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Symphonic Prog • France


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ÉCLAT (who called themselves ÉCLAT DE VERS on their first album) are a French quintet formed in 1989 under the leadership of guitarist/vocalist Alain Charazzo. Their style straddles the worlds of both symphonic prog and guitar-driven rock, alternately featuring beautiful, acoustic melodies and jazzy fireworks. Chiarazzo's outstanding guitar play and the strong foundation behind every piece is the band's strength.

Their material got jazzier and more instrumental over the years - from the highly melodic and poetic first album "Éclat de Vers" in '91 (symphonic prog with hints of jazz) to their latest cd, the almost exclusively instrumental "Le Cri de la Terre" (a jazz-rock album with hints of symphonic prog). In between, they released the elegant "Éclat II" that should please EDHELS and 80's era CAMEL fans, the slightly ethnic-flavoured "Volume 3" and their live album "Éclat en concert, in 1998".

Fans from both ends of the spectrum (symphonic prog and jazz-fusion buffs alike) should find something to their liking with ÉCLAT, particularly those who appreciate some flamboyant guitar play.

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3.08 | 7 ratings
Eclat de Vers
1991
3.39 | 18 ratings
Eclat II
1992
3.69 | 11 ratings
Volume 3
1997
3.78 | 25 ratings
Le Cri De La Terre
2002
3.54 | 19 ratings
L'Esprit du Cercle
2012

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3.32 | 6 ratings
Eclat en Concert 1998 - Marseille/Tokyo
1999
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live au Roucas
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Vol. I & II (Eclat)
1996

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 L'Esprit du Cercle by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.54 | 19 ratings

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L'Esprit du Cercle
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by The Jester

3 stars ECLAT ? L'Espirit du Cercle (2012)

Eclat are a 5-member band from France formed in 1989. They released 5 studio albums so far, with 'L'Espirit du Cercle' being their latest work. Their music style balances between Symphonic Prog and Jazz Rock, which is a rather bizarre combination in my opinion. Since their early years their style changed slowly slowly, and from a Symphonic Prog band with influences of Jazz they have become more of a Jazz-Rock band with influences from Symphonic Prog? If I have to be honest, Jazz (or Jazz-Rock if you like), was never my piece of cake, and I'm facing difficulties when it comes to the point where I have to write a review. Same thing happened here, but with one basic difference. By listening to the album over and over again, I got carried away by the excellent and virtuosic music of these really good musicians. Also, the fact that the album is an instrumental one helped me a lot I have to admit. So what exactly do we got here? Well, we have a really interesting musically hybrid that works as a "bridge" over the gap between Jazz Rock and Symphonic Prog, having as "front line" the excellent use of guitars and keyboards. Further than this, there are many excellent melodic moments here, such as the songs 'Au Fil De L'eau' and 'Medication' for example. (On 'Medication' the sound of the guitar reminds the sound of Mike Oldfield in my opinion). The whole album consists of 9 songs, and has a running time of almost 43 minutes in total. Concluding this review I should say that I really recommend this album to the fans of Jazz or Jazz Rock, but also to those who enjoy listening to an atmospheric instrumental album, recorded by some very talented and skillful musicians. My Rating: 3 stars

The Jester

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 Eclat II  by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.39 | 18 ratings

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Eclat II
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 1992 singer Denis Carnevali parted ways with Eclat de vers and the same year the group came in touch with Musea for the release of the second album.Their name was now reduced to simply Eclat and the vocals were now handled by the band's leader Alain Chiarazzo.The new album was entitled ''Volume 2''.

The significant changes in the line-up and name of the group had nothing to do with the Eclat's style, which remained a passionate and dynamic Neo Prog with symphonic references.The stunning opener ''Le chemin vers les nornes'' gives a good idea of their style: Well-crafted Progressive Rock with excellent guitar moves and breaks, nice synthesizers, theatrical vocals and Classical inspirations in a couple of keyboard themes.The rest of the album contains shorter tracks with a bit more reduced keyboard interludes and more dynamic guitar plays, the instrumental textures are increased, but the inspiration is still there to offer some very nice tracks.The overall style is very close to the approach of compatriots ELIXIR.The guitar work of Chiarazzo is definitely the driving force with some fine lead parts and solos, while the keyboard passages offer delicate background themes and even some fronted solos, although their sound at moments is too plastic.But the more important profit for the group is surely Chiarazzo's great vocals, which are simply delightful with a light theatrical color in a typical French style of singing.

Another winner for this French band, great and recommended item for any fan fond of 90's Prog's resurrection.As the running time of the first two Eclat/Eclat de vers albums is less than 80 minutes, a nice package with both releases was released a few years later in a nice move by the group.

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 Eclat de Vers  by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.08 | 7 ratings

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Eclat de Vers
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by Sagichim
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Not quite there yet.

It's unclear to me why Eclat chose to release their first self titled album like this. The album contains 3 main songs and 5 short songs under the 3 minute mark, which makes this album extremely short clocking at 28 minutes only, hardly an album worth of material. Those short songs can be considered as ideas for something greater, one proof of that is the song "Ether" which earned a better and a much more developed version and made it to their 2002 album "Le Cri De La Terre" but can also be found in their 1998 live album as "Eternite". I wish the band took their time and develop those ideas to proper songs because the potential is definitely there.

The music here is mainly melodic symphonic rock with just a slight touch of Neo prog, in the vein of bands like Minimum Vital and Hecenia only with less emphasis on the keys lying mostly on Alain Chiarazzo's phenomenal guitar playing. The short songs though are featuring a different angle of the band, trying to show they are not Chiarazzo's band but are capable of writing something that is not guitar driven, something that will come in to fruition in their next album but not quite with this one. Keyboards here are nothing to be excited by, they never come to the front or solo, they are mainly atmospheric and just adds to the overall mood. Vocals play a big roll here and are quite good, sometimes reminiscent of Decamps. The slow and mellow songs feels like french chansons, which is nice. I don't speak french but from what I've gathered the lyrics are quite poetic and interesting.

The first three songs are complete and are the main attraction. I like Chiarazzo's combination of clean and distorted guitars, he always mix them together and create an interesting main theme or all sorts of breaks. His solos are fast and fiery but also can be slow and passionate. A good example and the album's highlight is "Courir" which is still being performed live. It's a slow paced song in which the guitar solo for the first four minutes, fantastic really and reminiscent of Steve Vai's playing with all his weird guitar bends. Just to be a little more diverse acoustic guitar is added and fills the vocal part with some beautiful touches. The rest of the album is by no means bad, it just looses the album's strength and offers some good ideas which are not developed further more. A real pity. Every one of them is good on its own right and shows the band not only trying to rock but also have a more symphonic side.

While Eclat are truly a good band and one can identify their talent and potential it's their next album which is worthy of getting. So while it is never bad it's not really essential too, but it does make a good addition if you're into the band's next studio album. 3 stars is fine.

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 Eclat II  by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.39 | 18 ratings

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Eclat II
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by Sagichim
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Eclat are a Marseilles based band which was formed in 1989. They started with the name Eclat De Vers and in 1991 released their extremely short first album. They were once listed under JR/F because of their more fusion style adopted from their third album on, but now were moved to symphonic which is maybe a more suitable spot for them especially regarding their first two albums. The band is led by the virtuoso guitar player Alain Chiarazzo but it doesn't mean their music is a guitar show off, it's clearly a band effort where everyone of the members is notable. Despite the fact that Eclat have been around for almost 25 years and up till now have released 5 albums and two live ones, they can't seem to shake their obscurity bounds, and still remain in the shadows of other successful french bands. Even here they don't get any mention except for a handful of reviews covering their whole discography. Well...I hope I can slightly change that.

Their music on this album can be considered as melodic symphonic prog but it's more on the eclectic side. Very classy, very elegant, beautiful and always clever. Everything is thought out so well and effectively constructed. The playing is very tight and it's most notable on their exquisite and sophisticated breaks. Special mention to Bruno Ramousse on bass, playing some beautiful bass lines, very easy and very elegant. Vocals are good if you don't mind french. The album comprises of 9 tracks ranging from 3 to 7 minutes, still there are plenty of instrumentals, interludes and brilliant playing to choose from. Their sound would not appeal to every one, this is as far from the 70's sound as it can get, I'm not too keen about 80's sounding albums but I can still have the highest appreciation for this one. The production reminds me of bands like Minimum Vital and early Halloween, with chorused guitars and overall a clear and shiny sound, but don't let that scare you too much because it's still warm and unique.

"Le Chemin Vers Les Nornes" is one of the highlights here, it starts the album and slowly builds the tension and as you think it's gonna explode it falls into the most charming vibraphone and guitar main riff on top of an elegant bass, simply beautiful. Half way thorough it changes to the coolest medieval interlude and goes back to the main riff as towards the end Chiarazzo unleashes a three part killer guitar solo giving the song exactly what it needed to leave you wanting for more. "Vitriol" is one of the rockiest songs on this album. It demonstrates how furious Chiarazzo is, playing lightning fast solos but still remains passionate and never falls in the virtuoso trap. Good performance by all. "Se Tu An Tan" is an example of how maybe the weakest song on the album is still beautiful and doesn't detract anything from my enjoyment. "Cinq-Quarts" is another high point here, the band shows their skills of song writing and performance, demonstrating how progy they can get as they go from one idea to the next so easily without sounding too far off. "Page Orientale" is like a tribute song to Jimmy Page reminiscent of his playing in songs like White Summer and Black Mountain Side. This one brings some variety to the album's material because of its instrumentation, acoustic guitars, tablas and some silent keys. Needless to say that Chiarazzo's playing is sublime. "Tau" is a short acoustic song consisting of a beautiful bass work and vocals. I wouldn't consider it as disposable. "Opera Magique" is darker with heavy vocals on top of a slow rhythm. Half way through it breaks into a swinging medieval interlude. Nicely done, but hardly the album's highlight. "Le Moissonneur" is a platform for Chiarazzo to go wild featuring his soaring fierce guitar playing. It's a short instrumental comprising of only acoustic guitars and a soloing electric guitar. Quite a joy listening to this one, especially if you're a guitar freak.. "Circus" is another successful attempt of writing a clever and elegant progy song. Delicious instrumental, intricate interplay and a lot of ideas mixed together creating another high point in this album.

So this is another beautiful symphonic obscurity that should appeal to a lot of you. The next album would see the band develop more of a fusion kind of prog, still interesting but personally I find this album to be their strongest. Highly recommended. 4.2 stars.

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 Volume 3 by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.69 | 11 ratings

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Volume 3
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars Excellent work of the French band ECLAT. presenting a music full of energy, "walking" with authority among Latin themes (as in the track 1 "Ekla"), riffs that arrive close of the Heavy-prog style (as for instance the initial and final theme of the track 2 "La Machine", sweet ballads (track 4 "La Madeleine"), oriental themes (track 8 "Maré Nostrum"), and concluding the disk a theme almost "Gregorian Chant" (track 9 "Non Nobis") that reminded mea lot STEELEYE SPAN in the arrangement of "Gaudette." The influences vary of RUSH to RETURN TO FOREVER (in his phase "Romantic Warior" or "Hynm of the Seven Galaxy") some "pinches" of E, L & Palmer and some another that are quite diluted in the arrangements. Detach to Alain Chiarazzo's / guitars (close to the perfection) and the several keyboards timbres used by Thierry Massé; . My rate is 4 stars!!!

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 Eclat de Vers  by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.08 | 7 ratings

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Eclat de Vers
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In late-80's there was a small but stable underground progressive scene in France with bands like HECENIA,HALLOWEEN,MINIMUM VITAL,ARRAKEEN and NAOS trying to keep the sound of classic prog rock alive.Among those bands were ECLAT DE VERS,found by guitarist Alain Chiarazzo.Some years later,after a mass of gigs and plenty of line-up changes the bandc releases their first eponymous work,a very short album,clocking just at 30 minutes,with songs from both their early phase and more recent years.

This junior attempt of the band shows them in the right direction.Melodic Progressive Rock with symphonic leanings,expressive and lyrical singing and some rockier moments as well.Great guitar work by Chiarazzo in a Rothery-ish neo prog style with some complex breaks but often adding Latimer- and Hackett-like elements in his playing.Keys and piano are mostly in the background,trying to create either atmospheric or symphonic soundscapes,while vocals are trully a strong point,being sensational,sensitive and warm with often a theatrical Decamps- influenced twist.Too bad the album is that short.

A highly enjoyable album,far from anything really unique,but with a skillful band trying to present their love for Classic Progressive Rock and offering some trully strong moments.Worths your attention.

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 Le Cri De La Terre by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.78 | 25 ratings

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Le Cri De La Terre
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars In their fourth studio release "Le Cri de la Terre", Eclat delivered their apex as members of the international progressive rock community. This album released in 2002 confirms guitarist Alain Chiarazzo as one of the most proficient ones in prog rock for the last two decades, with enough muscle and enough sensitivity as to lead the ensemble as a whole through a solid kaleidoscope of sophisticated rock. The robust dynamics elaborated by the rhythm duo of Ramousse-di Mondo and the combination of polishness and versatility provided by Thierry Masse on keyboards (as if he were a meticulously applied pupil of Watkins, Hammer and Bardens), the sonic spectrum of Eclat manages to be inventive to a very impressive degree. The namesake track kicks off the album with a fluid mixture of punch and catchiness: Cghiarazzo's guitar inputs fills the center stage most of the time, but Masse's keyboards do not pass unnoticed at all with its elegant synth layers and well- ornamented solos that alternate jazzy moods and classical tricks. With the equally powerful 'Eternité' (whose energetic vibe directly echoes the opener's) and the jazzier 'Tri- un', the listener is entitled to grasp an accurate idea of the dominant progressive particularity to be expected from teh remaining repertoire. The latter of the two aforementioend pieces features teh violin as a guest instrument, which adds an effective dose of extra color to the main melodic development. 'La Vie du Sonora' starts with a distant howling and soon reveals itself as the first sung track. Its main mood is one between standard jazz-pop and 78-81 Camel. It ca nalso remidn the listener of contemporary Minimum Vital, but the fact is that Eclat creates a more authentic progressive framework to the instrumental scheme. Ramousse states stunning bass flourishes somewhere in the middle, a thing tha tenables the track to feed its own musicality. 'La Porte...' starts with footsteps and a door opening, and then a cropuscular piano solo delivers a contemplative sonata; onca teh noise of birds in teh forest emerges, we witness the start of 'Mr. Z', a jazz-rock slow piece that makes the band certain about the need to explore their romantic side. Among Chiarazzo's excellent solos, there's some room for alternate synth and bass solso as well. 'Energies' is a piece that keeps true loyalty to its very title - it brings back the electrifying fire that the band had deliverd in fastastic terms on the album's first two pieces. It lasts 3- minutes, it really feels too short, but it is exciting to listen anyway. Are those Messrs. Jan Hammer and Allan Holdsworth duelling during the last minute? No, they are no ther than Masse and Chiarazzo. For those who couldn't get enough of the explicit intensity of 'Energies', next is 'Horizon Poupre', which provides a refreshing combination of symphonic prog and jazz-fusion in a manner that is Eclat's specialty. Once again, the guest violinist comes to help with the compeltion of the composition's sonic framework. The album's closer moves to a very different direction, a trend os progressive space-rock featuring cosmic synth layers and an eerie guitar solo. the oniric nature of this closing track brings an unexpected yet conveniently relaxing epilogue to this great album: "Le Cri de la Terre" is the culmination of Eclat's maturiry as a progressive voice of its own.

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 Volume 3 by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.69 | 11 ratings

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Volume 3
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Eclat is one of those bands that stay hidden behind a wall of silence and too few prog adventurists get to witness what started out with a debut "Eclat de Vers", a refreshing symphonic prog in the classic French school of dramatic, almost theatrical poetry within the same rails as Ange, Mona Lisa et co?, a second chapter (foxily titled "Volume II") that goes even further despite ugly cover artwork and this "Volume III" that flies straight into jazzier Mediterranean realms with strong hints of return to Forever or Italy's superb DFA. Too bad because one "can scarcely believe all the pleasures inside"- quote from Strawbs- Out in the Cold !The leadership of Alain Chiarazzo is front and center, waving a magical 6 string arsenal that winks at all the greats (a lot of Akkerman as well as Zappa, Fripp, Hillage, Hackett, Holdsworth, Lifeson and DiMeola) and yet has a personal fire that is undisputable and worthy of wider recognition. The man is brilliant and yet unknown. Zut alors! He plays on the left channel while on the right; second guitarist Michel Isnard holds sway. "Elka" is rumbling instrumental powerhouse opener, very playful with solid playing (great bass rolls in the hands of Philippe Troisi and fanatic drumming from Fabrice diMondo) and a sublime guitar incursion, the first of many splendoured electric wailings on the disc. The superlative piano work is highly vivid; Thierry Massé has obviously learned his jazzy chops from people like David Sancious, Barry Miles (early DiMeola) or Allan Zavod (Ponty) and it shows. Stellar ivory tickling! "La Machine" is a bit more fittingly robotic; a slithering guitar exercise that flutters immeasurably, some sweet shredding that oozes class. "Le Grand Passant" portrays a more technical slant (that unmistakable RTF feel), an arrangement that graces more breathing space, giving the soloists a podium to shine and they do! The bass work again is Olympic, shuttling the groove ever stronger and ever higher, waltzing with the clever piano jangles and synth wisps. "La Madeleine" offers up amazing vocals, full of unfettered passion and pain that entwines the traditional French sympho prog style (that we all know and love) with some sensational guitar and breezy synths interplay, showing restraint as these guys have already proven that they can blaze with fiery fury. "Lovania" maintains the elegant and ornate Romantic style, brooding playing that aromatically hints at compatriots Minimum Vital , the medieval/Breton tinge obvious and pleasant , indebted to the time-honored tradition of chansons de geste (Wikipedia: The chansons de geste, Old French for "songs of heroic deeds or lineages", are the epic poems that appear at the dawn of French literature.) Things get really intense with the epic "Sequoia", giving the not too shabby himself Isnard the room to roam eloquently (right channel) , using both electric and acoustic guitars while permitting some more intelligent work from Massé's lovely keys, a jazzy nearly 10 minute tour de force that remains impressive and compelling like a California Redwood forest. A stellar classic piece that needs an appreciative audience, darn it! "Nostalgia" is exactly that, a redolent sliver of nostalgia, fueled by a bar room piano sway that blows smoke in your eyes, the empty whiskey bottle as lone companion. Two minutes of subtle respite. "Mare Nostrum" (the Latin name for the Mediterranean Sea) is a welcome return to the speedy eloquence of classic jazz-rock that winks directly at DiMeola's "Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway" as mentioned on our site by my esteemed colleague Erik Neuteboom. The pace is brisk, evocative of running along the rocky beaches of Provence , aromas of rosemary and lavender in the air. The synth whistles like some St-Tropez beach guard on the prowl. My favorite track remains the closer, "Non Nobis" a medieval Latin sung in glorious fashion, highly hypnotic choir work that recalls the past glories of Charlemagne or Roland , musically close to Vital Duo or Malicorne, I admit being a sucker for this monastery style stuff!

This is a wondrous album that deserves a modicum of respect and it's severely lacking by the paucity of reviews. The sheer quality of the musicianship alone is to die for, let alone the shining material that constantly stretches the boundaries of convention and formula. Is that not the essence of prog? 4.5 shards of class

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 Le Cri De La Terre by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.78 | 25 ratings

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Le Cri De La Terre
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars The French band ECLAT bring to us in this release a very expressive mixture of Symphonic and Heavy Prog!

The sound presents some influencies of Minimun Vital (in your instrumental phase like in "SARABANDES"), although possess in a few moments a little more heavy approach, with some riffs of guitar and a rhythm section very pulse ( in my opinion a cleary Rush influence).

Great musicians in perfect balance, without great highlights for only one performance !!!

The best moments are tracks 1,2,6 & 8 .

To complete this excellent disc, a very beautiful and expressive cover. My rate is 4 stars with enthusiasm !!!

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 Eclat en Concert 1998 - Marseille/Tokyo by ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS album cover Live, 1999
3.32 | 6 ratings

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Eclat en Concert 1998 - Marseille/Tokyo
Eclat / Eclat de Vers Symphonic Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Burning live guitar

Eclat is a French symphonic outfit led by the masterful guitarist Alain Chiarazzo who can deliver the fireworks of Alex Lifeson with the emotion fluidity of David Gilmour all within the confines of the same solo. I came to this band via their outstanding 2002 studio album "Le Cri" and have not heard their earlier albums, so I cannot speak on the growth or progression on their studio work. But this live album like the studio album after it specializes in long sweeping instrumental passages that build in intensity. Backgrounds are keyboard laden and lush as they provide the necessary framework for the eventual guitar assaults. This concert is a rock guitar lover's dream with most tracks being launching pads for some ferocious, adventurous instrumental attacks.

After the cool, swirly introduction "ouverture" comes "le chemin vers les nornes." This neo-sounding track begins with great frazzled guitar lead with rhythm guitar behind playing notes, fat bass, and keys, with a medium pace beat. There are some vocal verses in French where the band backs off during the singing. Around the 5 minute mark is a transition to a more dramatic vocal section and the volume increases, followed by some loud electric leads that get really rocking at the end. Quite a good track for each member. "vitriol" features very cool dual keyboard, piano over strings, with clean guitar and bass to cymbal rides. Sadly they throw vocals in where they were not needed, this track should have been an instrumental as it had such a promising beginning. After finally ditching the singing, Alain tears into an absolute flamethrower of a solo, his volume is just freaking juiced..ears must have been bleeding in the hall that night. "runes" starts like a Nightwish track with a thundering, classically-vibed intro and the main chorus is in a similar vein. In the quieter verse portion the synth sounds exactly like the 70s synth sound on Pentacle and Ange albums, I'm guessing Eclat may be fans of those groups. I'll be honest; the vocals are not Eclat's strength and I think that's probably one reason why I prefer "Le Cri" to this live album as there are less vocals. The first half of "sequoia" is a spacey, distant, often mellow guitar solo over a synth background without drums, very nice. In the second half the drums come in along with some nice piano and bass. Then Alain stretches out and really unloads another gorgeous solo. "eternite" features guitar with real teeth, seriously heavy stuff. "circus" opens with a festive "circuslike" romp and the song is nearly indescribable, moving from one cool part to the next and reminding me often of Ange but with better guitar work, although of course the vocals are no match for Decamps. Nice runs of piano will pop in and out providing great color. Another earth-scorching workout from Alain to the finish line. "toujours courir" is one more long workout with louder drumming but a slow-medium pace, and more active, plunky bass against the guitar. There is some jazzy keyboard solo work in the middle followed by band introductions. "nostalgia" is a nice piano solo by Thierry Masse. "la machine" starts out like a barnburner 80s Rush track, driving very hard in the bass and guitar. Soon the synth changes to piano which lightens things a bit. Alain's guitar changes from a Lifeson sound in places to a Frippish hard riff line in other places. The final 2 minutes are band speaking to audience in French, not sure about what!

"Eclat in Concert" is a good album, a live document of the band to that point and will be especially enjoyable for French prog fans, guitar rocks fans, and harder symphonic/neo fans. It's a guitar lover's album mostly with some monster solos and very exciting passages. Definitely on the plus-side of 3 stars but I don't believe I can get this to the 4 star level of recommending to everyone, though I would couch that by saying that if you are predisposed to loving live concert CDs over studio albums, then you can add a star to my rating. I would suggest their fine "Le Cri" studio album first and then get this if you like that one. Though I would add this is music that is not going to disappoint (hardly) anyone. It's good stuff. The CD artwork design is strangely amateur and quite ugly for such a great band. Thankfully that improved on the next album as well.

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