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Guitarist MARCEL COENEN was born in the Netherlands in 1972 and first picked up a guitar at the age of 10.At 15 he joined the band SANCTUS SPIRITUS but soon moved on to the speed metal band SPEEDICA,playing a style of music he was uncomfortable and unfamiliar with but a style he soon came to love.
In 1994 Marcel started the band AURA,who played covers of FATES WARNING,RUSH,DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRYCHE tunes.After writing their own material and making a demo tape in 1995 which caught the attention of the US record label Magna Carta the band changed it's name to LEMUR VOICE.After the dissolution of LEMUR VOICE Marcel joined the progressive metal band SUN CAGED,a band he plays in to this day.
In 1998 Marcel released a demo tape, called "Guitartalk", with four songs that he had recorded himself, at his own house, using a 4 track recorder. One year later a cd with the same title was released by Coenen, this time containing 9 tracks. And now this independent release has now become an official release, as Lion Music was interested in re-releasing it.The remastered version of "Guitartalk" was re-released in 2003 with 12 tracks total and brand new artwork.Featuring an impressive array of guest musicians from bands such as SUN CAGED,TIME MACHINE and CLOUDSCAPE(among many others),Marcel's second solo cd , titled "Colour Journey" was released in 2006.
Marcel continues to record with SUN CAGED and also does quite a bit of session work for artists such as HUBI MEISEL,BOB KATSIONIS and MISTHERIA to name but a few.
Highly recommended for fans of instrumental,guitar-based progressive metal music.

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Guitartalk, studio album (2003)
The Colour Journey, studio album (2006)

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3.92 | 4 ratings
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 Guitartalk by COENEN, MARCEL album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.92 | 4 ratings

Marcel Coenen Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Debut solo album of one of the most important guitar players from The Netherlands and,of course,of EUROPE!I owe the remastered edition of this amazing album-the digipack limited edition with the Joey Tafolla bonus track cover song!What can be sayed about this album?First of all-this new remastered edition sounds a lot better then the original one-even if here we have a computer drum machine!In fact-all instruments are played by Coenen,but that's fine,when we hear the unbelieveble guitar work that this man is offering on this album!In fact- GUITARTALK was a collection of demo tracks,put on cd by MARCEL ,because there are some sensational compositions indeed!The approach with JOHN PETRUCCI is obvious,but-definitelly-our man is simply breathtaking!Feeling,emotion,fusion,power ,massive guitar riffs-the album is so rich and dense in it's expression-WOW!Absolutelly stunning guitar solos-and a great sound overall-for the guitar-of course-because the sound of the other instruments is quite poor!Who cares-because GUITARTALK is fabulous from the first to the last note!Of course,GUITARTALK is an album for musicians especially-and guitar lovers especially -but also,it's for good music lovers,it's loaded with high quality compositions !4 stars for an amazing album-not at all boring or too demonstrative-but solid and full of great compositions!
 Colour Journey by COENEN, MARCEL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.93 | 9 ratings

Colour Journey
Marcel Coenen Progressive Metal

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Until recently I didn't even know mr Coenen had done solo projects even before he did his great jobs with Sun Caged. But I'm glad I've found this little treasure I'm going to review right now. This album is a confirmation of what I already knew: Marcel Coenen is a great prog metal guitarist, to me the best in The Netherlands at least.

What I noticed after a few listens was the various influences or at least resemblances with other bands that are to be found in the individual songs on this album. I'll mention them in the song by song review I will be doing this time.

1. Waiting sounds like a mix between a typical 80's hardrock song by Gary Moore and a usual Sun Caged song. The second resemblance of course caused by Coenen's guitar style. 3,5*.

2. Abstract Impact sounds much more like a Dream Theater song especially the rhythm is striking in this respect. 3,75*.

3. Patron Saint has some Psychotic Waltz influences with their original approach of rhythm changes within a song. They are present at the start and the end of this track. The vocal part is more the Sun Caged style. 3,5*.

4. La Bella Mira is a wonderful instrumental ballad reminding slightly of what hardrockband Dare was capable of in the nineties. 3,75*.

5. Traumatized to the Bone is much more like an Opeth song with growls and the rougher metal style. Less my personal taste but still another example of huge variation. The female vocals that also appear here remind me of Evergrey or (occasionally) Ayreon. 3*.

6. With Skill Factor we suddenly switch to fusion territory, with a metal edge that is. A bit like what Planet X and Where's the Nine are doing most of the time. Interesting. 3,75*.

7. That Moment is the first track that doesn't really remind me of another band, well maybe Platypus because of the ballad-like style. This time with vocals though. 3,25*.

8. The Shrink is another fusion-like track, this time with nice guitar effects and some crystal clear playing by Uris Ravskovsky. Very nice variegated instrumental track. 4*.

9. VDM is a heavy track with almost dissonant vocals. Not really my favorite one this though a great guitar solo around 3:00 saves it somewhat. 3,25*.

10. New Race is a fast track played like Dutch band Agharta did in their 1992 release Shades of Secrets. I wonder if this is a tribute by Coenen to his fellow countrymen... 3,75*.

11. Still Bleeding is the third ballad of the album or so it seems in the first minute. After this heavy guitars set in followed by nice female vocals by Joyce Dijkgraaf. One of those tunes that get stuck in your mind, especially the chorus by Joyce. 3,75*.

A pretty versatile album you may conclude after this. The average rating is only slightly above 3,5 but that's due to the songs on itself that are no more than (very) good compositions. But it's the arrangement and chosen concept that do the job here. And it's what I most admire about this release. It's obvious that Marcel Coenen didn't want to make a humdrum album. And therefore there's only one rating that goes along with it and it's the same rating as three members concluded before me: 4 stars. Excellent addition to any prog metal collection.

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition.

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