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WOMEGA

Eclectic Prog • Belgium


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WOMEGA is an middle-seventies, one-off obscurity from Belgium. The core of the band were three brothers: Duk, Jen and Joss Vanlessen - Duk and Joss on guitars and Joss on bass. Paul Vrijens was on keyboards, he contributed in songwriting along with Vanlessen(s). The other memebers were Jos Bertrand on drums, Herman Merken on vocals; and Paul Peters on flute and brass instruments.

They managed to record their debut (and only album) in Acorn Studio, Oxford, UK. The album, titled "A Quick Step" was published in the winter of 1975. The album reveals a particular sound of the band: a progressive rock with elements of heavy rock, Canterbury, spiced up with folk overtones and jazz-rock attitude. Nice, melodical passages with guitar ans saxophone interplays, and dominating flute and Mellotron.

Such a qualites of WOMEGA's music are certainly Eclectic, and a worthy addition to every progressive rock collection. Recommended.



Moris Mateljan, 2008.




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3.02 | 9 ratings
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 A Quick Step by WOMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.02 | 9 ratings

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A Quick Step
Womega Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "A Quick Step" is the debut full-length studio album by Belgian progressive rock act Womega. The album was released through EMI in the winter of 1975. "A Quick Step" is the only album release by the band.

The music on "A Quick Step" is hard to define and youīll hear the seven man band (the lineup includes no less than three brothers)incorporate quite a few musical styles to form their sound. In addition to two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, a lead vocalist Womega also features a brass/flute player and a keyboard player. The two last mentioned add tasteful textures to the music. The rythm section is in the jazz-rock vein, while the guitars play both harmony runs and funky rythms. Itīs all delivered with skill and conviction, but lead vocalist Herman Merken is the weak link in the chain IMO. Itīs not that he canīt sing though. He delivers both lead and harmony vocals in a satisfying fashion, but he has a pretty unremarkable voice and it doesnīt help that the vocal melodies arenīt that easy to remember either. Thatīs something most people are used to when listening to progressive rock though (Read: Unremarkable singers) and it shouldnīt be a problem to most.

One of the greatest assets of the album is the high level musicianship. These guys can play and they often venture into adventurous territories to show it off. The nice little acoustic guitar piece "Bagatel" with itīs classical leanings is an example of that. The warm and organic sound production is another asset. "A Quick Step" is a pretty interesting progressive rock album to these ears, but it lacks that final songwriting skill to really leave a long lasting impression, so there are both good and not so good things to say about it. I guess a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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 A Quick Step by WOMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Womega Eclectic Prog

Review by clarke2001
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2 stars

I'm really curious what step will this band make after a debut if it didn't bound to happen they were an one-off. Would they dilute themselves, or grow into something more complex? This album is a good soil for both scenarios...

This is a pleasant album if you're into seventies rock, but nothing to die for. It remands me a lot of BLOODROCK - in hard rock approach, and in vocal lines. Hints of symphonic rock here and there, and some unusual solutions (but not unheard nor avangarde) are placing this act a step above the mediocre crowd from the same era. Nice background flutes, dry synths. And that's about it. If you expect mellotrons and brass gallore, forget it. If you expected complex arrangements, forget it. This is homogenic, it contains that continuous float (unlike many debuts), but it's just not standing out of the crowd. When I listen to this album, it passes without noticing. It's very god as a background (for a proghead).

Of course, there's more going on, but I'm not sure is it really worth it. So with a full respect, I'm giving it not so high rating. You might give it a try if you came across it, but don't you dare to search for it for the sake of being an obscurity.

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 A Quick Step by WOMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Womega Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars This obscure band came from Belgium and was a big discovery for me because they really sound good, they released only one album in 1975 named A quick step. The bands was formed by the 3 brothers Vanlessen who also are the main composers of the pieces. The music is quite eclectic with nice mellotron passages, warm vocals and some sax and jazzy interplays added here and there - not far from canterbury flavour . This album is hard to find both on vynil or Cd but if you do don't hesitate to listen, they worth it. The best piece is for me the opening track Nympho's Belly Button - here Womega shines on every instrument and can fight with the big names in prog, the rest are also very ok for an oscure band. So a big 4 stars for them, they desearve it. The CD that i own is bought from Syn-phonic label at rezonable price for such an unknown band, under japanese mini lp sleeve format. So go and get it.

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