of it provided by the stick instead of the bass) definitely help the guitar riffs and solos to shine in a special light, and the same goes for the keyboard textures, adronments and phrases polishedly delivered by Franck Faber. Lead vocalist Gregoor van der Loo has also shown improvement, mastering perfectly the various moods that the lyrics and melodies demand in unison with the musical motifs. Eerie cosmic synth layers and Arabic chanting serve the intro of 'Solilocide' before the whole band erupts wildly and fiercely. This amazing opener is followed by the even rougher 'Universal Roots', which somewhat follows in the footsteps of "Awake"-era Dream Theater but with no cloning. 'All of Me' brings more of the same, albeit bearing a more patent melodic vibe. 'Childhood facade' is the longest track in the album, one of the hghlights indeed. It comprises complex structures, fluid mood shifts and well-ordained tempo changes. The melancholy sections of this track portray a genuine reflective spirit, with van der Loo going really emotional for it. 'Lethe's Bow' is the other very long track, equalling 'Childhood Facade' in terms of power and complexity, yet focusing more on strength and less on melody. Van de Wouw and Tromp shine with a special luminiscence here, creating a solid nucleus for the overall track's electrifying majesty. This is another peak, and so is the title track, as well. The 'Divided' song incarnates better than other tracks the aura of enhanced sophistication that I mentioned earlier in this review. The inclusion of strong jazz-rock flavors in this track makes the band lean somewhat closer to a version of Gordian Knot- meets-classic Fates Warning. 'Parvedian Trust' is yet another metallic gem, this time with an added touch of industrial-inspired adornments: it's 5 minute long and its concise genius makes me wish it had been longer. 'When the Cradle Lies' is a stylish semi-ballad that may remind the listener of Vanden Plas to a ceratin degree. The instrumental 'New Yanini' (Van der Loo makes some humming in places) finds the band exploring their melodic side deeper, in a context more proper of ethnic-pop rock than prog metal. It surely adds variaety to the album, also giving room to Faber to expand on his clever use of textures and ambiences. You can see a 'Beat It' in the tracklist: yes, it is a cover of that Michale Jackson hit. It's nice and fun, combining poppish hard rock (in the pars more faithful to the original) and jazz in a playful manner. The closer is a Tromp solo on stick, 'Sticks in Space', which takes us mentally to the Tony Levin thing. It's a very captivating number, but it would have served better as an interlude in the middle of the album's repertoire than as a closure, really, but all in all, it is a very nice number. General conclusion: Lemur Voice said farewell with absolute dignity with this excellent opus "Divided" - a valuable item for any good prog metal collection.

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 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.42 | 32 ratings

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Insights
Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by Xeroth

3 stars A good album and a great listen. Lemur Voice is a band with a talent, and what they lack in emotion and power they replace with talent and complexity. The music is good but not great, and does have its moment to make it a great album that's pretty good. They have some great songs such as Intuition, Alaskan Chronicles, More of Nothing, Celestrial Haze. It's a curious listen and enjoyable in some places. It's a good addition to your collection, but not really essential. Give a listen if you want to, but it's something I don't obsess over.

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 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by Thieving Magpie

5 stars I will go to such lengths and say that this band, especially this album, even outclasses DT. While you could certainly argue about the musicians abillities and the complexity of their arrangements, you can't look past the fact that Lemur Voice manages to create an unique atmosphere that is existent throughout the whole album. It's kind of an melodramatic key note which probably originates from the vocalist's sousing voice.

Let alone the opener "Intuition", even though it's only instrumental, should give you a good impression on what these musicians are capable of. And at the latest by hearing the guitar solo in the opening of the song "Prime Of Passion" you should be absolutely blown away.

I could go on and on and tell you about the ultimate precision the band members use their instruments or the variety of the compositions they created, but you have to listen to this for yourself in order to believe that this album is truly oustanding.

Although this is my first review here, I will label this album a masterpiece of progressive music since I really believe it is.

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 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.42 | 32 ratings

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Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by Szöke Jenö

4 stars Well, well how time flies!! I remember I got to hear this band 10 years ago, shortly after they released their debut album.And since Dream Theater already counted as a favourite band of mine I could not overhear Lemur Voice. Well actually I could have, if a local radio station's weekly rock show would not have broadcasted it. The song Intuition got met instantly, and it still is my favourite track from this album. I remember I had no other choice then to get in contact with the guy who was running this show to get the album. And I did get it, on a casette, with not a very good sound, but i got it. It was only years later when I got the real thing. But the lack of a perfect sound did not stop me to listen to this album over and over again. I was amazed both by the vocalist and the instrumentation. It is a varied album, which allows you no boring minutes and does not have unnecesary long parts, which is the case with some progressive acts. It was just the kinda metal I liked and even though they did not manage to outclass this performance with the next record ( their last so far) they still are always a welcomed act in my cd-player. If you have not heard it yet, give it a try...

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