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ANASAZI is a progressive-metal band formed in France in 2003.

In the words of the band's founder, Mathieu Madani, "the story of ANASAZI began the day I saw the last episode of the 'X-files', season 2. It was in 1995 I believe, this episode was entitled "anasazi" which meant in the old Navajo language: 'the ancient ones'."

ANASAZI the band started after a meeting of Madani and Frederic Thévenet in October 2003. After Madani finished that day's Thevenet's son's guitar lessons, both musicians picked up their instruments and played together like they used to do. Then, in February 2004, Fred asked Mathieu to create two songs with him for his birthday in May.

They immediately began to work on the creation of 2 pieces, "My lost world" and "Shattered" and with the first bars of what would become "Innocence ending". At that time, Madine proposed Thevenet to make a concept-song, a story which would proceed on several songs. "At the end of my new world (Part I)" was born.

The songs were finished by May 23rd and recorded thereafter. "All that just for fun, without any ulterior motive."

At the end of May, Madani and Thevenet burnt 10 CDs to be distributed to the latter's friends. Madine created a small sleeve with a small booklet for the ocassion.

Facing much enthusiasm from our listeners, they decided to have a circulation of 100 more and feedbacks were positive. "People who knew [ANASAZI]'s music adhered easily to our small universe and those who discovered progressive metal were carried away by emotions."

At the beginning of 2005, Madani and Thevenet tackled a new album. This time around it was decided it would not be a concept-song, but a true album with songs. Later on, ANASAZI was on the Internet, with "The principles of hate". For this album, Christophe Blanc-Tailleur joined ANASAZI as a bass player and brought music through computer and all its possibilities.

Since then, ANASAZI has released two more albums: "3 from the left" in 2007 and "Origin(s)" in 2008.

ANASAZI plays a very unique mixture of progressive rock, metal, with strong pop influences.

(Bio based on information taken from the artist's website.)

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3.43 | 7 ratings
The Principles of [Hate]
3.10 | 11 ratings
3.93 | 15 ratings
Playing Ordinary People
4.07 | 14 ratings
1000 Yard Stare
3.69 | 13 ratings
Ask the Dust

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Origin(s) Instrumental

ANASAZI Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
At the End of My New World (Part I)
4.67 | 3 ratings
3 from the Left
4.00 | 1 ratings
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Here Lies the Forgotten


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 Origin(s) by ANASAZI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.10 | 11 ratings

Anasazi Progressive Metal

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars It should be obvious to many who read my reviews that I'm not a big metal fan. I think that it's too easy to feign power in music by simply turning up the distortion on the guitar. So the metal group who get good reviews from me are the ones who manage to rise above fast, but plain guitar licks and attain something more.

Anasazi almost achieves that for me. I find their music very listenable. And that's good, but at the same time, while they are good, they never quite seem to attain greatness, The music is mostly standard prog metal fare, with heavy chords, but enough odd melodic twists and time change turns to keep me listening.

They also have a very obvious Pink Floyd influence. That can be heard in many of the guitar solos. Justify, in particular, owes a great deal to Floyd's Dogs.

Not a bad album to me. A metal fan might enjoy it more. At least there's no growling.

 Origin(s) by ANASAZI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.10 | 11 ratings

Anasazi Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A nice gift.

This album has been posted as a free download on their homepage together with their other free downloads albums. An offer fans of Neo-Prog and Progressive Metal should not decline. It is therefore strange and almost tragic that this is the first review of this album.

Anasazi comes across as a mix of AOR, Neo-Prog and Progressive Metal on this album. Like a mix of Marillion, Bon Jovi and Dream Theater. The music here is pretty commercial and should have pretty huge commercial potential if one of the major record label had put this album out as a CD. There are some DT like guitar chugging and riffs here. But I would by no means call Anasazi a metal band. There is far too much Pink Floyd in their sound for that. Sometimes, the music makes me cringe. Mostly the ballads where the associations to Bon Jovi is pretty obvious. The vocals too would make a Bon Jovi fan hitting the download button and that pretty quick. I am by no means a fan Anasazi's mix of commercial music. But I admit that I have been pretty comfortable in the company of this album. I like the music, although some of it makes me cringe and some of it sends me to sleep.

There are some good songs here. All of the songs are good, in fact. But they are not great. I still like this album and I will download and listen to the other Anasazi albums too. Please give Anasazi a chance..................... and peace too, btw.

3.25 stars

Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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