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Formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1986

A project of French Canadian guitarist/lyricist/producer Michel St-Père, MYSTERY took form in 1986 as a six-member outfit. They released a self-titled album in 1992 that generated quite some interest across Canada. Unfortunately, a year later, their drummer Stéphane Perreault lost the use of both his legs; but his strong determination and passion for his craft inspired him with a new and unique approach to drumming: he became one of the first drummers to play from a wheelchair without the help of any pre-programmed sequences. In 1995, St-Père founded label Unicorn Records under which the band released a second album titled "Theater of the Mind" and which boasted airplay both in North America and Europe. In 1998, they released their last and most progressive album todate titled "Destiny?", which features six guest musicians. In 2000, a compilation CD was released that marked the end of a chapter in the band's history, as it also features their vocalist and long-time buddy Gary Savoie who has now left the band.

Over the years, MYSTERY's style has evolved from AOR (STYX, ASIA) to more adventurous art rock like that of RUSH and SAGA, but featuring delicate acoustic passages not normally heard from these two. Their music is based on St-Père's guitar play, which is well executed yet appropriately restrained, while the keyboards remain in the background. MYSTERY won't dazzle you with technical prowess but you will appreciate their strong melodies, outstanding vocals (Gary Savoie is often compared to JOURNEY's Steve Perry), elegant arrangements and attention to detail. Their compilation CD "At the Dawn of a New Millenium" is made up of remastered tracks of their three albums and is a fairly good sampler of their répertoire for those wanting to get acquainted with the band.

Recommended to fans of SAGA, KANSAS, JOURNEY, RUSH and to fans of melodic rock in general.

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Lies and ButterfliesLies and Butterflies
Unicorn Digital Inc. 2018
$13.77
Second HomeSecond Home
Unicorn Digital Inc. 2017
$10.66
$10.76 (used)
The World is a GameThe World is a Game
Unicorn Digital Inc. 2012
$12.01
$15.01 (used)
Tales from the NetherlandsTales from the Netherlands
Unicorn DIgital Inc. 2014
$11.49
$12.38 (used)
One Among the LivingOne Among the Living
Unicorn Digital Inc. 2010
$11.66
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MYSTERY discography


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MYSTERY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.17 | 65 ratings
Theatre Of The Mind
1996
3.43 | 74 ratings
Destiny?
1998
3.78 | 167 ratings
Beneath The Veil Of Winter's Face
2007
3.97 | 273 ratings
One Among The Living
2010
3.95 | 309 ratings
The World Is A Game
2012
3.93 | 227 ratings
Delusion Rain
2015
4.03 | 90 ratings
Lies And Butterflies
2018

MYSTERY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 28 ratings
Tales from the Netherlands
2014
4.48 | 22 ratings
Second Home - Live At Prog Dreams V
2017

MYSTERY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.15 | 15 ratings
Second Home - Live At ProgDreams V
2017

MYSTERY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.15 | 17 ratings
At The Dawn Of A New Millennium
2000
4.10 | 10 ratings
Unveil the Mystery
2013

MYSTERY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.89 | 16 ratings
Mystery
1992

MYSTERY Reviews


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 Lies And Butterflies by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Lies And Butterflies
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Almost a month ago, the Quebec-based Neo-Prog band Mystery, released its 7th studio album, which is the 2nd with Jean Pageau on vocals. Since I enjoyed all of their latest albums, (starting with Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face), I added this new album of theirs almost immediately to my collection.

The album opens with the 17-minute long Looking for Something Else, which is really something. Maybe it could be a couple of minutes shorter if they were trying to avoid the ' unnecessary in some occasions ' repetitive tunes, but it's ok; I can live with that. The album closes with another long song, the 15-minutes-long Chrysalis, which also could be a little shorter in my opinion.

Further than the 2 epics, 'Lies' includes 5 more songs, all of them melodic and beautiful, in the usual style of Mystery. This time the band followed the same music path, and presented an album that will definitely satisfy their fans, and the fans of Neo-Prog as well. The voice of Jean Pageau is excellent once more and it matches perfectly with their music.

Lies and Butterflies is ' in my opinion ' a very good album, not only for the fans of Mystery or Neo-Prog, but also for people who can appreciate a melodic album, with beautiful and ' on many occasions melancholic ' tunes and easy going turns and twists. Without being something groundbreaking, it is a really enjoyable album. Give it a try! Favourite songs (so far): Looking for Something Else, Something to Believe in, Dare to Dream, Come to Me. My Rating: 4.00 (out of 5.0) stars.

 Lies And Butterflies by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Lies And Butterflies
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by gertjanvm

1 stars Mystery is a typical example of a band that leans back in satisfaction. The sales will be high, fans are adoring the band. It's understandable the band wants to retain this success. But to record an album with really 0.0 progression? Lies and Butterflies is no more or less than a long stretched version of the previous albums. A total lack of creativity, in my opinion. This is also apparent from the ever-repetitive tunes. In the first 4 minutes of the opening track, a simple tune is repeated 28 (!) times. And then the lyrics. "Come take my hand", "The world goes round and round". Come on, Mystery, you can do better, much better. A disappointing and boring album?
 Lies And Butterflies by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Lies And Butterflies
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

5 stars "Lies and Butterflies" is the logical suite to "Delusion Rain" with seven tracks from 6 to 15 minutes. The line-up today is the most stable since the beginning. The band has never been so in control live, and this could have influenced their studio performance. The sound has never been so polished, the playing better and after listening to the cd many times, the songwriting of this one could be the best the band has released. The airy guitar of Michel St-P're is gorgeous as the magnificent flute and vocals of Jean Pageau. The music is going from the emotional ballad atmosphere to the heavy guitar riffs sometimes in the classic rock style. The Neo-Prog of Mystery delivers some long instrumental symphonic parts with orchestral arrangements, strong choirs, and beautiful piano lines. The album is not very different in terms of songwriting style from previous albums, but there's at times a strong melancholic mood and at other times a dark feel that grabs me a little more in this album. First, how enjoyable is the piano-acoustic guitar/flute break in "Something to Believe In". And what about the dreamy keyboards lines with a crescendo building up with the drums and the guitar in the song "Dare to Dream". In the suite "Where Dreams Comes Alive", it's time for the bass to steal the spot before the flute break where the music goes into a pure IQ style. The album ends up with a song of epic proportion starting with acoustic atmosphere first part and a heavy second part in an intense final section. Only the 5 minutes song "Come to Me" did nothing for me with is straightforward style. Solid 4.5 stars!
 Lies And Butterflies by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Lies And Butterflies
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by Davidf60

4 stars This is the Canadian proggers' seventh studio album and second with vocalist Jean Pageau fronting the band. I thought their last album Delusion Rain was very good and Lies and Butterflies is a progression from that. It has seven tracks and total playing time of just over 64 minutes. The first and last tracks are both 15 + minutes long.

The first track Looking For Someone Else starts off like a live track with the audience clapping and shouting, but soon dies away thank goodness and the music gets going. To my ears Jean Pageau voice sounds impeccable. He can sing loud or quiet with equal clarity and feeling. The guitars, keyboard and drums really shine through and there quiet, peaceful and loud parts to this track, quite epic and Mystery at their best.

Next track, Come To Me starts off with some nice acoustic guitar and gradually builds to a crescendo near the end. Next it's How Do You Feel? Which is the shortest track. This is a ballad type song with some truly excellent guitar work and the first time I heard it I was blown away. This just might be my favourite song on the album. Something To Believe In continues with some excellent singing and the band giving their all. Dare To Dream is all about dreaming of a new life and thought it was a very well structured song. Continuing the dream theme next it's Where Dreams Come Alive, which is about daydreaming and at start of the song there is excellent bass guitar, very nice. Finally it's Chrysalis which is about a couple enjoying the delights of a forest and the life of a butterfly.

I found this Mystery album very enjoyable, with some excellent songs, well sung and backed by some first class musicians making it a pleasure to listen to. It's an easy four stars.

 Lies And Butterflies by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Lies And Butterflies
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by huge

5 stars What an excellent album - MYSTERY appear to have encapsulated all that has gone before and upped their game with this release, with a superb production that enhances the overall effect. Having read some of the reviews elsewhere I was really looking forward to this release, and it has not let me down. What struck me more was the taurus pedals given more emphasis which in turn appear to add a new dimension as well as the lush keyboards that one has come to expect, the 'jangling' picked guitar, the driving, the complex drumming and the familiar vocals. At times vaguely reminiscent of RENAISSANCE or STYX amongst others, an oddity though is the aural link to YES and FLY FROM HERE especially during the opening track... Whilst the opening 6 tracks fly past in their sumptuous glory, it's only the final track 'Chrysalis' that, in my opinion, falls short. This album certainly gets my vote for being the best release of the year (so far). A definite 5 star rating.
 Mystery by MYSTERY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1992
3.89 | 16 ratings

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Mystery
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Debut EP

While the Canadian band MYSTERY from Quebec may be best known as the band where Benoît David would be stolen from and recruited to replace Jon Anderson for Yes' 'Fly From Here,' the band actually started all the way back in1986 by Michel St-Père when he was a sound engineer at Studio Illusion. While starting out under the moniker Century it was changed due to another band owning it and it took several personnel changes before the chemistry would click that led to this debut EP being released in 1992. This one is a bit of a rarity as it was the only one that wasn't released on the Unicorn Digital label with only 500 copies having been printed. But the YouTube gods have been kind with these sort of rarities.

The band started out with a typical neo-prog type band with emphasis on pop oriented melodies wrapped up in the typical symphonic rock of the subgenera. While Benoît David wouldn't become the lead singer until the band's revival in 2007 on the album 'Beneath The Veil Of Winter's Face', in the beginning Gary Savoie was the lead vocalist however on this debut EP, he would also share those duties with Raymond Savoie who would sing on 'In My Dreams' which is the only track off this EP to end up on the debut full-length release, however starting with their debut album 'Theatre Of The Mind,' Gary would be the sole singer.

This debut album by MYSTERY is a dreamy symphonic rock album with catchy melodies, well constructed tracks that utilize the neo- prog typical traits of high register vocals, dramatic compositional constructs with soft passages and arpeggiated guitar sequences that build up to hard rock payoffs and with guitar solos and dramatic crescendoes that find resolution. Of course it's all dressed up with heavy keyboard laden atmospheric accompaniments but is yet one more band to show how the sub was evolving into its own right into the 90s after the major success that Marillion experienced in the 80s.

In some ways, MYSTERY proves more than most neo-prog bands that the basic sound was a more prog infused version of some of the arena rock of the 80s with bands like Journey, Survivor, Asia and GTR coming to mind where they keep all the prog sensibilities yet expand the compositional heft to encompass more sophistication. Yep, i like this one. Neo-prog is very dependent on all the individual factors coming together even if they're predictable. I find the guitar tones and style mixed quite well with the drumbeats and both Savoies (who i can't really tell apart) have quite pleasant vocal abilities that fit really nicely into the genre. St-Père also dishes out some decent guitar licks and the percussion isn't too wimpy which does happen in this sub. This is a great debut by one of neo-prog's lesser celebrated bands.

 Second Home - Live At Prog Dreams V by MYSTERY album cover Live, 2017
4.48 | 22 ratings

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Second Home - Live At Prog Dreams V
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars When speaking of exceptional bands being out on business in the neo prog scene, MYSTERY will belong to the ranking for many. If anything will prove this largely enough than 'Second Home', which features a bunch of live recordings taken at Progdreams Festival 2016 in Zoetermeer. The band is from Canada, as for that one might not really expect a huge fanbase being present over there in the Netherlands. But you can distinctly hear it, it's not for the first time and they must have made an impression on many already three years before. The crowd seems to be in joyful anticipation, in enthusiastic mood, right from the very start. A proper reason to reserve some time for this double album, isn't it?

And so indeed, here we have a prolific performance to notice, this time with front man Jean Pageau aboard, who is equipped with a strong singing voice. I wasn't aware of any studio output beforehand, but this will be a best-of collection for sure, deriving from their albums they have produced during more than 20 years. My highlights on CD1 are the opener Delusion Rain and the extended as well as tricky Another Day. CD2 then especially shines with Song For You and Superstar. Awesome album. 'Second Home' delivers an entertaining blend of neo prog and AOR with a heavy edge. A full load over the course of more than two hours. If you like catchy, highly melodic songs presented in a playful mood you can't fail here.

 Second Home - Live At Prog Dreams V by MYSTERY album cover Live, 2017
4.48 | 22 ratings

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Second Home - Live At Prog Dreams V
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars

Some 19 years ago I had my first ever email conversation with someone outside the company I was working for, and that someone was Michel St-P're, guitarist and leader of Canadian band Mystery and the label Unicorn Digital. They have had some interesting times since then, including engaging and then losing Beno't David (with Mystery from 1999 to 2013, as well as being in some band called Yes from 2008 to 2012). The person undertaking that role now is Jean Pageau, and if he has any nerves of following in those shoes, then he certainly isn't showing it on this live album, which was recorded at Progdreams V Festival, Zoetermeer, Netherlands, April 3rd, 2016.

Mystery released this album in August, and they did release their other live album 'Tales From The Netherlands' only three years ago, but that was with Beno't, and in between they released the mighty 'Delusion Rain'. Five of the songs are featured on the audio version of 'Second Home' (it is also available on Blu-ray/DVD), and he shows that he has just as much power in concert as he does in the studio. But, what makes this band so very special indeed is that they really are an incredibly strong group of musicians who function together as a very strong unit. Michel is a great guitarist, and he is often at the forefront of the arrangements, while in Sylvain Moineau he has a sparring partner who can provide power chords or additional widdly as the need requires. In Beno't Dupuis they have a keyboard player who instinctively knows not only what style but what sounds he needs to be using, while in bassist Fran'ois Fournier they have someone who wants to follow the melody either directly or as a counterpoint: he certainly doesn't want to just provide foundation but add to the symphonic sound. Then, to top it all, at the back there is Jean-S'bastien Goyette who obviously doesn't know he is in a progressive band, or at the very least thinks he is in a prog metal outfit. He is a driving force of nature, hitting the skins as if they have offended him, and ensuring that the complete kit is getting the workout it deserves.

This is a monstrous live album, one that all progheads should have in their collection. It is a great introduction to the band if you've never come across them before, and while many of us were sad to see Beno't David leave, the future for Mystery looks very bright indeed

 Second Home - Live At ProgDreams V by MYSTERY album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.15 | 15 ratings

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Second Home - Live At ProgDreams V
Mystery Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars The music of Mystery has gone to a more progressive rock direction after their first two releases. They have reached with "Beneath The Veil of Winter's face" a wider audience of prog fans. And the time was right after four more albums to release a live DVD in Netherlands April 2016. They played songs from those four albums and especially the latest "Delusion Rain", the title track being played as a good opener for the show. "Travel to the Night" is going from classic rock to symphonic sounding a bit like Kansas. "Pride" start in a Rush style with some fine guitar playing of Michel St-Père who will deliver throughout the show many guitar solos, some with plenty of emotions. The band shows some impressive musicianship with plenty of instrumental breaks giving the song a little more complexity. "A Song For You" got some beautiful flute part from the singer Jean Pageau who by the way has been a good replacement for Benoit David in the singing department. In this song, we have some of the best melodies of this live show and some fine guitar playing again from Michel. "Through Different Eyes" is another strong track at the end where for a rare time that when a singer ask to the audience to sing with him it didn't sound wrong even though it was short. The show ends up with a simple classic rock song to leave in a festive mood.

If you like some good Neo Prog music with strong melodies, good musicianship and want to hear a band at his peak, this is a fine example of the band's music. For those who have purchased their latest albums, you know how they care about the production of their product, and this show is another very professional sounding live release highly recommended.

 Delusion Rain by MYSTERY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.93 | 227 ratings

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Review by maryes

3 stars 3,5 stars !!! How I've said in my last review posted in P A (review (#1595101 in 2016-8-5 ) ; "I really think which this band is capable of better moments... ", this is a good example. In spite isn't a perfect album without weak moments, in my point of view this last studio album from MISTERY is slightly superior in relationship to their first release "Theater of Mind". In fact 19 years is a great space of time but, I don't think which only this lapse be decisive to explain this evolution, because I really believe much more in great inspiration moments than in a simply technical improvement ! Talking strictly about the album the track 1 Delusion Rain" is a beautiful ballad with some symphonic prog appeal and lyrics in "warning" moods. The track 2 " If You See Her" brings other ballad, at this time a romantic theme where the melody is very bucolic with detached vocal parts. Anohter high point as in track 4 "The Willow Tree" which starts with a 12 string guitars accompaniment and a heavy prog intermission (starting at 4 min 57 sec and ending 8 min 46 sec with a guitar/keyboards solo with very good drums ) and retakes the initial theme until the end . The last track "A Song for You" is the best and more progressive track of the album with a astonishing middle theme ( starting about 6 min 10 sec until 8 min 11 sec where the whole band exhibit a good dose of instrumental skill. Due this my rate is 3 stars !!!
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