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It all started with a violinist.

Miki FUJIMOTO was educated at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she majored in classical violin. She continued studying music in Spain and Japan, eventually meeting Junpei OZAKI (guitar), Ryuichi ODANI (keyboards), Naoki KITAO (bass) and Masataka SUWA (drums) at the Pan School of Music in Tokyo. Together with FUJIMOTO's violin, they formed the instrumental rock group FANTASMAGORIA. The band released a self-titled live demo through Vital Records and then spent the next four years touring the world playing various prog rock festivals - including the Baja Prog Festival in Mexico and the Prog Sud Festival in France - and performing on live television.

In 2009, FANTASMAGORIA released their first full length album, 'Day and Night' on the Japanese and French labels Poseidon & Musea respectively. Not allowing a new release to slow their globetrotting, the quintet continue to tour in their native Japan and around the world.

At first glance, FANTASMAGORIA appears to be a spacey alt-metal band with a violin. However the liberal use of keyboards (astral strings, harpsichords, and good old fashioned organs) often gives the band a sound that many symphonic fans will appreciate. Additionally, the 5-piece is very good at twisting their melodies, never allowing any one element to overstay its welcome. Devoted listeners of Larks' Tongues in Aspic-period King Crimson and arty heavy-rock likely shant be disappointed.

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El Rio by Fantasmagoria (2010-05-11)El Rio by Fantasmagoria (2010-05-11)
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3.94 | 16 ratings
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 Day And Night by FANTASMAGORIA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.94 | 16 ratings

Day And Night
Fantasmagoria Heavy Prog

Review by Tapfret
Special Collaborator Eclectic & C/JRF Prog Team

4 stars More fantasia, less gor

Sub-genre: Heavy Prog (strong fit, hints of Japanese Avant/Zeuhl and heavier JR/F)
For Fans of: Happy Family, Pochakaite Malko, "Birds"-era Mahavishnu Orchestra
Vocal Style: Other than some background counting, none
Guitar Style: Primarily distorted electric, but short of metal distortion
Keyboard Style: Varied synthesis including moog-like waves and church organ patches
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit
Bass Style: Standard picked electric
Other Instruments: Violin is the "vocal" and melodic element of the band
You are not likely to enjoy this album if: you are bothered by Japanese Avant/Zeuhl production quality or violin in general.

Summary: As I explore the international prog scene I am starting to find some consistencies in presentation along geographical lines. Japan, at least for the albums that I have explored, has a very distinct recording presentation. While being a stereotypically technopillic country, the records I have listened to from the late 90's up to now seem to be driven in the direction of rawness and the most organic production one can produce from electronics. Day & Night is no stranger to this convention. Whether a subdued or in-your-face moment, the organic presentation persists. For this reason I insist that those who may be sensitive to the recording styles of Ruins, Bondage Fruit, Happy Family or Pochakaite Malko use caution when listening to Fantasmagoria.
With that caveat out of the way, I find Day & Night to be pleasurable listening every time. Many of the guitar passages are mostly a warm distorted heavy blues sound. There is a very pleasurable quality when this sound is interplayed with the violin. Miki Fujimoto, a classically trained violinist provides incredible flowing melodic phrases throughout the album. The dynamic balance between her violin and the more traditional rock instruments is highly reminiscent of the balance obtained by Goodman and McGlaughlin in Mahavishnu Orchestra, though the phrasing has a more Kansas feel to it. The melodic violin parts hint at neo-classical at times, but are purposefully unpolished ? in the most aesthetic sense ? so as to avoid appearing stuffy and pompous.

Final Score: I enjoy this band very much. I think most prog fans will enjoy Day & Night. There is a rawness and raucousness that some love, that may detract others. There are gorgeous moments of peace and tons to be had by "melodophiles". 4 stars.

 Day And Night by FANTASMAGORIA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.94 | 16 ratings

Day And Night
Fantasmagoria Heavy Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Having taken their name from one of the most important albums by Curved Air, this Japanese progressive rock ensemble led by violinist Miki Fujimoto (a very talented lady with an extensive academic formation in her own country and in foreign prestigious schools) happens to be more closely related to a few Japanese names style-wise: the robust muscle of Outer Limits and the symphonic richness of first-album KBB are the significant points of references when it comes to understanding where this band comes from and where it's headed for. Miki is a female version of Akihisa Tsuboy ? she has and flaunts a perfect combination of skill and energy that makes sense with the melodic developments of each individual track. All in all, even if the violin is the undeniably dominant item in the full musical scheme, there is still room for the keyboard orchestrations and guitar riffs (and solos) to shine within the whole framework, so the resulting sound can evolve into typically symphonic bombast exhibitions in a consistent fashion. 'Crusader' opens up "Day And Night" with a delightful prelude of violin and harpsichord that eventually gives way to a 6/8 main body, mostly flooded with baroque moods. A nice jazzy twist briefly settles in to provide a humorous moment to the overall solemn melodic basis. 'Blue Rice' continues solidly on this symphonic vein and also includes occasional jazzy ornaments: in this case, the latter are more relevant in the whole context. 'Into The Sea' lets go initially of the extroverted rule, starting with a highlighted lyrical ambience; then, the center body gets intense in a very Crimsonian way, until the final section retakes the first motif to complete the cohesion. 'M.N.K.' is pure rocking fire on a red hot note: the guitar assumes a leading role for this special moment, sounding almost like Beck-meets-Petrucci. 'The Sparrow', on the other hand, is dominantly introverted and eerie, leaving the last minute for the elaboration of an unexpected climax full of rocking vibrations. The deceitfully entitled 'Anticlimax' happens to be a mid-tempo rocker, at first dominated by almost- Sabbathian moods, later on focused on some sort of Crimsonian prog-metal. Things are really lovely so far, and they will continue to be for what remains of it, as 'Omoplatta' and 'Travelling Space' come to show right away: pretty much akin to the spirit of the first two tracks, these ones bring back the recurrent dominance of powerful symphonic prog whose main features have been described earlier. 'Joanni', with its 7+ minute span, is the longest track in the album. It bears the typical melodic richness one comes to expect from virtually every prog rock album from any country and from any year, although in comparison it is less nurtured than in any of the preceding three pieces. Some Gentle Giant-style adornments are brought in for good effect; also featured is a soaring violin solo that roams above soft church organ layers. The last 10 minutes of "Day And Night" are successively occupied by 'Lights That Fall Down The Hill' and 'Epic': again, both pieces preserve the preferential symphonic approach, with the former bearing a sober lyricism and the latter heading for a more explicit power. Epic, indeed? Fantasmagoria is a dream come true for those prog lovers all over the world who always long for more expressions of musical excitement under the "rules" of symphonic prog.
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