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ATRIA

Neo-Prog • France


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ATRIA is a French Neo band, that released two critically acclaimed albums for Musea. The lineup consisted of vocalist Jean Michel Paci, keyboardist Martial Urbanc, guitarist Gerard Larue, guitarist Vincent De Toffoli, drummer Stephane Pacini, and David Juvan on Bass. The two albums, 1992's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and 1996's "Hide," managed to be recorded with absolutely no change in lineup. This may not seem like a big deal, but when you have researched as many short lived bands as I have, this is more of the exception than the rule. Keeping the band together also seems to be especially difficult when there are large gaps of time (like four years) between albums.

Now, ATRIA may be from France, but it isn't exactly easy to tell. The vocals are in English, and they aren't really indicative of the French school. It is a powerful style of Neo, with an emphasis on symphonic. The complexities are almost reminiscent of Brazilian symphonic. As if that is not confusing enough, comparisons to Clepsydra have also been made. Anyway, this is expertly executed prog, and should be of interest to any Neo, or Symphonic fan.

H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu)

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3.22 | 17 ratings
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
1992
3.37 | 22 ratings
Hide
1996

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 Hide by ATRIA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.37 | 22 ratings

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Atria Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

2 stars Retro neoprog? Yes, what u listen here is just a retro neoprog, the sound remind some bands of the early '80, but not Marillion, Pallas or Iq, it's more in the symphonic prog vein of the late '80 like Zaragon or Antares. The keyboards and synthesizers are really terrible here; the reason is due to a lazy use of the preset, i don't like hear the same sound of keyboards in all the song! There are some good guitars solos, but these don't save the whole album. The production and the singer are decent but nothing of stunning, so i can't give to this album more of 2 stars

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 Hide by ATRIA album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Atria Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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4 stars Somehow this second and (to date) last release by French neoband Atria reminds me of Deyss' Visions in the Dark. The sound and style are very much the same. And even the vocals are alike.

These vocals are not really the best aspect of Atria but they are acceptable for me. Also the instrumental handling is ok and better than the vocals but the strongest asset of this typical nineties outfit is the quality of the compositions. Extended instrumental passages is their trademark and I love them big time. Especially the epic Learning to Fly appeals extremely much to me but also the opener Lies shows big promise for the rest of the album.

The other tracks are very good as well so it's too hard for me to let the flaws be the dominant ingrediants for the rating. Atria's Hide is just about how I like my neo prog best. And that's what I will let prevail. I can give no less than four stars here, though rounded up (3,75). Maybe it's not quite there as "excellent addition to ANY prog rock collection" but it's certainly better than "good but non-essential" so I will conclude with the following statement:

(Highly) recommended for the real neo fans !

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Atria Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

3 stars Nice Neo Prog, in the vein of Clepsydra, Pendragon, or Eloy in some passage, but not so mellow. I like Frence neo prog band, because the music is not influenced by metal that in the last years has infected the style of the some Neo prog band. The music is driven by guitars and the vocal are decent but nothing to special. There are good ideas here, from long and complex composition with catchy melodies to instrumental tracks although someone is a bit weak, and it could be a masterpiece of prog rock, but it doesn't for any reason i'll say. First of all the production could be better and the keyboards sound isn't much accurate and refined, and sometime the solos of keys bored me and seems ridiculous like in the instrumental "worlds". I hope they does better in the next release. 3 stars

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Atria Neo-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Pendragon, anyone ?

This French band, that's Atria and not Pendragon, has so far released two albums. Hide is the last one, but I hope they may release some more albums. Anyway, Hide is the subject of this review.

Firstly, I thought I had left a Pendragon album, their mid period around Masquerade, on the CD player by accident. The vocals is so Pendragon. The sound is very Pendragon too. Atria is almost a perfect copycat of Pendragon from A to Z.

........But midway through the album, some very strong Saga vibes aka mid 1980s comes sneaking in. The fifteen minutes long epic Learning to Fly has some instrumental parts which is very similar to the Gilmour brothers in Saga.

After a couple of more spins of this album, I conclude that Atria on Hide is a mix of Pendragon and Saga with some own personality included. The music itself is pleasant. The above mentioned epic Learning to Fly is the best song on this album by a mile. I am a Saga fan and that may explain my fondness for this song. The rest of the album is pretty good too. It is a bit anonymous at places. But it is still a rather good Neo-Prog album which should win this band new friends.

3 stars

I hope Atria are still alive, btw.

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 Boulevard of Broken Dreams by ATRIA album cover Studio Album, 1992
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Atria Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars 3,5 stars, really. Very fine neo prog band from France. Well, a mix of neo and symphonic in fact. A friend of mine got the CD and told me he didn´t like it. He said it sounded a bit like Eloy (I´m still wondering what he meant with that remark and if he was talking about this CD till this day...). Since my friend is a big fan of neo I didn´t approach this album with great expectations. However, I was surprised of how very pleasant and well done it is, although not without some problems.

The main drawback was the production. It is obvious that this kind of music needs a good and balanced recording and although it was not really crap, the production could be a LOT better. You can tell the band is good, the songwriting is strong (although there is nothing new in the field), the arrangements are tasteful and the playing is superb. Only Jean Michel Paci´s vocals are a bit annoying. The guy is not bad, but certainly the sound would benefit a lot if they had a truly strong singer. But again I´m not sure if the guy is just inexperienced and/or the production hides his potential.

If pass those problems, like I did, I found Boulevard Of Broken Dreams to be a very good CD. There are no fillers and the second half of the album is where lies the strongest cuts, powerful and convincing with some great guitar solos and fine keyboards passages. Only the flat production keeps me from giving this CD a four star rating. Still, if you´re into neo prog you should not miss this one. Recommended

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