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MIRIODOR are one of the finest Canadian experimental progressives. A strong influence of the first Canterbury bands (EGG, GILGAMESH, UNIVERS ZERO's influence) is noticeable, as in the experience of the MUFFINS. They perform themes based on breaks and harmonic audacities with a technical facility and a lot of ideas that should please all the fans of a pioneering Progressive. There is plenty of good sax playing which contributes to that jazzy improvised sound attributed to the Canterburries.

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4.13 | 41 ratings
Rencontres
1986
3.36 | 38 ratings
Miriodor
1986
3.96 | 29 ratings
3rd Warning (3è Avertissement)
1991
3.97 | 51 ratings
Jongleries Elastiques
1995
3.88 | 42 ratings
Mekano
2001
3.94 | 57 ratings
Parade
2005
4.08 | 89 ratings
Avanti!
2009
3.65 | 56 ratings
Cobra Fakir
2013

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3.98 | 5 ratings
Live 89
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Tot Ou Tard
1987

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 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.65 | 56 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 styars really!!

Yet another line-up change for Miriodor, who reverts (temporarily) to a trio format, but in the studio, it makes little difference as all three members play many different instruments, this time including turntables, though you won't be hearing any hip-hop. However the album's title is somewhat misleading as it could induce one into thinking that the band explored the Asian subcontinent's music. Alas! If there are some Indian music elements, they're probably integrated too subtly for my not-so- inexperienced ears, but AFAIAC, I heard none in this album. Actually, we're heading in the opposite direction from what their previous album, Avanti had led us. Can we talk of a step backwards? Of course not, we are on more familiar grounds than Avanti had us, and one can only regret it.

If the first few numbers hover around the usual Miriodor sonics ("yet again", one could almost say), things are gradually changing with the help of the turntable effects and the overall soundscapes and moods are getting heavier and moodier. By the half of the album, you'll think a few times of Crimson, but it gets even deeper, in a "UZ crossed with Pink-era Tangerine Dream" sense but with that typical Miriodor touch. And what to say of the album's closing piece, which is simply stupendous, almost having you beg for more of the same; while at the album's early stages, you were despairing for something new. While I definitely prefer their previous Avanti, Cobra is certainly one of their better one, but mainly so because of its second half.

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 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.65 | 56 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Miriodor formed in 1980 in Québec City, and have been through some different band formats since then, but are currently a trio comprising founding musicians Pascal Globensky (keyboards, synths, piano) and Rémi Leclerc (drums, percussion, keyboards, turntable) along with longtime member Bernard Falaise (guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, turntable). Miriodor have long been members of the international RIO movement, but what I find amazing is just how immediate this music is, although it is complex in the extreme and some would find it incredibly challenging. To my ears it is a staccato world where not only am I welcome, but it is somewhere that I want to stay as long as I can.

They have definitely given this album the right title, as a cobra fakir is a snake charmer, who uses carefully concocted melodies to put the mighty reptile into a trance from which there is no escape. That is the same here, as once this hits the player nothing else exists. Imagine Gentle Giant and King Crimson combined at their most eclectic and not allowed out of the studio until they have come up with something that is breathtakingly brilliant, and you may be close to what this is all about. There is no doubt in my ears that this is one of the most important albums ever to come from the wonderful Cuneiform stable and here is something for everyone into RIO, prog, avant music, jazz and/or they have an open mind as to where music can take them. In many ways hard to describe, and definitely hard to ignore, this is a compelling piece of work.

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 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.65 | 56 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Suedevanshoe

4 stars Miriodor continues its trend as the most accessible and inventive avant prog out there. Twitches, buzzes, dives, and lurches wind their way through musical muck that somehow makes sense and fits together as a coherent whole. As with their excellent previous record, Avanti!, some songs are stretched the the seven, eight, and nine minute marks, interspersed with some shorter sonic explorations.

In terms of highlights, I truly like the acoustic opener, obviously owing a debt to Bernard Falaise and his work with the Conventum reunion in 2012. This is not the only acoustic song on the disc, and this band keeps plugging away paving new terrain in the progressive world. I truly believe this group is the Can of its generation, decades and decades ahead of their time.

Miriodor is a sorely underexposed group, Cobra Fakir is a thrilling listen and fits very nicely in Miriodor's top notch catalog. If you haven't already, check out their previous albums from the 2000's. Fans of Univers Zero and the RIO movement will find lots to like here, and adventurous listeners will be rewarded handsomely.

Miriodor is recommended to jazz fans as well. This record could easy pass for jazz if Medeski Martin and Wood were creative enough to sound like Miriodor.

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 Miriodor by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.36 | 38 ratings

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Miriodor
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars By the end of 1984 Miriodor, now reduced to a quartet without Denis Robitaille and Marc Petitclerc, left Quebec and moved to Montreal.They released a casette entitled ''Tot ou tard'', recorded in the fall of 1986, after which Francois Emond also quit.The now compressed trio of Pascal Globensky, Remi Leclerc and Sabin Hudon decided to move on, trying to take advantage of the modern technology and signing a contract with Cuneiform Records, finally recording a new album in January 1988 in Montreal.This was released the same year, simply entitled ''Miriodor'', propably to mark the new beginning of the shortened line-up.

While the debut of the band was close to a masterpiece, ''Miriodor'' seems to reflect the trio's hard times during the mid-80's, having lost a bit of the inspiration, still producing highly challenging and sometimes entertaining music.The abscence of additional musicians and the heavy use of modern technologies have made their sound quite cold and mechanical, while the album lacks the interesting melodic parts of ''Rencontres''.On the other hand the arrangements remain demanding with impressive, serious musical ideas, ranging from Lounge Jazz to complex R.I.O, full of dominant sax attacks and careful synth and piano parts.These allow the trio to scan the territory from dramatic and bombastic jazzy Progressive Rock to ethereal and minimalistic soundscapes with tons of changing moods.There are plenty of intersting orchestral parts, combined with sax- and violin-driven Avant-Prog climates, offering adventurous material all the way.

Some years later the album was reissued in CD format, containing also the tracks of the ''Tot ou tard'' cassette, more or less following the vein of the main album's component.I miss the masterful moments of Miriodor's debut, but this is still a very good album of cinamatic, orchestral and complex Progressive Rock.Recommended.

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 Live 89 by MIRIODOR album cover Live, 2009
3.98 | 5 ratings

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Live 89
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. Yeah this is a keeper folks. This was recorded at various venues in 1989 but there is no crowd noise on this album so you wouldn't even know it was live. Five of the tracks come from the second self titled record and two from the forthcoming (at the time) "3rd Warning" recording while five have never been released on any of their studio albums. It's interesting listening to this after just reviewing the two studio albums that most of these tracks came off of. They are a trio at this point yet this sounds fuller and it certainly boasts more variety and power than those two studio albums.

"Dememnted Horse" has a cool intro with intricate sounds as the sax comes and goes. It turns into a steady rhythm then settles beck after 3 minutes with percussion. It kicks back in a minute later. "Trap" has relaxed piano and sax then it picks up. I like this. Dissonant sax before 3 minutes. "Procession" has such a good and uplifting sound to it. The sax is prominant then it turns intense 3 1/2 minutes in. "Premonitory Insomnia" calms down 1 1/2 minutes in as the piano and sax leads. It starts to build 3 1/2 minutes in. Nice. It does settle back and become repetitive later. "Tic-Toc" has an interesting soundscape that builds. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks in again. Oh yeah ! "Regards" feastures piano and sax and it's fuller before 2 minutes. Chaotic after 3 minutes. The atmosphere is cool 4 1/2 minutes in as the drums come and go and the sax cries out. It picks up before 6 minutes.

"Network" opens with some nice drum work followed by a calm and sax. This is complex and intricate then we get another calm before it picks up again. "A Milkman's Adventure" opens with nature sounds that continue as spoken words join in. "Suspicion" has lots of sax and drums. I like it ! Piano 4 1/2 minutes in as it settles and nature sounds come in as it blends into "Transmission". The tension starts to build here and it's chaotic and dissonant after 3 minutes to the end. Cool ! "Glimpse" has some interesting sounds in it while the closing track "Breathless" has some crazy sax throughout with a dark atmosphere late.

This is a must for MIRIODOR fans.

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 Mekano by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.88 | 42 ratings

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Mekano
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars What an amazing band ! I consider six of their seven studio albums as being essential and this certainly is included in that. They are a four piece with guests helping out on trumpet, sax and violin. Some good variety on this one as well.

"La Celebre Boucie" is a short silly track to get us warmed up then "Le Regne Des Termites" kicks in right away but settles before a minute. We get an uplifting sound after 1 1/2 minutes then it's heavy before 2 1/2 minutes as some ripping guitar joins in. Nice. "Le Sorcier" is the MIRIODOR I know and love. Intricate, complex and humorous. Intense 1 1/2 minutes in. A calm a minute later then some silliness follows. It kicks in before 4 minutes then we get a calm late that sounds pretty cool. "Mine De Rien" features violin and a full sound early. A bit of a GENTLE GIANT vibe here. That changes as it turns darker. The violin is back as it picks up. "Mille-Pattes" is a short piece with vocal expressions then it kicks in hard. Great sound ! "Toutes Proportions Gardees" is classic MIRIODOR folks. A heavy rhythm after 2 1/2 minutes. The tempo picks up late with piano to end it. "IGA" is short with a repetitive melody. "Mangeur De Masters" has a heavy KING CRIMSON-like intro then it settles down but the contrasts continue.

"Le Roi Soldat" has a mellow acoustic intro that builds. "Pas A Ce Que Je Sacha, Sacha" kicks in around 30 seconds then we get a haunting calm a minute later. It starts to pick up halfway through until it's heavy before 4 minutes. "Singularite" has an eerie intro then drums and chunky bass join in. Violin too then it settles back before 4 minutes. "L'inevitable" is fairly light and intricate until after 2 minutes. Great sound. It kicks in more before 4 minutes. "Avatar" has outbreaks of heaviness after 3 minutes and it's dark late to end it. "Le Fantome De M.C. Escher" is my favourite. It becomes uptempo but the tempo shifts often. Spacey synths with percussion and bass lead. A spacey calm follows. It kicks in at 4 minutes. Nice. "La Polka Des Spheres" is the short concluding track with a fun rhythm.

A very good record and one that every fan of challenging and adventerous music should own.

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 3rd Warning (3è Avertissement) by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.96 | 29 ratings

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3rd Warning (3è Avertissement)
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars MIRIODOR have dropped from a four piece to a trio on this album. The violinist is gone yet this is still in a similar style to their previous self titled record. It's maybe not quite as samey as that one and thankfully it's about 30 minutes shorter too. So we get drums, sax and piano while each member doubles up on synths.

"Trans-Siberian" is a top three and it sounds great once it gets going. So much going on. It's darker 2 minutes in. Love this. Then it changes back to the previous soundscape. "Lizard's Language" is a short piece with prominant sax and a collage of sounds. "Attention !" opens with samples of spoken words then sax and a slow beat take over. "Jerusalem" is a top three track for me. I just really like the sound of the sax, piano and drums on this one. "Procession" is another sax driven tune. Piano and drums lead 2 minutes in though but the sax returns quickly. "Vision" is haunting at first then experimental before the sax arrives. It's a little crazy 1 1/2 minutes in.

"Glimpse" is a sax dominated piece. "Solace" is a little more laid back as sax and piano lead. "3rd Warning" is a top three. I like the sound here. A calm before 1 1/2 minutes as the sax cries out. A great section follows. "Standing" is more of that sax, piano and drums while "Viking" is uptempo with dissonant sax until it settles back. it's intense again late. "Free Fall" is interesting the way the sax cries out on and off throughout. Cool sound.

A low 4 stars but worth that rating in my opinion. The debut was amazing and what would follow this record is where they start to really impress again. Still if your into sax led instrumental music you can't go wrong here.

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 Miriodor by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.36 | 38 ratings

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Miriodor
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is the first MIRIODOR record not to blow me away in some manner. I was really surprised at how samey it is and when you do that for over 70 minutes your not going to win any brownie points with me. They're a four piece band at this point and this album features sax, synths, piano, violin and percussion throughout. A big drop in my opinion from their debut and what would follow. But hey it's MIRIODOR so there is lots to like as well.

"Regards" opens with piano, sax and drums mixing it up then it kicks in harder before 2 minutes. Great sound here. A calm 4 minutes in and some dissonant sax follows. It picks back up late. "Spiral" features piano and sax standing out the most. "Valence" is a change as we get a dark atmosphere until it picks up before 1 1/2 minutes. Love the sax after 2 minutes. "Suspicion" has an uplifting vibe early on. When the piano comes in after 3 minutes it reminds me of UNIVERS ZERO. Frogs end it. "Writing For Remi" is slow moving with sparse sounds. "Oriflamme" sounds really good and it gets a little crazy before 2 minutes. The intro is reprised late. "Nocturnal Processing" sounds good with the keys and sax. Beautiful stuff. "Middle Ages" ends it with some piano and sax with atmosphere. It does get intense before settling back.

A good album for sure and I didn't touch on every track just because I would be repeating myself a lot. 3.5 stars.

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Parade
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars A double-disc release that combined a long-awaited studio album and, thrown in as a bonus, their live Nearfest concert of 2002. If memory serves, Mekano was their previous album (dating from the previous century or so), where they were a quartet and by their Nearfest performance, they had integrated a duo of cute female musical buddies (Bélanger on violin and Leclair on sax), and that by the recording of the studio album three years later, they where still around but as guests-only (if I can believe the album's booklet). Still in the studio album, SMM's Holmer also contributed to three tracks, both playing and writing, and another cute (I presume, since they all are) Québecois woman Millet played the bassoon on five tracks.

Opening in GG mode, Pyramide is a typically quirky and jumpy Miriodor track that is also reminiscent of their Gypsy jazz roots. Sonically these first few tracks are generally fuller- sounding than their previous adventures, because of the extended line-up, thus increasing the possibilities of interplay and compositional complexity. Some tracks are also more symphonic or standard-prog than usual, sometimes even giving into passages that could feature on an Anglagard album (Cruciverbiste or Frozen Bonsai) or Crimson (Checkpoint Charlie), but on the whole, you're still well within the usual Miriodor boundaries. The last third of the album sees the afore-mentioned Holmer intervening, which means (unfortunately for me) accordion every second track or so (me no like), often accompanied by Millet's bassoon, including Tolrika, a tune that Lars wrote solo a few years back. Millet's bassoon on Danse Chétive gives a Univers Zero touch, more than a Samla feel. The energetic and demented Préparatifs De Vacances is somewhere close Crimson's madness crossed with some hardcore bombastic moods. The closing Deep Forest is a mammoth track to end the aural hostilities, thus forcing your mind to surrender unconditionally to Miriodor's musical kingdom, helped out y their feudal Swedish vassal Holmer.

As for the Nearfest performance, Miriodor opens the set on very weird electronic and percussions, but the Queen Of Termites reassures the public right away with its typical melodic complexity, and then get a bit sombre with Proportions Gardées, which is slightly reminiscent or UZ or Present. Most of the tracks are from Jongleries and Mekano, but you'll find a few from earlier times as well. As the concert goes on, Falaise's guitar seems to get hotter, but never hogs the spotlight. Actually just like in the studio Miriodor doesn't engage in lengthy solo heroics and histrionics, and everyone always remain at the service of the music.

Well, if I tend to like Jongleries and Avanti (their follow-up and latest, so far), the present Parade has the advantage of finding the group as a sextet, therefore giving them more freedom and sonic variety, although I wished they had developed their songwriting a bit more and dared something totally different than their usual (but improved) soundscapes. Somewhat of a missed opportunity! If you're looking for an introduction to Miriodor's musical realm, the present set might just do the trick, with their usual studio soundscapes slightly-enhanced and an excellent live performance, which will demonstrate that the group doesn't resort to studio trickery. Another impeccable Cuneiform release.

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 Rencontres by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.13 | 41 ratings

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Rencontres
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Man With Hat
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion Team

4 stars Miriodor, Take One.

The debut of one of the best modern avant-prog bands. Always fun, always addictive, always enjoyable. A defining characteristic of this band is how much their sound changes and evolves throughout their existence. For anyone who is familiar with their later work, this will sound quite different. A strong canterbury flavor is in the mix, with plenty of delicious sax work and dripping with flute passages (something that can't be said for their later albums). Even the next two albums really don't sound like this, making it a unique entry in the world of Miriodor. The sextet version of the band is quite enjoyable, ensuring that many sounds roll out of the speakers, even though keyboards (of all types), and flute are most salient. Moods on this album range from quirky to tense to mysterious to lamentful to exciting. Finally, the compositions are strong and interesting, never sounding to repetitive or wandering. All these factors ensure the listener will not get bored any where through this long album.

Even for a debut album, they have carved out a unique niche, as this doesn't sound too much like any other band. Some stylistic similarities can be drawn to canterbury bands, and more lighthearted RIO/Avant bands, but there is never a time where I hear phrases that could be taken from other bands. (Hell, they don't even sound like themselves!) For a debut, this is definitely an impressive quality. There are really no bad songs on this album, but the best moments include Checkmate (an embryonic form of the "traditional" Miriodor sound), Road To Martyrdom, with excellent organ runs, and the brilliant Fog, with some outstanding drumming throughout, especially at the end. The only downside I can see here is the sound quality. It is not great, but passable. The drums, especially, seem to get bogged down in the mix, as well as the bass to some degree. I suppose recording conditions for (what I assume are) a poor unnknown avant-tingled band in the mid 80s in Canada weren't ideal. This sound quality certainly threw me on the first couple of listens, meaning that this is really a headphone album, where you can just like the music swirl around you and truly get absorbed, without distraction.

All in all, this is an excellent, and fairly unique Miriodor album. Miriodor, in general, are an excellent band for someone who isn't all too familiar with Avant-Prog, or who doesn't generally like that type of music, and this album may be one of the best to begin with, with its more relaxed, canterburyish sounds. May be difficult to find, but if you do, it's well worth it. 4.5 stars. Recommended.

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