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Founded in Pierre-Bénite, France in 1988 - Disbanded in 1992 - Reformed in 1999 - Activity unknown since 2005

The French group EXODE is led by singer-songwriter Roland LELONG, who once shared the stage with one famous Seventies theatrical Progressive rock band from the city of Belfort: ANGE. It is no surprise if the current sextet chose the musical style of the latter, including the title of one of its most renowned tracks. Published by the Musea label, D'Ici Et D'Ailleurs (2005) can be considered as being directly connected with the music created by ANGE and MONA LISA. The theatrical singing shines all over that first album, developing poetic lyrics about fairy and mythology. Between the Mellotron, the organ and the flute, nothing is missing to pursue the Seventies' spirit. Nevertheless, EXODE is clever enough to revisit this universe with a refreshing enthusiasm. This is great stuff indeed, who'll surely enchant Seventies French Progressive rock lovers. Not to be missed!

(taken from Musea homepage)

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2.39 | 5 ratings
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 D'Ici Et D'Ailleurs by EXODE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.39 | 5 ratings

D'Ici Et D'Ailleurs
Exode Symphonic Prog

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

2 stars This appears to be the only album by the French band Exode. Instrumentally, they are competant. The music is a blend of traditional symphonic prog, with quite a bit of seventies style psychedelic rock mixed in. While none of it stands out to me, there is enough variation and inventiveness to keep it from getting boring.

The problem I have with the album are the vocals. I don't know if this is a French cultural thing, but I am starting to get fearful of listening to albums from French prog bands. Too many of them use a dreadfully over-emotive style of singing, that comes across as more shouting than music. Roland Lelong is one of those types of singers. At his best he is barely tolerable, but mostly he is annoying. At least he only deos that forced theatrical maniacal laugh once.

Angelique Raoux, the second vocalist is better. When singing alone, she has a fair enough voice, but when accompanying Lelong, she tends to match his abrasiveness. Unfortunately, she does not sing along very much.

If this was an instrumental album, it would rate three stars. But alas, it's only a two.

 D'Ici Et D'Ailleurs by EXODE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.39 | 5 ratings

D'Ici Et D'Ailleurs
Exode Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A one album wonder French band.

This band is operating in the same landscape as Atoll, Ange and Mona Lisa. French symphonic prog with strong vocals and a lot of folk rock and theatre music influences. This is a sub category of symph prog as far as I am concerned.

Exode uses both male and female vocals. The principal vocals is the male vocals though. The main instruments are guitars, keyboards and some flute in addition to bass and drums. Both the vocals and the instrumentation is very good.

The overall quality is good. But there are no real killer tracks here and nothing here I would label as great. This album is satisfying to large extent, but nothing more.

3 stars

Thanks to toroddfuglesteg for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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