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Better known as founder and leader of the progressive Canadian band "Sense", Stephane Desbiens makes no compromises on Shimmering lights, offering us an exceptional and unconventional musical experience. Calling on its various influences, from blues, hard rock to jazz and classical music, this amazing guitarist makes no excuses as he proposes a very personal and alternative view of progressive rock music.

Tomas Bodin from Flower Kings, Martin Orford from IQ and Fred Schendel from Glass Hammer have all contributed to this very special project

Two years after the "Shimmering Lights" album, a new D Project is in the making. In "The Sagarmatha Dilemma", STÉPHANE DESBIENS explores new musical horizons as he interprets the EVEREST EXPERIENCE in his own special way. Once again, he calls upon author and producer FRANCIS FOY to put words on his inspired music. Special guests such as DEREK SHERINIAN (ex DREAM THEATER), STU NICHOLSON (GALAHAD), BRETT KULL (ECHOLYN), and JOHN GREEN (SINGULARITY).

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3.73 | 48 ratings
Shimmering Lights
2006
3.93 | 56 ratings
The Sagarmatha Dilemma
2008
3.94 | 118 ratings
Big Face
2011
3.93 | 113 ratings
Making Sense
2014

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 Making Sense by D PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.93 | 113 ratings

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Review by Ru

5 stars The D Project "Making sense";

1-Rearview mirror; reminds me King Crimson with his heavy guitar riff and his mad saxophone?

2- Making Sense; the most "Floydish" (Wish you were here) song of this cd, great melody!

3- What is real; nice drum here with a lot of "tron" and violons

4-No one here is innocent; the most "prog" song of the album. Very good solos!

5- Missing star; symphonics violons parts here and the emotional voice of Sean Filkins is excellent!

6-Spanish castle; great guitar work a la Al Dimeola.

7-Dagger; directly from the "eghties".

8-Out of range; The masterpiece?with flute, cellos, violons,synth, electric and acoustic 12 strings guitars, Rickenbacker bass, just brillant...

Making sense is a very well produced album and it's a must-listen to every "prog" fan! Strongly recommended!

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The D Project Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars For the second album of his project Stephane Desbiens secured a more stable line-up with Mathieu Gosselin on bass and Jean Gosselin on drums.''The Sagarmatha dilemma'' deals with the Himalayian experience and features the lyrics of the band's producer Francis Foy.It was released in 2008 on Ozeta with yet another impressive list of guest musicians such as Stu Nicholson from Galahad on vocals, Echolyn's Brett Kull on guitar solo, Derek Sherinian on keyboards and John Green of Singularity on vocals and guitar.

This was another versatile offering by The D Project, swirling around vintage symphonic keyboards, edgy and technical guitar work, emotional electric solos and great vocals, expressed both via sensitive and more powerful chords.There is some nice, personal refining on the music of the old Prog giants, they sound at moments like symphonic PINK FLOYD or modern KING CRIMSON with dashes of Mellotron over electrified atmospheres, but their music is extremely fresh and rewarding.They kind of remind me of British act ALSO EDEN or even post-2000 GALAHAD, basing their style on long arrangements full of elaborare melodies, sudden changes in climates and more upbeat tunes, where the retro aura is often covering the modern technology.The first half of the album is more 70's-inspired, Mellotrons come and go, organ is apparent, the music is full of electroacoustic shifts and the intense atmosphere of the music of PINK FLOYD is welcome.Extended pieces with instrumental variety and some great ideas.Second half appears to be a bit more modern-sounding with rougher vocals and harder electric guitars in polished but more straight songs, featuring though technical instrumental lines and a light dose of vintage keyboards over the mascular synths, where PINK FLOYD are still the prime mover and echoes of YES, KANSAS and MARILLION are also in the background.

Great album.A nice collection of concept-linked pieces with imaginative, rich and extremely atmospheric musicianship, which doesn't lack virtuosic and complex ideas.Highly recommened.

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 Making Sense by D PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Review by Logana

5 stars "The D project" is a neo prog (not sure) band from Canada! I was surprised by the musicality of the band. They play symphonic rock, neo prog, progressive metal, jazz rock .... etc. ... I noticed many styles on this album. This is what I think of interresting. D project has several influences, just listen "Rearview Mirror" vs "Spanish Castle",what a difference! Also you have many artists are involved in this production. Sean Filkins (ex big big train), Guillaume Fontaine (Nemo) and Claude Leonetti (Lazuli) have contributed to the success of this album. I will listen to other albums by this band. Definitely a great prog album for 2014!

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Review by MelloT

5 stars D project raises the bar with Making Sense. First listen; i discovered a cd with high quality production and an excellent sounding (thank you Mr. Jackson of Pink Floyd). The band of Stéphane Desbiens with Mathieu Gosselin on bass and his brother Jean Gosselin on drum excel as usual . .This album is the most "prog" D project's album, never boring, always good music despite its short duration. My favourite song is "Out of range / out of line" and "Missing star" which is sung by the excellent Sean Filkins. With the song "Nothing here is innocent" keyboards works are provided by Guillaume Fontaine (nemo). There also Claude Leonetti (Lazuli) with its Léode. Added to this cd, violins, cello, flute and saxophone ...Wow! Highly recommended if you like Pink Floyd, Genesis and King Crimson.

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Review by Toggle

5 stars A modern Pink Floyd clone?Not exactly!

D project have is own personnality. The lyrics, the atmosphere and overall musicianship is outstanding.. The compositions are melodic with lots of beautiful eletric and acoustic guitars ( Spanish castle)-, violins- and keyboards parts.Also the violin and saxophone parts really adds to the sound and give the band a distinct sound.D project is representative of a generation of talented musicians who've assimilated the styles of a number of earlier progressive bands and are able to vary the dominant influence on a track by track basis and still produce a cohesive album.

My favorite songs of this album are the power symphonic ballad "Missing star" and the closing epic song "Out of range/Out of line". This is simply a great effort by The D project that deserves much more attention by reviewers than it got so far. Recommended for fans of Pink floyd, Marillion and King Crimson.

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Review by rdtprog
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4 stars 3 years after the "Big Face" album, the band fronted by Stephane Desbiens is back with another list of musicians including Sean Filkins (guitar), Claude Leonetti that plays this unique instrument; the Leode, a combination of guitar and synth. The Nemo's keyboardist Guillaume Fontaine plays some keyboards, Isabelle Cormier (violin) and the Jazz musician Giovanni Ortega plays a lot of saxophone throughout this album. The album name "Making Sense" is a concept that turns back to his former band Sense and he decided to bring back the song "Out of Range"/"Out of Line" from those days. From the first song "Rear-View Mirror" that shows a King Crimson influence with his dark sound and heavy guitars to the next one "Making Sense" that display his usual Pink Floyd influence, Desbiens and his band show his love for different style of music of the past in the progressive world. There are also some Jazz sections with a lot of saxophone and an exotic song "Spanish Castle" were Desbiens show his talent on guitars. In fact, the guitars have always been the dominant instrument on D-Project, acoustic or electric, the keyboards are in the background, but have their moments at times. Some songs have many breaks and unusual structures even an avant-garde passage in the song "Nothing Here is Innocent". All this has been directed by the recording engineer Andy Jackson of Pink Floyd. So you get the idea of the quality of that album that could be the best album of the band right now.

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 The Sagarmatha Dilemma by D PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars The D Project was founded by Stephane Desbiens around 2004 the leader of canadian band Sense. Helped by brothers Gosselin - Mathieu on bass (who is also member in Sense and aswell Red Sand) and Jean on drums. There are are also some well known and respected invited guests on this second offer named The Sagarmatha Dilemma - like Derek Sherinian , Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Brett Kull from Echolyn and john from Singularity. The album was released in 2008 and is a quite fine and intriguing piece of music. Lots of atmosphere on this labum, the music is something between symphonic prog with neo prog elements thrown in but aswell sme Floydian passages are to be found the perfect example is the opening killer tune Closer To My Soul / Closer To Heaven - maybe the best tune of the album. The palying is excellent, the vocal parts aswell more then ok with fascinating moments Stephane Desbiens really knew to make a quite powerful release from start to finish. The title track The Sagarmatha Dilemma and Closer To My Soul / Closer To Heaven might be the best from here, some really intresting arrangements here and pleasent vocals sometimes I considered them as a moder Pink Floyd. Easy 4 stars from me, intresting music for sure, definetly I will check more of their albums because I've heared only good thing about this band who just release a brand new album. recommended.

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 Big Face by D PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Review by Ru

5 stars 1-They; Great song with a strong sax and guitar solos, The end of the song reminds me King crimson with Tony Levin Levin on bass. 5 /5(8:46)

2-So low; A strong hard rock song (3:40)4/5

3-Anger part 1&2 , the most beautiful song of this album with a strong genesis influence,symphonic parts, and don't forget this great guitar solo.(9:19) 5/5

4-Big face . Good Peter Gabriel's vocal style on this song .(7:47) 4/5

5-Anger.part 3 The most heavier and shorter song ( a bit boring)(2:34) 2.5/5

5-Don't tell the kids,; great lyrics, a more commercial song(3:39) 4/5

7-Macondo ,story about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (5:15)4.5

8-Conpiracy,; all instrumental works, featuring a stunnig jazzy saxophone solo (5:36) 5/5

9-Poussière de lumière; Claire vezina singing in french and the incredible keyboard solo by the virtuoso Lalle Larsson.(4:25) 4.5/5

To be widely supported...

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 Shimmering Lights by D PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Review by Evolver
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3 stars The opening of this album sounds like the beginning of Pink Floyd's Dogs, and that turns out to be a recurring theme throughout the album. Mostly in Stephane Desbiens' vocals (not the tone, but the style and lyrics), keyboards, and sometimes his guitar, there is a sense that he has listened to Pink Floyd a lot, and used their sound as a launching point for this, his first album as The D project.

That isn't to say this album is a clone or rip-off of Floyd, although many tracks have a "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" vibe, and one sound a little like Pigs On The Wing. Interspersed are some Steve Howe influenced guitar lines, and Tony Banks (ugh) inspired synths. All of this is blended with some modern (The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard...) symphonic prog, that raises this album (at least to me) over the usual Genesis inspired neo-prog.

The standout track is That's Life, which despite having lyrics that only consist of the title sung in chorus repeatedly, has the most energetic arrangement and performance on the album.

While I'm not a huge fan of most neo, I do find this to be a tasty album.

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Review by Evolver
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4 stars This is an intriguing album by Stephane Desbien's D Project. While primarily rooted in modern symphonic prog, like Spock's Beard or The Flower Kings, there are very strong references to Pink Floyd (and Roger Waters' solo albums). I also get wisps of Genesis, and even some Supertramp.

Closer To My Soul / Closer To Heaven begins with Floydish keyboards with a Gilmour-toned guitar, and stays there until the song builds up to more technical prog, and some truly excellent playing.

The Supertramp sound comes in with The Red Mountain, which sounds like a classic Rick Davies piece.

More Floyd influence can be heard on the final two track, where Desbien begins to sound like Waters' on vocals.

Despite the obvious influences, this is a unique and original band, that deserves much more notice from the prog world.

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