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MADELGAIRE

Neo-Prog • Belgium


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A group founded around the millennium change, Madelgaire chose its base in the small town of Soignies (some 50Km southwest from Brussels), but the members come from a 40 km-wide area, overlapping their buddies of AmAndA's area, to which they bear some sonic similarities, not least choosing to profess their love of the French language, even if this group also delve in the English realm. Madelgaire took their name from a local medieval hero, and it's not fortuitous since they have a certain medieval-folk and Raconteur-Troubadour side to their music with two distinctive singers: frontman Dominique Lossignol and drummer Pascal Rocteur. They released a 4-track demo with the help of then-friends Globalys (also more or less sharing the same turf) and played some concerts, promising an album proper soon. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons, the album was constantly pulled back, sometimes for personnel reasons, as the original keyboardist was replaced by Globalys' Bertrand Vanvarembergh in late 2005. This change gave the band a new impetus, provoking a solid evolution in the band's abilities, but it took almost another five years of (Im)Patience for the band's followers to finally discover their first real album with that pun-in-form title, but the wait was finally worth it. Hopefully, they won't keep us waiting that long for their next opus

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3.05 | 5 ratings
Goes to the Collégiale
2002
3.86 | 36 ratings
(Im)Patience
2010

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 Goes to the Collégiale by MADELGAIRE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Goes to the Collégiale
Madelgaire Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Formed in 2000 in the small city of Belgium Soignies and named after a local medieval hero, Madelgaire started as a four-piece band with singer/drummer Pascal Rocteur, keyboardist Patrice Chalon, bassist Christian Vanderwhale and guitarist Stephane Letertre.A few month later they were joined by a second guitarist, Dominique Lossignol, and this line-up led the band to the production of a demo entitled ''...Goes to the Collegiale'' in 2002.

Madelgaire's proposal is nothing less than rich and well-crafted Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock in the vein of AMANDA, SEVEN REIZH or ARENA and the opening ''Vae Victis'' contains some good quality music.Bombastic atmospheres led by grandiose keyboards and dramatic guitar work and solos along with some softer Neo-Proggish grooves but always adventurous and intricate in a nice instrumental introduction.''Mad-el-Gher'', actually this is the band's name, could not have contained anything other than keyboard-based medieval tunes next to some prog good breaks and the overall sound is like listening to MINIMUM VITAL.''Gimme a Light'' is the epic of this demo, clocking at 11 minutes and opening with a light piano-driven jazzy section, before turning into a Neo-Prog manner with good keyboard/organ and guitar work along with the vocal lines of Pascal Rocteur, the result is close to the style of DEYSS.The short closer ''Rackham-das-Röte'' is another instrumental piece of dramatic slightly-symphonic Progressive Rock with great guitar work and some orchestral keyboards, quite nice.

This demo seems like a good sample of what Madelgaire were capable of.Slightly theatrical and always passionate, the performance is satisfying and if a copy ever come before your eyes, just grab it.Warmly recommended.

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 (Im)Patience by MADELGAIRE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.86 | 36 ratings

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Madelgaire Neo-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars Wow !! This album is a very nice surprise, having had no expectations when listening to it for the first time. But within the first minutes, I am taken to a place I really likes.

I am used to listening to symph prog albums which comes across as neo-prog albums. In this case, the opposite is happening. This album is a largely fully blooded symph prog album with references to the likes of Ange, Anekdoten, Yes and Genesis. The music here is really epic and grandious. It is also filled with a wide aray of colours. Just like the first time I tasted Chimay Bleu. Which I am not doing now, btw.

The first song are sung in English and has a lot of Genesis and Marillion connotations. A very good song, but the album takes a nice turn to France and French symphonic prog on the rest of the album. The French vocals reminds us all that Belgium, the homeland of Madelgaire, is a country with two languages. Madelgaire's vocalist Pascal Rocteur does an impressive job here. The use of vintage keys like moog and hammond is really pleasing too. This in addition to the usual guitars, keyboards, drums and bass setup.

This is a great album from Belgium which should please all fans of French symphonic prog. Not to mention those also into neo prog. Let's hope Madelgaire will return again with a new album because I really like what they are doing on this album.

4 stars

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 (Im)Patience by MADELGAIRE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.86 | 36 ratings

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Madelgaire Neo-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars It's difficult to estimate at how much (Im)Patience the band's followers had to endure, because the promise of this album dates back to Mathusalem's days, but let's just say that since the group's only personnel change (Bertrand Vanvarembergh, ex-Globalys) in late 05, the clock started ticking, and it's been half a decade's nerve-wracking (Im)Patience, hence the album's tongue-in-cheek title. Lead by their two lead singers the low-pitched frontmen Lossignol and the higher-pitched drummer Rocteur, the group develops a neo-symphonic prog with heavy progressive folk ambiances and tell French-sung historical tales in the theatrical raconteur-troubadour style, somewhere between Ange and their buddies AmAndA, but haven't developed the visual theatrics aspects (yet). The group is also pulled by Bertrand's rather wide array of keyboards (including a loaned mellotron) and solid ethics and perfectionism, inherited from his Globalys days. The bon-vivant Memen (bass) and Letertre (electric guitars) round up the group.

Opening one of only two surviving tracks from their '02 demo, Gimme A Light is the of two tracks sung in English, but has it ever been extensively re-worked and extended to almost 14 minutes and the musical passages sound between Anglagard and W&W-era Genesis. Pascal's vocals and rant onto anti-smoking regulations are the obvious link to the older version, and this neo-prog track is a witness of their earlier Genesis influences. The album closes on the other English-sung track, the 9-mins+ Regrets, which is much in the same Anglagenesis mode. Oh yeah, I'm not sure if it's a wink or for real, but Dominique also adds a live-recorded guitar piece that can only draw risky comparisons with Hackett's Horizon.

The other older track is Vae Victis (with now added vocals, but without the grunts and squeaks of old), that has been incorporated in their mega three-part 27-mins+ Banquets De L'Equinoxe suite, which is obviously the core and centre of the album, their "meisterwerk" if you wish. Sung in French by Dominique Lossignol (in a lower-pitched voice), it (the suite) shows that the group seems much more at ease in that language, but also that their folkish-medieval influences are also their true personality in the raconteur- troubadour mode, much more so than their incessant Genesis-references. The quieter Les Murs takes us in the Ange world of theatrics, but spiced with an AmAndA (their buddies) twist for good measure and mellotron a-go-go. The slow-starting 11-mins+ Dame Brune movement is their most delicate moments with both Letertre and Lossignol arpeggio-ing away on their acoustic guitar, while Bertrand's synth layers are adding depth, and Dominique's hypnotizing chants are driving us up Les Murs in ecstasy. Rocteur's drumming is particularly effective, while Memen's bass punctuates to the perfection the ambiances. There is a really strong passage where the vocals and music alternate exchange and enhance each other, producing a spine-chill moment.

I have a few slight remarks about the group's first official release, namely the "modern" artwork not really fitting the sonic folky/symphonic contents, but also the juggling between two languages. If the group does quite well in English, the band's real character and heart explodes in the French-sung tracks. So I'd advise them to choose one medium or another for their future endeavours' cohesiveness. I'd also ask if Lossignol intends on picking up his violin again for future works. Definitely one of the year 2010's top 3 albums from Belgium, and even maybe in the top 3 of the year's French-speaking prog albums.

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 Goes to the Collégiale by MADELGAIRE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Madelgaire Neo-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Like most CD-r demos ever made, Madelgaire's is a rather short and hastily-constructed demo Ep, containing four tracks, mostly sung in English. The group was then fronted by Lossignol, who played violin and acoustic guitars and sang (backing & choirs), but the main singer was drummer Rocteur, while Letertre's Hackettian guitars and Chalon's key are very Bank-ian. Their line-up would remain constant until Chalon would leave in the course of 2005, and be replaced by ex-Globalys Bertrand Vanvarembergh later in the year. They've remained together since.

Opening on the Vae Victis track, one of two that would find its way onto the debut album proper, albeit in a longer and improved version, this is an almost-instrumental track, if you except the grizzly growls of bassist Mennem recorded while he's becoming cute with his wife and the chipmunk squeaks of Pascal (or is it Chalon) being cute with his own wife (just kidding guys? it will probably get erased quickly if you are generous enough ;o))), VV is a cool neo-retro-prog piece that will be retained as the first movement of their three-parts suite Les Banquets de l'Equinoxe, the pinnacle on their first full-blown album. The following is a medieval Arabisation of a local hero's name (that became their own) in the crusades. Up next is the other track that survived until their first album, an impressive genesis-sounding track with absolutely un-Genesis-like lyrics, sung by Pascal's high-pitched voice. Indeed the track seems to be a piss-off and a "ras-le-bol" towards anti-smoking regulations. The then-11- mins+ track will be slightly extended on the official album. Closing up is a Belgian pun of Tintin's album Rackham Le Rouge (but in German) and might be my preferred of their early works. Don't expect too much from a demo (from any demo, really), I don't even know if they still have some around.

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 (Im)Patience by MADELGAIRE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.86 | 36 ratings

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Review by Peter Hackett

4 stars I'd been waiting for this album for more than five years. The first time I saw Madegaire on stage, at the Spirit of 66 (Verviers, Belgium), I felt in love with this gentle art of progressive rock. And now, I can listen to old and new material from Madelgaire and it sounds always in this pleasant way I kept in my mind. (Im)patience is a really ggod addition to any collection for every who likes light neo-prog. Only the first song is in english and it is good like this. The french lyrics are poetic and it's not impossible to like this songs without understanding the french language.

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