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NeBeLNeST formed in 1997, consisting of Michael Anselmi (drums), Cyril Malderez (guitar), Gregory Tejedor (bass), and Olivier Tejedor (keys). They released two albums with this lineup: their self-titled debut in 1999 and the Bob Drake-produced NoVa eXPReSS in 2002. In 2006 they released their third album, ZePTO, which photographed a transition in the band lineup, as outgoing guitarist Malderez appears on roughly half the tracks and temporary guitarist Sebastien Carmona appears on the rest. Since then, the band has settled on guitarist Matthiew Sassier and guitarist/saxophonist Julien Wack to replace Malderez. This new lineup is currently working on a new album.

NeBeLNeST's music is a high-energy mix of multiple styles of progressive rock, blending a prog-metal influenced drums and bass with psychedelic guitar and symphonic keyboards. The rhythm section is clearly in control, with intense drumming and distorted, almost zeuhl-like bass dominating most pieces. The band is clearly not fond of repeating itself, as they constantly shift and progress throughout each piece. NeBeLNeST should appeal to all fans of energetic, interesting, and innovative music.

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3.99 | 39 ratings
NeBeLNeST
1999
4.13 | 63 ratings
NoVa eXPReSS
2002
3.81 | 40 ratings
ZePTO
2006

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3.81 | 40 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This was the third album by this French band, released in 2006. It's now 2017 and they became one of those "Whatever happened to them" kind of bands. It seems their website was last updated in 2008, although still running. It sounds like when they were recording Zepto, they were having trouble with keeping guitarists. They started with Cyril Malderez, who was the original guitar and played entirely on their previous releases, and then there were Sebastien Carmona and Vincent Boukera. With a four year gap between albums, there surprisingly little change, despite the guitarists. Olivier Tejedor does appear to have larger reign on his keyboards, other than that, it's the same twisted King Crimson, Magma, and Anekdoten type of RIO. Parts of this are a bit even more "out there", but much of it is the same tried and true formula. If you like what they did on previous CDs, there should be no reason to enjoy this one. On the other hand they probably realize they may end up hitting a brick wall, and probably the reason we hadn't heard from them since. Still, this is a great album if you enjoyed their other, but like RIO in general, it's not for everyone.
 NoVa eXPReSS  by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 63 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I seriously doubt anyone who was blown away by their 1999 debut would be surprised they'd end up on Cuneiform Records. After all that label has released its share of RIO and avant prog type of releases since the beginning, around 1984, and of course France's Nebelnest (or their insistence of capitalizing all the consonants, NeBeLNeST) totally fits the bill of Cuneiform like a glove. And so was the label of their last two albums, this one, and Zepto. Nova Express (I won't bother with those capitalizations again) is their second one, some three years after their debut, and what a great followup it is! More of that weird Crimson/Anekdoten style, the more extreme in, the Magma influences I guess comes more from the heavily fuzzed bass of Gregory Tejedor in the style of Jannick Top or Bernard Paganotti. Brother Oliver Tejedor gives us synth and Mellotron (both sampled and real) and on the title track he goes so tron overboard on one section that the Planet Mellotron website called it "tron torture". This music isn't easy. Every now and then the band sounds a bit normal, this is the part, I guess, where strangely, the Ozric Tentacles comparison arise (although I fail to notice any Ozric comparisons), it's back to that chaotic approach real fast. Traditional song structure and melody are forsaken, even King Crimson would diverge with someone a bit more conventional, but not Nebelnest, but then not many of these RIO acts. Because of that, it's little wonder RIO will never be without their detractors, many will accuse these groups of testing the boundaries, being "weird for weird's sake". So obviously I won't recommend those to those who have an aversion to RIO, but I'd say the same of Henry Cow or Univers Zero. But I do get with what RIO is about and Nebelnest is certainly a great example. I've seen comparisons to Guapo, as they take to the heavier end of RIO/avant prog, although Guapo is frequently even more metal, although there is a metal influence in Nebelnest. There are fewer songs on this CD, only five, but they are longer, but to be honest, there isn't much of a difference in that three year gap. If you like this style, I can heartily recommend this.
 ZePTO by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.81 | 40 ratings

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ZePTO
NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars After too darkly-symphonic second album, this, band's third release, is a bit more interesting listening for me. Plenty of scratching guitars, distorted sound,some zeuhl atmosphere, but less over-arranged sound - all this changed this album for good.

No more trying to be prog rock, zeuhl and dark avant all-in-one, this album has it's own face. Obviously more avant and even jazzy (in a free jazz manner). this music if not catchy or easy accessible is at least interesting too listen.

My problem with this album is same as with both previous: under external sound experiments, improvs and energetic noisy well-organized chaos I can't find music's soul. Not tunes or melodies, we are speaking about quite noisy free-form avant compositions, but something under the skin I such enjoy in Naked City's much more noisy and brutal releases.

My rating is 3+.

 NoVa eXPReSS  by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 63 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Second NEBELNEST album, possibly, most representative for their sound. Dark, almost with Magma-influenced rhythms and cold totalitarian atmosphere, at the same time this album contains plenty of different elements, as metal guitars, symphonic keyboards and even jazzy drumming.

Very professional, well balanced, but as often with French bands with over-arranged and too polished sound, music which I can accept by mind, but it doesn't stick with me. Not real zeuhl, avant-jazz or chamber music, there is all in one for everyone's taste.

Still sounds too empty for me, more external sound constructions, but without filling. Very competent album, just not my cup of tea.

 ZePTO by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.81 | 40 ratings

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ZePTO
NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars After two fascinating albums of modern Crimson Zeuhl-rock, Nebelnest explored their avant-garde side more thoroughly on Zepto. It's something that leads to mixed results, as the experimentation doesn't seem to represent their strongest side.

The album starts very similar to the debut. The first three track offer sinister droning rock music that matches Magma in Kobaian atmospheres and King Crimson in its ability to be heavy without needing heavily distorted guitars. None of the tracks equals the level of Nova Express though.

Then things get out of hand on The Thing In The Walls and the urge to experiment seems to carry them away from what they do best: playing upbeat dark rock. Also Fabric of Reality doesn't fabricate much listenable music. Of course, everybody's standard for listenable are different, but I doubt whether these two pieces will reveal much to seasoned avant-garde listeners.

With De Triumpho Naturae the album returns to Nebelnest prime business. It's one of the harder rocking tracks here but again it can't bring the captivating atmospheres from the previous albums back. After the challenging Do What Thou Wilt the album ends with the droning noise of Station 9.

I admire Nebelnest's willingness to move forward and explore new areas, but so far I have the impression they overstretched their abilities somehow. I wouldn't recommend it really, unless you own the preceding albums and everything by Guapo already.

 NoVa eXPReSS  by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 63 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars I have to join the ranks of praise for this space-zeuhl-drone-rock masterpiece. Nebelnest is the product of a collision between King Crimson and Magma that took place in the deepest outskirts of space back in 1974. At least that's what this sounds like, so forceful are their rhythms and heavily pulsating bass, so chilling are their chromatic guitar riffing and eerie keyboard sounds.

Nebelnest continues in the vein of the darker sound of Anekdoten's 90's albums. Especially the instrumentals on the excellent Live In Japan come to mind. Also the avant-garde of Univers Zero is a welcome influence in their nebula, but Nebelnest sure rocks a whole lot harder. Closest of all is of course the blasting avant-rock of Guapo.

Nebelnest don't write your average pleasant rock song. If you look for melodic splendour and tunes you can hum along with, you won't find them here. Their long instrumental suites are driven by the rhythmic energy and muscular bass guitar. Layers of dissonant keyboards, mellotron and guitar flippertronics complete the anxiety attack. The production is perfect for their music, very organic, rocking and harsh. Despite the battery of keyboards the sound remains solid and raw, the atmosphere is dark and alien.

Nova-Express is a perfect modern prog trip, it's intense, bleak and nihilistic, but at the same time it's energizing, inspiring and full of vibrating creativity. Not for everyone obviously, but highly recommended if the above description and bands doesn't frighten you away.

 NeBeLNeST by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.99 | 39 ratings

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Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Nebelnest's debut is a King Crimson dream come true. Even the song titles seem to have run away from King Crimson albums.

Nebelnest is a French modern prog bands that takes the dense darkness of Magma and adds towering Crimsonite riffs and dissonant harmonisation. They operate in the RIO section of PA but next to the notable avant-garde elements, they sure rock as wild and gripping as Crimson does.

The band keeps things entirely instrumental, laying down a heavy rhythm section with drilling bass guitar and the type of jazz-rock influenced drumming that brings back the energy and dynamism of Bill Bruford. Organs, mellotrons and guitars provide for the melodic leads, often using dissonance and weird tonalities. Not one track is less then stellar. The band is sure inspired on each of these improvisations, going fluently from uncanny spacey atmospheres to furious intensity and everything inbetween.

Kudos to Sinkadotentree for recommending this band to me and particularly for introducing me to this album. A golden tip! Highly recommended for fans of '74 King Crimson, early Anekdoten, Guapo and Magma's instrumental side.

 NeBeLNeST by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.99 | 39 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. I've been a big fan of this French band ever since I heard "Nova Express".They play a dark, heavy and at times experimental brand of music that recalls KING CRIMSON. And with the abundance of mellotron added to the formula I can't help but think of ANEKDOTEN and GUAPO. I still think "Nova Express" is their best followed by this their debut then "Zepto".

"Improv : Pooks Part 1" opens with faint sounds that build. We get some angular guitar and experimental sounds but check out the bass after 2 minutes. "Shafoo" opens with mellotron then a beat comes in followed by angular guitar and a full sound. The bass is huge and like the drumming. It turns spacey around 3 minutes. It's dark and intense. The bass returns with drums and guitar around 5 1/2 minutes. Great section. "Najha" opens with mellotron before drums, bass and guitar join in. Some organ later. It's pretty intense around 4 1/2 minutes as the drums pound. It picks up a minute later and the guitar starts to rip it up. "Etude De Shimshot" is fairly quiet to open as mellotron and other sounds bubble under the surface. Angular guitar comes into this haunting setting. We get a change after 2 1/2 minutes as the drums come in. A full sound follows. Nice bass here. It settles 5 1/2 minutes in then builds. It's a powerful soundscape 8 1/2 minutes in before settling late.

"Improv : Uncertain Journey" opens with experimetal sounds and cymbals. Eventually drums and bass join in followed by the guitar making some noise. "Solilock" is a favourite of mine. It just sounds so incredible, and I guess I feel that way because this really reminds me of ANEKDOTEN with the mellotron and heaviness. It does settle some later as the guitar starts to solo. Nice. "Absinthe" is laid back early but it's dark with some bottom end. Mellotron joins in and the tempo picks up. The guitar follows. A calm 4 minutes in before it kicks back in with fat bass lines and mellotron. The guitar comes in on fire. A calm 7 minutes in with piano before the guitar and drums return. Amazing tune. "Crab Nebula" opens with piano, bass and drums. Angular guitar before a minute then mellotron. A great sounding track. The tempo picks up 5 1/2 minutes in. "Improv : Pooks Part 2" is spacey to open as outbursts of power come and go. Drums before 2 minutes as the guitar makes some noise. Mellotron 3 1/2 minutes in. Still no melody here. An experimental piece.

Man this is so close to 5 stars for me. Just love this style of music.

 NoVa eXPReSS  by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 63 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars I had high hopes for this album due to the great reviews that I've read about this particular release. I must have played this album at least 5-6 times before acknowledging that this just wasn't the type of music that I am capable of appreciating to its fullest.

Although the compositions have a great deal of ideas and skilled playing I tend to feel that this band is missing that little extra that would take them from the realm of an average Prog/Avant-garde band to become one of the best original acts out there. One possible reason for this is that I tend to prefer bands that put much greater effort in writing great compositions and are not necessarily the most skilled musicians out there i.e. Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Residents etc. I mean, there is just so much you can do with the instrumental work before the listener becomes tired of the same jam work shamelessly recycled on one track after the other.

Although I have no real objection to NEBELNEST's current direction non of these compositions are memorable enough to even make me remotely interested in exploring their future output which is really a pity. I'm sure that there are enough supporters of this type of music out there that can fill in the void left by my absence from the band's fan base.

**** star songs: BLaCKMaiL (9:35) ReDRuM (11:03) CiNeMa 1920 (5:00) NoVa eXPReSS (15:32)

*** star songs: STiMPy BaR (5:12)

 NeBeLNeST by NEBELNEST album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.99 | 39 ratings

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NeBeLNeST RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Dark, brooding and ominous instrumental prog from France , severely disturbing the senses with oblique arrangements, slurping bass, shrieking guitar ornamentations, hissing synths gone haywire and swaths of mellotron adding only to the maelstrom. This is how the improvisational "Pooks Part1" opens the ball! My goodness, what sonic savagery do we have here? "Shafoo" refines the brutality a bit, providing a leaner platform for the growling Gregory Tejedor bass to propel the music inexorably forward merging with the drenching megatron working its usual magical charm, manned by his brother Olivier. Axeman Cyril Malderez flings some brisk sonic perversions that clearly suggest various forms of manic insanity, Frippoid revolutions dancing over his 6 strings. The demented fuzz organ solo will woo the Canterbury crowd with its devious connotations. "Nahja" segues nicely into more introspective zones, playing the classic King Crimson Red period card, where apparent calm can explode into sudden seductive frenzy. Drummer extraordinaire Michel Anselmi certainly can bang, rattle and pummel with the best of them, as he eggs on the matador spirit in both Gregory and Olivier's playing. The seedy guitar foray is invigorating and rages scornfully, while the others follow with glee. The colossal "Etude de Shimshot" is a prime example of their experimental folly, a 9 minute binge loaded with spirited initial sonics (astounding sounds, weird effects, remindful of a War of the Worlds sci-fi movie), far from any kind of commercial or popular banner waving, with Anselmi leading them again into a flurry of jamming prowess, as all members rage in apparent unison. The keyboard/guitar dissonance is nevertheless held together by the exceptionally tight rhythm section, colliding the senses with organizational confusion (hence the correct RIO and Krautrock allusions by other PA reviewers). What is this, space, jam, groove, heavy or symph? Really they are an amalgamation of all kinds of prog genres, thus relaying the reputations of past glory boys such as Shylock, Arachnoid, Gong and Hawkwind. "Uncertain Journey" is listed as another improv, very much in the Crimsoid tradition (the brilliant "We'll Let You Know" as well as all the live explorations as heard on the amazing KC "The Great Deceiver" 4CD set) with Anselmi doing his best Bill Bruford imitation (no mean feat!) and some serious knob persecution on the assorted devices (sax, trumpet and brass samples, I presume) by Olivier Tejedor. The humorously titled "Sollilock" is more controlled, slightly upbeat and even jazzy in a Soft Machinesque sort of spirit, groovy bass melding with hairy keyboard roamings, while the guitar circles overhead like a ravenous buzzard, pecking and picking at the bones. The next one is another 9 minute "audio-gymnastics" display, vividly conveying the lethal pleasure of "Absinthe", that still forbidden elixir/drug that likes to trick the mind. The nuclear bass is almost verging on zeuhl, a definite Paga/Top vibe, as it spins in various controlled directions, a bobbing beacon that sets an incredible platform for the menacing soloists to hallucinate on, the fret board getting a resounding beating in particular. Beastly classic track, I say! A gentle piano mid section only further confounds the issue and upends the flow. "Crab Nebula" is also the inspiration for the spooky cover art, a sinuous steamroller that insidiously creeps into the furthest realms of the audio-brain, almost "prog-space-punk", as the rhythm is quite simple yet angry, in a way. This is definitely more in tune with the harsher, no quarter given elements in music: insistent, hypnotic, bold and devastating with tremendous skill expressed by the "quatuor". "Pooks Part 2" bookends this masterful debut, with some more improvisational mayhem, a glimpse into what these boys can do on a stage, and if so, look out for the smoke and the fire! Nasty, nearly gruesome, often weird but ultimately very satisfying, this French band will go places. Ca chauffe! 4.5 cloudy aeries.
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