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Guillaume de la PILIERE is a French composer and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to prominence when he set up the band Versailles in 1985, an outfit that was signed to French label Musea Records, issuing four albums before folding.

At that time classic French outfit Mona Lisa reformed, and Piliere joined them, eventually recording two albums with them during his tenure there.

At that time he had already started creating solo albums, Contes des sous-bois was released in 1997 and Psychédéléidoscope followed in 1999.

It took 8 years before the third solo album was finished though; a concept album spanning 45 minutes in one epic composition named Requiem Apocalyptique, six years in the making and a production Piliere himself regards as the crowning achivement of his solo work; at least so far.

As a solo artist he explores several different varieties and stylistic expressions, and due to that was suggested to and approved for addition by the Eclectic prog team.

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Contes Des Sous by Guillaume De La PiliereContes Des Sous by Guillaume De La Piliere
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Contes Des Sous-BoisContes Des Sous-Bois
Musea 1997
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Contes Des Sous-Bois by Guillaume De La PILIERE (1997-01-01)Contes Des Sous-Bois by Guillaume De La PILIERE (1997-01-01)
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Musea 2000
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$73.04 (used)
Requiem ApocalyptiqueRequiem Apocalyptique
Musea 2008
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3.18 | 6 ratings
Contes Des Sous-Bois
4.75 | 4 ratings
3.26 | 5 ratings
Requiem Apocalyptique

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 Contes Des Sous-Bois by DE LA PILIERE, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.18 | 6 ratings

Contes Des Sous-Bois
Guillaume De la Piliere Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Guillaume de la Piliere (born as Guillaume Thiebault) was mostly known for his performances as the lead singer and guitarist of the Theatrical Symphonic Rock band Versailles.However, being also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and having plenty of time after the third Versailles album ''Le trésor de Valliesres'', Piliere arranged his first solo release ''Contes des sous-bois'', released in 1997 on his band's label Musea Records.

The album showcases Piliere's varied influences in their entirety, being a nice amalgam of Theatrical, Psychedelic and Symphonic Rock, heavily based on the diverse keyboard passages and the aggressive guitar work.''La Mustique Bremitique'' is nothing less than 11 minutes of dramatic guitar-driven Psychedelic Rock mixed with beautiful Symphonic Rock breaks, characterized by the strong guitar grooves, the dreamy flute work and the delicate organ sounds.''Diaboliquement Divin'' is an obscure mix of acoustic guitars and sitar with spacey synths and theatrical vocals, a trully personal approach by the artist.''Sacrifice Sacre Vice'' recalls the more straightforward moments of the French Rock movement with good guitar work but a rather plane steady groove, while the vocals are over the top, fortunately the keyboard work towards the end is fantastic.''Maitre On Duc'' is close to the likes of MONA LISA, AMANDA and VERSAILLES, dreamy ballad full of sensitive vocals, a multi-choir chorus, elegant piano and flutes around.The closing 11-min. ''Mistigricide'' delivers a return to the sound of ''La Mustique Bremitique''.ANGE/MONA LISA-influenced Symphonic Rock with psychedelic touches, theatrical vocals all the way, trully dramatic organ runs and great guitar work throughout, resulting a composition filled with shifting moods and atmospheres.

A solid and trully artistic first effort by this talented French musician, which will appeal to a wide spectrum of fans within the prog aesthetics.Warmly recommended, especially to lovers of the French style of Prog.

 Requiem Apocalyptique by DE LA PILIERE, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.26 | 5 ratings

Requiem Apocalyptique
Guillaume De la Piliere Eclectic Prog

Review by Smegcake!

3 stars I wish I could get into this. The problem, I feel, is that there isn't enough texture or depth to sustain this on for 45 minutes. That isn't to say there aren't moments of inspiration, (in the instrumental sections more often) where the piece of music truly shows some great potential, whereas other parts feel redundant and unneeded. Sure - I don't understand the french language, though I'll probably try and get around to learning it, but I don't think the lyrics could hold enough texture or depth either.

The parts that stood out were between the 25th and 35th minute, where the instrumentation, finally really flows and gels well. It becomes a really innovative and wonderful piece of music, if only for a short time. The problem of course, is that this innovation doesn't seem to last. There's enough good parts to compensate for the 'less good' parts, but it's hardly essential, but for a pleasant enough change from the norm (what is normal in prog anyway?), it's not the worst album to listen to.

Just hardly the most memorable. 3 stars.

 Requiem Apocalyptique by DE LA PILIERE, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.26 | 5 ratings

Requiem Apocalyptique
Guillaume De la Piliere Eclectic Prog

Review by Renkls

4 stars As Windhawk has pointed out, this is a french piece, and there is plenty of eccentricity in it. A lot of it is also an instrumental affair, with large breaks of up to 10 minutes between lyrics (which are french). It does work as a single piece, and the talent of Guillaume shows, as he is the sole creator of the work. It doesn't seem like he was the only one who made it, but still - that alone shows some immense talent. The piece itself however is not exactly flawless in my eyes. Despite the fact it is constantly involving and always developing in a progressive and unexpected fashion, it hasn't got the mastery of instrumentation or lyrical (even if I don't know french) depth that an album such as Thick as A Brick might have. That isn't to say it's not a fun ride to take, so I'm split between a 3 and a 4, rounding down because it's not an essential work by any stretch, but as a 45 minute french journey, it certainly has some originality floating around in its concept album structure.
 Contes Des Sous-Bois by DE LA PILIERE, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.18 | 6 ratings

Contes Des Sous-Bois
Guillaume De la Piliere Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars This is a bizarre one, found it in a Budapest prog store, sort of expecting a Mona Lisa/Ange kind of album with assorted medieval influences. Guillaume is the leader of French prog group Versailles (a very uneven discography to say the least) and yet was quite stunning on the 1998 Mona Lisa album "De L'Ombre à la Lumière". His guitar playing was spirited and sweaty especially on the epic "Voyage avec les Morts", really catching my attention. "Contes des Sous-Bois" certainly possesses a raucous Middle Ages feel, what with that wistful cover art of a milady piercing a tree with a halberd (look it up , guys) . The music is pleasing, spooky and grating at the same time, mainly due to the typical hysterics that make French prog so universally admired and yet feared. The opening dozen minute long "Le Mystique Eremetique" is a case in point, with interesting instrumental choices that are confronted with some rather, let's say odd vocals. Nowhere does the singing get weirder than on the third track "Sacrifice Sacré Vice" (Sacrifice Sacred Vice, as if you couldn't guess!). Freddie Mercury meets David Surkamp of Pavlov's Dog, I mean it's funny. Another 11.5 minute closer, "Mistigricide" is another gruesome piece, with dense organs, frenzied vampiric vocals, ideal Halloween music in so many ways, serenading the local bats into screeching overhead. The fabulous guitar solo is scratchy, the bass rumbles nimbly, actually pretty intense, imagine for a second a French proggy Bauhaus (though Peter Murphy was a way more intriguing talent). An obvious curiosity that could have been more effective with a bit more polish but .....maybe not ! File under "oddity "

3.5 chauve-souris

 Requiem Apocalyptique by DE LA PILIERE, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.26 | 5 ratings

Requiem Apocalyptique
Guillaume De la Piliere Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This third solo venture from former Versailles member Guillaume de La Pilière deserves some credit; even if it is somewhat of a mixed effort.

I mean, he calls the album "Requiem Apocalyptique", he plays all the instruments on it himself - and the album is a 45 minutes long epic. And despite some shortcomings in terms of interesting and fascinating moods the composition comes across as just that - a complete piece of work. It could probably have been divided into 10 pieces or so, but it manages to come across as a united rather than an assembled effort; which in itself requires skill and talent.

The opening and closing sequences on the song are the main negatives for my sake; too many swirling guitars and eerie, weird vocal performances makes them unique, certainly innovative but alas also taxing and somewhat grating to the ears as the passages continue on.

However, the mid section and final closing passage, with rich, ominous and threatening moods created are fascinating; and when the more annoying sequences aren't overly long either the end result is an enjoyable creation overall; some weak parts and some strong parts - and enough of the latter to make this one worthwhile investigating for curious prog fans of the kind that doesn't mind some French eccentricity.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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