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French band ALKOZAUR was formed back in 2003 by Antoine FERRERA (bass) and Didier LAPCHIN (guitars), long time friends whose relationship has ben ongoing since they attended school together in the late 70's and played in school band ILLWILL. The two of them started rehearsing at Antoine's place, initially utilizing keyboards for additional instrumental details. Later on three friends of Antoine would help out occasionally, namely Philippe COMPAGNON (vocals), Patrick PERARD (keyboards) and Philippe THELLIEZ (drums).

By 2008 it becomes clear that COMPAGNON and THELLIEZ won't be able to contribute on a regular basis anymore, and PERARD is in a similar situation. Thierry LAURENT (drums) and Serge RUIZ (keyboards) hooks up with founding duo FERRERA and LAPCHIN at this point, and it turns out that COMPAGNON can stay with this project a wee bit longer too. To commemorate this, the band decides that this is the time to record their debut album, capturing this version of the band on disc while COMPAGNON still has the possibility to contribute.

ALKOZAUR hits the studio in January 2010, and finish the recording sessions prior to the summer of 2010. Mix and production follows for the next year or so, and late in 2011 their debut CD Serum of Life is released through Musea Records. While this production was finalized, Jocelyne MONSEN (vocals) joined the band as their new lead vocalist, ready to contribute to their future endeavours.

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3.65 | 22 ratings
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3.44 | 9 ratings
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3.65 | 22 ratings

Serum of Life
Alkozaur Neo-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars The debut album from this French neo prog band. Or rather; art-rock band.

The music here is neither entirely neo-prog, AOR, rock, symph prog or even eclectic. It really integrate everyone of these genres. The easy way out would be to conclude this is music made in France by a French band. And that is a compliment, btw. I am not a fan of the axis of English prog rock. When Alkozaur offers something special like this, I grab it by both hands.

Although special, the influences from Marillion & Gazpacho cannot be denied. But Alkozaur has distilled Marillion and their brand of art-rock into their very own brew. A very melodic brew, btw.

Philippe Compagnon's vocals is excellent. My only gripe is that he could had done them in his mothertongue instead of in English. But his English is far better than Fish and Peter Gabriel's grasp of English though..... But French vocals is more than welcome although I do not speak a word French. In any case; Philippe Compagnon is a brilliant vocalist.

He is very much helped by some really tasteful, understated instrumentations. The sound is excellent too.

The music on Serum of Life is great throughout and would really appeal to fans of art-rock, Marillion and Gazpacho. The best song is When Angels Fly on an album full of great music and highly recommended.

4 stars

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to Snow Dog for the last updates

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