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Camembert is a french Progressive Jazz Fusion band from Strasbourg (France). The band is articulated around very original instruments such as Harp, Xylophone and Vibraphone. The band's aim is to abolish frontiers between musical styles by including some world music arrangements. The best definition of their music heard in the press as the meeting between Henry Cow and Herbie Hancock for the writing of a blaxploitation movie soundtrack.
You will hear blends of Zappa, King Crimson, Pat Metheny, George Duke, Hemeto Pascoal, Ennio Morricone and Gentle Giant in the Cheese very uncommon compositions.
Signed on Altrock Label, the band released its first album Schnörgl Attahk in September 2011. This first opus is based on a delirious story of an alien invasion (The dirty stupid Schnörgls commanded by the abominable Dr Frankenschnörgl) on Earth. Then, a giant starship made Cheese enters Earth Orbit and abducts people and animals on Earth to transform them into super soldiers and resist against the Schnörgl oppression. With a featuring from Francesco Zago from Yugen and a zappaian style booklet made by Paolo Ske Botta from Ske, Schnörgl Attahk is a pamphlet for the reniewing of modern progressive rock and Jazz Fusion.
Enjoy the smell of this cheese!

===Pierre De Camembert===

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3.61 | 34 ratings
Schnoergl Attahk
2011

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3.35 | 5 ratings
Clacosmique
2009

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 Schnoergl Attahk by CAMEMBERT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 34 ratings

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Schnoergl Attahk
Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Suedevanshoe

4 stars Great debut from French fusioneers Camembert. Obviously endebted in title to the pothead pixies, this album plays like an easy listening Frank Zappa record. Big Band riffs, xylophone runs, incessant tempo changes trademark the package. A fabulous record that's thrilling and easy listening all at the same time. If I ran a department store this record would be on repeat.

At times aggressive, this record is very surprising. The electric and acoustic guitar create a luxurious sonic palette which allow the other instruments to thrive. An extremely creative set, let's hope there's more coming out in the near future from these guys.

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Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The debut release from this French band and a forewarning of what to hit the scene on their 2011 album.

Camembert's statement of intent is to blow down the barriers between the genres. Perhaps that is so. But Clacosmique is a blend of trad jazz and Canterbury scene jazz like for example Pierre Moerlen's Gong. That and a great deal of funk. In this respect, they are pretty similar to their fellow countrymen Abus Dangereux. The use of untraditional instruments like vibraphone and xylophone gives me Abus Dangereux vibes aplenty. The use of harp as a solo instrument is also something I have never heard before. An experiement they pulls off. The music is also driven by a bass too which churn out most of the comp. Woodwinds, harp, guitars and other instruments floats on the top of the bass and the percussion. But the bass is the basis here from where all life is created.

The quality of the stuff is really good throughout. The music is a bit one dimensional though with not much breathing spaces inbetween the chunks of funky jazz thrown at us. But it is a very good debut from a band I hope will get a good long career. Bands like Camembert is very much needed in today's scene.

3.5 stars

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Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by maryes

3 stars If you like bands such as GONG, MAGMA, FROGG CAFČ, ZAMLA MAMMAZ MANNA and FRANK ZAPPA, certainly will appreciate the French band CAMEMBERT, bur in my opinion their first and only studio work " Schnoergl Attahk ". seems to me a type of tribute to all above mentioned bands, due to how strong is the presence of this influences. This fact, not allows the creation of a "musical signature" or a "self-identity" by the band, which results in a lack of creativity. However, on the other hand, the disk is almost perfect in terms of arrangements and technical execution and only for this reason my rate is 3 stars !!!

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Review by zravkapt
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3 stars When a band from France calls itself Camembert and names an album Schnorgl Attahk (with the obligatory umlaut over the "o"), you are going to expect some influence from two of France's most important groups: Gong and Magma. Indeed the influences of both are all over the place here, along with a strong Zappa influence as well. The Magma influence is most notable in the darker, moodier parts which usually have the rarely used wordless vocals. The Gong influence comes from both the spacey Daevid Allen lead Gong as well as the vibes-heavy Pierre Moerlen version of Gong. The Zappa influence is mainly from his mid-70s jazz-rock/hard rock hybrid era but also from his big band era just before that.

The sound of the music is jazzy and spacey and slightly Zeuhlish. In addition to the vibes there is also a lot of harp used on this album. The parts that sound the least like Zappa/Magma/Gong incorporate some acoustic guitar. The mastering of the album is sort of on the loud side but I doubt that is the fault of the members themselves who do a great job performing this music (but don't expect any drumming as good as Moerlen). There does not appear to be any keyboards here, just guitar / drums / bass / horns / vibes / harp. This is the groups first album, having released an EP previously. There are shorter interludes between the longer tracks on the album. Some of these interludes are the spaciest and most Zeuhl sounding parts of the album.

The album opens with "Infinicheese" (ha!), a spacey intro which has some creepy Zeuhl like vocals. "Untung Untungan" is the first major song which sounds like a mix of Zappa and post-Allen Gong. Goes into a Zappa style reggae vamp near the end. "El Ruotuav Ed Sram" is more Zappa and Gong inspired jazz-rock. Some slap-bass in this track. Gets dissonant before getting louder at the end. "Le Meurtrier Volant" starts out on a darker Magma note. Gets more Zappa in serious instrumental mode. A slow-paced blues-rock groove in the middle. Nice chorused guitar during the second half, before it gets louder and more intense.

The 5-part "La Danse du Chameau" closes the album. Part one "Batifolade" features some chanting. Musically it is a mix of jazzier Magma, fusion Gong and Zappa's horns. Some Santana style percussion later on. Part three "La Tempete De Sable" starts off sounding unique: some kind of avant-jazz-rock. Then it gets more Zappa sounding. Towards the end is slightly Magma sounding before it switches to a laid-back groove. Part five "The Final Run" starts off like a cross between Magma and Santana then switches to more of a Zeuhl groove with a harp solo. During the secong half it gets more festive and Latin American sounding.

Being a big fan of Zappa, Magma and Gong I would rather listen to those three than this. For those of you interested in what a combination of the three would sound like, this would be right up your alley. It's an enjoyable and fairly consistent album but it wears it's influences on it's sleeve. The use of harp and acoustic guitar stands out and is a nice touch. Not one of the best releases of the year but nowhere near the worst. I give this a 3.5 but will round it down to 3 stars.

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Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars Wow! AltrOck Productions just can't miss! Yugen, Ciccada, SKE, Kurai, and now Camembert! Music is alive and well, people! And with great production all around! Refreshing, mesmerizing and, in the case of Schnörgl Attahk, humorous and upbeat. Horns, harps and tuned percussion all jamming with and off of one another! This is one group I want to see live! Haven't been back to Strasbourg since 1979 but, who knows? Maybe in the next couple of years?!

The transitional songs ("Clacos Zéro," Clacos 1" et "Clacos 2") are excellent (and often quite funny!) but the big monsters [e.g. "Untung Untungen" (10/10), "El ruotuav ed sraM" (10/10), et "Le meurtrier volant" (9/10)] are incroyable! I listen to "Untung" and "ruotuav" (Vulture from Mars) over and over and find my body and spirit reacting quite the same way I did upon first hearing MAGMA's MDK a few years ago: avec une danse joyeuse, sauvage et frénétique! It is wonderful! The pause at the halfway mark in "Untung" is so startling and such a letdown, yet it's so exciting when the music returns and builds and builds, jelling and spiraling its way in perfect collaboration up and then down to a stop--it's just like a rollercoaster ride! And one can just feel the morose Poe-like tension of "Le meurtrier."

Unfortunately, the 5-part suite which ends the album, entitled "La danse du Chameau" (7/10) doesn't succeed in conveying or evoking this same response. (Plodding like the camel for which it is named, the perfect harmony of "The Vulture of Mars" and "Le meurtrier volant" seems long past.) In the vein of its inspirateur, GONG, the band puts forth some jazzy jams, but, also like GONG, IMHO, the jamming seems a bit pointless--or ecstatic and masturbatory--depending on one's psycho-neuro-chemical state. For some reason, the band seems to have mostly abandoned the wonderful collective weaves of the amazing first 30 minutes of the album. Too bad. That was quite a ride! 4.5 stars rated up for its sheer freshness, enjoyability, and perfect sound production of its compositions.

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 Clacosmique by CAMEMBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
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Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Formed in 2005 in Strasbourg,Camembert are a Jazz/Avant/Zeuhl/Prog band led by bassist Pierre Wawrzyniak, guitarist Vincent Sexauer and drummer Philémon Walter.As time went by, additional musicians joined the band to form an unusual seven-piece act with trumpets,trombones,harps,vibraphones and xylophones among the usual rock instrumentation.The band with a personal style of its own released a debut-EP in 2009,entitled ''Clacosmique''.

An all instrumental affair,''Clacosmique'' balances dangerously between Brass Rock,Jazz-Rock and KING CRIMSON-esque Progressive Rock with strong elements from World Music.The EP is highlighted by the two extended instrumental compositions ''Untung Untungan'' and ''Le vautour de Mars'' clocking at over 10 minutes,where the big time brass section is blended harmonically with complicated electric passages and mellower moments with a folkier edge.The use of xylophones,harps and vibraphones is heavy but always carefully executed,while the guitar work of Sexauer is trully interesting.There are also a couple of very short introductions to the longer pieces of the album,along with the two closing compositions,which can be regarded as one. ''Bernard l'ermite'' parts 1 & 2 do not differ much than the two long instrumentals,highly-executed Jazz-Rock with strong brass instrumentation,maybe a bit more melodic at the softer parts,but still musically challenging and rich.

For fans of Jazz-Rock,Avant-Prog and Zeuhl this album will end up among their premier preferences.Nice musicianship with the tracks though sounding a bit similar but certainly the quality is high.Recommended.

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Camembert Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Alucard
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Excellent debut by Camembert, a new French band from Strasbourg. The 6 track EP (over 30 minutes) is crammed with good music, the influences ranging from Zappa, Gentle Giant, Pierre Moerlen's Gong to Henry Cow and Billy Cobham. Apart from guitar (electric & acoustic), bass, drums, tuned percussion (vibra-& xylophone) and a brass section the band plays some rather unusual instruments like didgeridoo, harp and the wonderful too seldom played bass-trombone! Let's see the menu:

Clacos O, a short spacy intro....leads into Untung Untungan, maybe the highlight of the EP, with eleven minutes of polyrhythmic galore featuring xylophone work ŕ la Ruth Underwood and a twisted brass section in the tradition of the Grand Wazoo, plus elaborated solos for guitar, harp and a special mention for the big fat bass-trombone lines, my absolute favourite instrument on this record! ...an echo bass line starts the interlude Glacos 1 Notre mčre a tous, a short quiet piece with influences from Gentle Giant and Gong, again with excellent tuned percussion arrangements and some acoustic guitar and didgeridoo. The second main dish (10:23) is Le vautour de mars, the mars vulture, a funky bird that would not have been out of place on Billy Cobham's Crosscurrents, an excellent funky groove composition with monster brass on top, featuring great solos for guitar, harp, trombone and trumpet and a nice triologue between the guitar, muted trumpet and muted trombone in Wazoo territory. The last two-part composition, Bernard l'ermite, starts as a relaxed groove with drums and brass and builds up tention while the vibraphone plays a short repetitive motive against the brass section followed by an UncleMeatish percussion theme and a Zappaish guitar solo. The second part builds up into a polyrhythmic frenzy, alternating with a nice slower theme for bass-trombone and whistling, a theme which could have occured in a Sergio Leone western.

An absolutely stunning debut for Camembert : the musicianship and quality of the compositions are high and mature. My only concern : some passages (mainly in the Mars Vulture) are a little too predictable and I'd wish that the band gets a little crazier  in the future and leaves the (exellent) influences behind.

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