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M└LLEUS is an Italian composer whose symphonic, almost bombastic style recalls latter-day VANGELIS. He owns his own label, Studi MÓlleus which, according to his website, specializes in "psycho-music. intended as a type of music capable of crossing mental barriers to enter within the Ego". Indeed, the theme of his album "Paranorm - Opera Totale" is about the light and darkness of the universe found inside each one of us. Many people took part to varying degrees in the making of the album, from theatrical groups to individual musicians, orchestras, choirs as well as research groups involved in psychoanalysis, parapsychology and various esoterical research.

A highly ambitious concept album composed over a 15-year period, "Paranorm - Opera Totale" is made up of a single 47-minute epic, a musical voyage that is both dark and uplifting, sacred and profane, mysterious and melancoly. It is highly orchestrated with sweeping keyboards, operatic voices, choirs, and dramatic haunting melodies, not unlike VANGELIS's albums "Mythodea" or "El Greco".

Particularly recommended to fans of modern VANGELIS as well as to fans of CODA and QUASAR LUX WYMPONIAE.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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3.82 | 8 ratings
Paranorm - Opera Totale
1996

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Review by Renkls

4 stars A rather beautiful orchestral suite, no lyrics, just ebbs and flows like an opera accompanied by female voices and a spiritual feeling. Quite an obscurity on here, and I suppose it's not to everyone's tastes, as the prog rock side of the album takes a while to develop, initially from simple nature sounds then through bursts of dissonance laced drums, church bells, cries, chants, trickling water, etc. It's a very varied piece. Didn't set my world on fire the first time, but with some patience, I really have come to enjoy this album a lot.

Also, as a 47 minute epic, you could do a lot worse.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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