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Not to be confused with NEMO from the 70's, another French band also listed in Eclectic Prog section. This entry is for 2000's NEMO.

This French band was rooted in '99 when Pascal Bertrand (drums and percussion), Pierre Louveton (guitar and vocals) and Guillaume Fontaine (keyboards) decided to make progressive rock music. In 2000 bass player Hervé Esquis joined NEMO but he was soon replaced by Benoit Gaignon. Early 2002 the band started to perform, their first concert was attended by at about 100 spectators. In July 2002 NEMO released their first album entitled "Les Nouveax Mondes", a few months later NEMO hosted again a new bass player named JB Itier. In this line-up NEMO released their second album entitled "Présages", they promoted this CD on the Crescendo Festival in the same year, along with ANGLAGARD, CAST and FOCUS. What a thrill it must have been to watch these progrock bands!

The second album "Présages is a stunning CD, in my opinion as innovative as RUSH and their guitarists has the same varied and inventive play as Alex Lifeson! The five dynamic and alternating compostions contain lots of great breaks and many changes of rhythm and atmosphere. Most of the music is based upon an adventurous, jazzy sounding rhythm-section, a harder-edged guitar and varied keyboards. The interplay between guitar and keyboards is amazing: bombastic with howling guitar and orchestral keyboards, swinging with acoustic guitar and jazzy piano (Chick Corea meets John McLaughlin) or symphonic with heavy guitar-riffs and flashing, very spectacular synthesizer solos. The French vocals sound convincing, this man has a wide range but his role is a bit limited, many parts of this CD are instrumental with lots of biting electric guitar solos and sparkling piano play. Recommended to jazzrock oriented progrock fans!

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

3.69 | 68 ratings
Les Nouveaux Mondes
2002
3.87 | 84 ratings
Présages
2003
4.03 | 96 ratings
Prélude À La Ruine
2004
4.24 | 207 ratings
Si Partie 1
2006
4.04 | 143 ratings
Si Partie II - L'Homme Idéal
2007
4.10 | 258 ratings
Barbares
2009
3.86 | 291 ratings
Revolu$ion
2011
4.00 | 265 ratings
Le ver dans le fruit
2013
4.16 | 220 ratings
Coma
2015

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

3.88 | 13 ratings
Immersion Publique - Live
2005
4.33 | 9 ratings
Si Live
2009

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

4.25 | 31 ratings
La Machine A Remonter Le Temps
2010

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

4.77 | 20 ratings
Si (Partie I et II)
2012

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

3.03 | 6 ratings
Eve Et Le Génie Du Mal
2004
4.50 | 2 ratings
Les Enfants Rois
2006

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 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 220 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Le chant du Cygne? (Swansong)

Nemo is allegedly done after this final chapter in their discography, putting an end to one of the finest French prog bands in recent memory. All of their albums have been well-received, praised and appreciated by the progressive community. 'Coma' is a sterling monument to their craft, perhaps even their finest moment yet on record. With a drop-dead beautiful cover and artwork, the seductive package also has a 2 CD option that includes some cover songs, which may be of great interest to fans as well as the uninitiated. Nemo was the purveyor of a distinctive prog style that was unashamed to elevate French language vocals to their rightful place, propelled by the expressive guitar acrobatics of Jean-Pierre Louveton, the innovative keyboard colorations of Guillaume Fontaine and a bass/drum rhythm section that clearly understood the message and laid a thrilling foundation. Olivier Long has replaced long time bassist Lionel B. Guichard but Jean-Baptiste Itier is still the beastly percussion man he has always been. Some have likened their style to such legendary icons as Rush and Dream Theater, I truly fail to fall victim to such easy categorization. Truth be said, they have a Nemo sound that enjoys contrasts, hues, shadows and tones as well as a propensity to display some wizard-like chops in the process. This duality explains why their albums are all highly rated with nary a trace of any dud.

Play on words 'Le Coma des Mortels' (a pun on 'le Commun des Mortels') sets the pace and rage from the first seconds on, with J-P Louveton's staggering axe grind challenging the synths and the ornate piano, showing who is boss and burrowing headfirst forward. This is a circa 12 minute wallop that captures those attributes mentioned earlier, adding attractive melodies, scintillating technique and a complete sense of musical adventure, all intended to snare the unsuspecting listener and dominate their senses into submission. Louveton is a shrewd guitarist, able to dispense brash riffs with uncompromising ardor, as well as caressing his instrument with suave romanticism when needed, coercing the sensorial ooze from his muse. Newcomer Long grumbles with the finest, underpinning the bridge between rhythm and melody with a sizzling display of low end genius. Drummer Itier bashes, slashes and thunders with seasoned skill, driving all this Gallic passion with effortless zeal.

Guillaume Fontaine is a dynamic piano player, a judicious talent that is perhaps more prevalent here than in the past. He maintains that ivory touch on the next piece, the slick 'Train Fantome', a heavy, chugging guitar and synth epic locomotive propelled by the bass and drum combo. The volume pedal infused guitar licks the lower bass rumble as the ubiquitous voice of Louveton adds some classic theatrical that is the hallmark of French symphonic prog, a la Ange, Atoll, Mona Lisa and co' Bravo! The sudden apparition of electric piano caught my attention and I could not help salivating, Bravo encore!

A sitar-like sound introduces 'Comaine', another wordplay on that devilish white powder that ravages the sinuses, the brain and the soul, adding unaccredited flute (did Fontaine do that on a synthesizer?), while the thrashing guitar ravages inhumanly forward, sweeping ahead, unchallenged. A burping bass guides the barking dogs, the caravans that pass in the night and the rising bright sun. JP lops off a few dangling solos, both intense and cataclysmic. Breathtaking material and playing.

Definitely a highlight track, 'St-Guy' refers to the French word for a specific disease and not a dance move called 'La Danse de St-Guy', better translated in English as St-Vitus dance (aka Sydenham's chorea or chorea minor is a disorder characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements primarily affecting the face, hands and feet). This is the ideal platform for Olivier Long to indulge in a spectacular bass solo that hops, jerks and collapses with imminent grace. The following wah-wah drenched guitar solo is a celestial display of talent and an all-around bold and magnificent testimony to Nemo's talent.

'Tu n'es Pas Seul' translates as 'you are not alone' and showcases a jazzier and more experimental side, led by some echoed-keyboards, droning e-piano, tick-tock beat and JP's suavely murmuring voice which here reminds one of the mercurial Ange maestro Christian Decamps. Off the charts and hypnotic, the pleasure is divine, an oblique ballad that has all kinds of aromas and flavors, juxtaposing a melancholy feeling with a hint of 'chanson francaise', as Long again penetrates his big bad bass deep into the fleshy, feminine core. Clanging, chiming and then suddenly tortured like some rejected lover longing to rejoin the bliss, Louveton exults and orgasms, fast and furious on his fret board. Fantastic experience.

The title track takes a dozen plus minutes to enjoy but within seconds the colossal mood is set, the mellotron kettle blazing, the ornate piano fire burning and the rough guitar boiling, quickly offering room to a nearly medieval expanse, then the arrival of a military beat and a missile-like lead, more rhythmic shuffling and a true sense of overload and confusion. Tres bien, so let's do it again or as they say in French 'encore, cheri!' The main guitar riff is a classic Martin Barre blast, lower register but powerful, slashing drums and impassioned vocalizations that are further sweetened by slick synth bending. Thick, juicy, insane, audacious and deranged, all the symptoms of a comatose musical mind. Mellotron choir, twinkling piano and sheer unadulterated bombast finish off this masterpiece.

The 2 CD set has two interesting covers from Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin as well as a 'La Divine Comedie' a trio of pieces from previously recorded yet unreleased material. Nemo will remain a monument to modern French prog and we can only hope that this is just a rest period and the crew will be back.

5 blackouts

 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 220 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars 2015 brings the ninth and very possibly final album `Coma' from eclectic French prog group Nemo. Back at the start of the year, the band announced they were taking an indefinite hiatus, citing a mix of the difficulties of working in the current music climate, exhaustion and simply the need for a break. However, were it to be the end of the road for the group, they were still determined to release a fitting final album, and fans of the group should find `Coma' a more than satisfying finale. Not as dense or overlong as many of their previous works, the six pieces that make up the 56 minute album are frequently more instantly approachable than on many of their other albums, but there's still plenty of Nemo's signature mix of heavy guitars, delicate piano and Jean-Pierre Louveton's darkly crooning vocals.

Opener `Le Coma des Mortels' bursts with blasts of ragged guitars and dirty Black Sabbath-like riffing without ever becoming heavy metal, breaking away in the middle for a deeply personal and soulful wounded vocal from Jean-Pierre above sparkling piano, warm acoustic guitar and gorgeous murmuring bass. Epic electric guitar and keyboard duelling opens `Train Fant'me' , gives way to slinking bass and a thoughtful melodic tune before muscular riffs batter gutsy Hammond organ blaring. Despite heavier bursts, the shorter `Coma'ne' has several folky themes with a sweeter vocal, and it makes a nice break from the longer brooding moments of the disc.

Seventies David Gilmour-style bluesy wailing, sprinklings of nimble-fingered jazzy electric piano, hard driving drumming and relentless bass powers through the infectious `St Guy', one of the best instrumental tracks to appear on a progressive album in 2015. The sad beauty of `Tu n'es Pas Seul' holds a carefully pleading and insistent chorus, with reflective chiming guitars and fluid bass all building in urgency with restraint. The twelve minute album closer title track `Coma' hits with epic power, built around lengthy instrumental builds of everything from thrashing metallic riffing runs, jazzy interludes, blitzkrieg keyboards and a soaring vocal. The piece is melancholic but not without hope, and frequently lifts to become victorious and life-affirming. If this is to turn out to be Nemo's final track, then the band went out on the perfect curtain call.

It may not be quite as aggressive or involved as some parts of their previous albums, and there are just little traces of a band starting to coast a little with a subtle melancholic weariness in a few spots, but this really holds everything fans of the group would want to hear. The harmonies and melodies are more instantly obvious here, and the album is perhaps even a little more accessible than previous works that would actually make it ideal for newcomers to the group, despite the fact that they'll likely only have a back catalogue to explore if they are impressed with by what they find here. But if this is the end of the road for Nemo, the band can be exceptionally proud of a consistently strong run of albums over their career that have held up well to constant repeated listens, a true achievement. `Coma' not only proves that the band was a winner right until the end, but they just might have delivered the best album of their career, and possibly even one of the best progressive rock releases of 2015.

Four and a half stars - Don't go, Nemo!

 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 220 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Prog Maniack

4 stars I recently discovered a French prog band. Nemo is the name. The beauty of prog rock genre, with all subgenres, is that you can discover a very good band in every country. It doesn't matter if is a very big country, or is a very small country. You can expect to find a very good band in every corner of the word. Today is Nemo turn to be on my menu. And what excellent menu I'm offered here.

Nemo isn't a new band. They formed in '99, and released nine albums until now.I don't know how I missed this band for so many years, but I did. SHAME ON ME! SHAME ON ME! SHAME ON ME!

This album kicks off with "Le coma des mortels" in a very alert way, only to slow down after about one minute to play what will be the main theme of this song. I like the idea to return to this main theme in so many different ways and tempos in one song. In fact, all album is rich in changes of tempos and bright ideas. Give me this rich prog rock menu every day! Three times every day, please. I will be so fat and happy. This is a very complex menu, with old Pink Floyd flavours, neo-prog sounds, Dream Theater spices and even little tastes of Amorphis. In the end add a little bit of Yes here. Just how I like it. Isn't that a feast? Trust me, it is! And cream of the cream is the song "Coma". Is the sum of band's all knowledge. All in one! Give me the bill please, I'm full!

Strange for me, but I start this webzine with two non-english lyrics bands. Strange indeed. Strange, but not bad. Just beautiful! The language of music should be diverse and without frontiers. Even more in prog rock genre.

Another pleasant surprise is Jean Pierre voice. Sure, I don't understand the French language, but is a very sensitive voice and is matching perfectly with Nemo's type of music. I don't need to understand the lyrics, I feel them.

I want to say one thing: YOU WANT THIS ALBUM IN YOUR COLLECTION!

 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 220 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Finally! A Nemo album that I feel immediately engaged with, that I can feel drawn into the melodies and structures! For so many albums I've read the rave reviews, bought or listened to the albums (with great attention, I might add) but this is the first time that I feel the music is comprehensible, that I'm not being pushed away by the music's busyness and abrasiveness. I really appreciate Jean Pierre's slowing down and spacing out the music a bit more. The moods and atmospherics are so much more evident and accessible this way.

1. "Le coma des mortals" (11:38) opens with over three minutes of instrumental pomp and blaze before shifting to a more sensitive, jazzy acoustic foundation at the 3:20 mark. The piano-accompanied electric guitar lead setting up the vocal entry is sublime--very RIVERSIDE-like. And such a beautiful sensitive vocal it is! In the second verse he starts to amp up both his emotionality and volume--as does the support music. At 6:15 a BLACK SABBATh-like metal riff establishes the musical foundation for the next section--even though things quiet down soon after--back to piano and acoustic guitar with more laid-back vocal. The fretless bass play and jazzy piano tinkling are awesome! Mix in the electric guitars' metal power chords and you have quite an ingenious passage. Militaristic drum beat with one, then two, then three lead guitars each playing their mirror'ed yet distinctive tracks eventually gives way to a steady background pulse of snare and thumping bass to set up a great old fashioned rock guitar solo. Layers of keys are gradually added to great effect. The final solo is given to a modulated synth. Awesome! Great opening track! (9/10)

2. "Train Fantôme" (9:08) has quite a PINK FLOYD vibe to it without feeling as if it is a rip off or a copy--especially the opening and ending sections. Throughout the middle there is a neat little power riff used throughout that reminds me quite a bit of METALLICA's "Enter Sandman." I love it! (9/10)

3. "Comaïne" (6:01) starts out with a very French folk/troubador-feel to it for the first 1:28. Then the metal guitars and rock drums kick in. The smooth vocal retains a consistency throughout--which helps in tying all of the song's parts together. The two guitars playing out at the end reminds me of THIN LIZZY. (8/10)

4. "St. Guy" (8:27) is an instrumental that opens with a Barbares familiarity to it but then morphs into its own with the gradual addition of synths and guitars. By the beginning of the third minute the song has established the structure it will hold for the next six minutes--a kind of bluesy rock, with some awesome organ, fretless bass, forward drums, and Colin TENCH-like guitar soloing. Around the 4:30 the band goes into a bit of a bridge before returning to a solo-based structure--electric guitar followed by nice showcase for the Ollivier Long, the fretless bass player. Again, the ease and dexterity of the guitarist's play reminds me so much of the Jeff BECK side of Colin TENCH. Really nice stuff! (9/10)

5. "Tu n'est pas seul" (8:01) a very powerful song with lots of space and atmospheric sound--definitely my favorite on the album. The opening minute is awesome with its slow-to-build weave and reversed guitar notes. The way that the delicate lead vocal is accompanied by background vocal harmonies is gorgeous. Then there is a very powerfully constructed spacious interlude in the fourth, fifth and sixth minutes--which perfectly sets up the emotional heavier lead guitar solo section that ensues at the 5:30 mark. Gorgeous solo. The vocal return is quite welcome and caps off a virtually perfect song. Awesome! (Nice to know that I'm not alone--and that Nemo appreciates my musical tastes.) (10/10)

6. "Coma" (12:46) opens with a bombastic beginning much more in the NeoProg vein followed by a sensitive solo synth. At the 1:00 mark gentle arpeggiated electric guitar, military drum beat, Arp synth voices, piano and bass create a GENESIS-like weave before the electric guitar establishes a melody. Then, at 2:05 the music shifts into a rhythm-guitar and bass-dominated section with syncopated drum play over which the lead vocalist lays down his first lyrics and melody. Organ and heavier guitar chord play elevate the song into a heavier realm--over which the vocalist and his companion (tracks) sing with matching intensity. Great melody and harmony lines! At 6:00 a Jan HAMMER-like synth solo takes us away. Then at 6:25 the song shifts into a different time signature and the instrumental balance shifts toward multiple keyboards and multiple electric guitars. At 8:20 there is yet another tempo shift--this one allowing synth washes and soloing synth to take the fore while the singer shifts to singing from within the mix. The song seems to be winding down in the tenth minute as a few familiar melodic and chordal themes are recapitulated, entwined and played with. The final two and a half minutes are played out with deliberate power and bombast but at a pace that allows each and every sound and shift to be heard and appreciated. Awesome song! (10/10)

This is DEFINITELY my favorite Nemo album I've ever heard and one that I feel deserves a five star rating. Nemo has definitely brought their music into a range that is more accessible (to me) and yet is just as creative and powerful as their previous releases. Bravo! and Encore!

 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 220 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Einwahn

5 stars First the good news - this superb French band have capped their wonderful career with surely one of their best ever albums. Their 2013 offering 'Le Ver dans le Fruit' was very well received on this site, though personally I felt Nemo were becoming a little formulaic by then. 'Coma' feels like a break-out album for them - lots of ideas they haven't emphasized previously. They merit their categorization as Eclectic Prog - there are all sorts of styles in here. I'd perhaps summarize 'Coma' as endlessly busy rhythms setting the landscape for their best-ever guitar work (IMO) with alternately jazzy and metal moments. Basically, full of interest, you cannot get bored - but easily excited. 'Coma' should appeal to fans of heavy but sensitive music like Anekdoten or Riverside.

Also noteworthy are a couple of surprising covers on the bonus disc of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin - certainly justifying the inclusion of those bands on Prog Archives, and encouraging a prog fan like myself to look at that music once again.

The bad news - the band have been saying for some time this will be their last album. It's cruel for me, because I'd convinced myself with 'Le Ver' that Nemo had finished their development. Now 'Coma' opens up a whole new landscape we may never explore further.

Verdict: Prog Archives is hereby tasked with persuading Nemo to CARRY ON PLEASE!!

 Le ver dans le fruit by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 265 ratings

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Le ver dans le fruit
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

3 stars If your looking for French prog with a hard rock/bluesy edge, Nemo's latest release, Le Ver Dans Le Fruit, should be your cup of tea. Songs like "Trojan" and "Milgram, 1960″ effectively incorporate hard edged bluesy rock, as well as Dream Theater-esque musings, while tracks like "un Pie Dans La Tumbe" deliver passionate solo work, constantly moving rhythm guitars, and effective melodic piano. I hope you're in for a long ride, since this is two discs, but it's well worth it to make it to the second one where I consider the highlights of the album to be. "A La Une" las down some solid, fresh riffing with fantastic groove, and the 80′s vibe and catchy vocals make the perfect combination. "Triste Fable" goes it bit more old school with a tron intro, and "Arma Diama" pounds out the epic length piece that every solid prog album should have: a full-on 17 minutes of prog, including loads of riffs, celtic inspired melodies, pizzacato strings, melodic lead guitars, and odd grooves. Although Le Vers Dans Le Fruit didn't leave a huge and lasting impression on me, there are certainly some great moments, particularly for those that love guitar rifs.
 Présages by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.87 | 84 ratings

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Présages
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Despite a rather directionless and confusing sound, ''Les nouveaux mondes'' received some positive reviews worldwide and strengthened the motivation of Nemo to record instantly a second album.Original drummer Pascal Bertrand though would not be part of these sessions, he was replaced by newcomer Jean-Baptiste Itier.The album, which would be named ''Presages'', failed to attract the major prog labels and once more the French band decided to produce it by itself, this one found its way to the market in October 2003.

There still are some questionable choices and ideas in ''Presages'', but this time the group appears to have grown compositionwise in a work, that contains over 60 minutes of music condensed in five tracks, four of which are over 10 minutes.Fans of modern Progressive Rock won't be dissapointed.Nemo play a mix of hard-beating guitar riffs, Fusion keyboards, orchestral textures and Neo-Classical orientations, drawing inspiration from French Prog ala ANGE and ATOLL, Progressive Metal in the vein of DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X, and modern PORCUPINE TREE-like Prog Rock, maybe colored with some Neo Prog flourishes in the process.The music is emphatic, rich and powerful, ranging from symphonic moves to heavy, pounding guitar leads, passing often through virtuosic keyboard solos and melodic themes, while the atmosphere tends to be dark and dramatic quite often.The influence from the 70's French Prog scene becomes obvious in many of the lyrical moments of the album, which are very poetic and expressive, while the arrangements are pretty interesting with plenty of breaks, tempo changes and shifting moods.The last two pieces, each divided in several shorter movements, show Nemo at their most progressive.Here is where the band becomes very flexible, introducing quirky piano themes, acoustic guitars and straight, symphonic references to its music.The result is charming, full of sophisticated passages and clever switches into heavier territories, which can satisfy even a Prog Metal fan.

''Presages'' mark Nemo's right choice on developing well-composed, atmospheric and intense music.Heavy Prog with Classic French Prog and Fusion vibes, played with passion and enough talent.Warmly recommended.

 Le ver dans le fruit by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 265 ratings

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Le ver dans le fruit
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars This might be a tall claim, but I consider French band Nemo to be one of the hardest-working groups in modern prog! Their albums take weeks of replaying just to crack the surface, and you can spend months allowing all the little details to take hold. Their music is full of not only exceptional instrumental playing and charismatic vocals, but the compositions contain intricate arrangements, great variety and a welcome unpredictability. Certainly their albums represent the best value for money in my opinion because of how many listens you need to give each album to truly appreciate them. So imagine how daunting the prospect of a new double disc from them in the form of `Le Ver dans le Fruit' sounded!

With a title that translates to `the worm is in the fruit', it gives Nemo the perfect chance to display their typical perfect balance of light with dark. The band asks on their website "Are we being manipulated? Who would benefit from us, to follow pre-established rules? Careless. As sheep. Political parties? Religious organizations? Commercial companies? TV networks? Beware of everything, even NEMO...". Well, ignore that last bit, you can at least trust Nemo to deliver the prog goods! `Le Ver...' is their heaviest disc to date, yet still never quite hard enough to ever be considered metal, and over twelve lengthy tracks, the gloomy subject matter mentioned above gives the band plenty of opportunity to craft their moody, somber yet colourful and eclectic take on progressive rock for 92 glorious faultless minutes.

Nemo displays extreme confidence by opening the first disc on a group harmony a-capella, their lone voices weaving together before segueing into the darkly grooving `Trojan', a variety of menacing heavy riffs, wig-out synth runs, drums that hit like hammer blows and wailing electric guitar soling. Right from this start, there's already traces of those slightly sinister moods that bubble under most of their works, so wicked and addictive. Jean Pierre Louveton's voice contrasts seductive purrs with a gleeful licking of lips. The slinky groover `Milgrams 1960' jumps around, slows up and speeds down over and over around an extended searing electric guitar showcase also from Jean Pierre. `Verset XV' keeps up the Nemo tradition of the more sedate and thoughtful near-ballads found on their previous discs, and it's the first truly gut-wrenching moment on the album to connect with, while still maintaining some eerie grit to ensure you don't relax too much. Lovely pulsing heart-racing bass from Lionel B Guichard throughout this one too, and a perfectly executed build towards a brooding finale. `Un Peid Dans...' brings back some spiky guitar heaviness over icy synths and ghostly piano, with Jean Pierre alternating between hushed smooth croons and nice spitting snarls. `Neuro Market' is a pleasing standout for Guillaume Fontaine, his sneaking Hammond runs and intimidating piano glistens over some grinding heavy intensity. The almost 10 minute title track closes the first disc, a slow-burning and emotional piece with some surprisingly wistful moments, a scorching electric guitar solo and rising piano builds in the final minutes to end on a grand statement.

`A La Une' kicks the second disk off with a mix of heavy Rush-like grunt and jangling acoustic guitars with warm group harmonies that recall fellow modern band Porcupine Tree. There's a bluesy guitar and symphonic synth opening for `Triste Fable', with a lovely floating dreamy middle that again recalls Steven Wilson's above mentioned band. Instrumental `Allah Deus' is an absolute highlight of the disc, a playful run through day-glo Prince funk (Yes, Prince HAS been prog, check out `The Rainbow Children' and `N.E.W.S'!) with psychedelic Flower Kings nimble epic guitar runs while drummer Jean Baptiste Itier stomps up a storm. The band then eases up on the heaviness for one of the greatest moments to ever appear on a Nemo disc, the surprisingly victorious `Opium'. Beautiful murmuring bass, a soulful heartfelt vocal and some beautifully executed bristling extended guitar and synth soloing is truly joyous to experience, and there's an infectious positive vibe throughout the entire piece. The band then wrap on one of those long epics they do so well, the 17 minute `Arma Diania', a sublime mix of triumphant vocals, acoustic flavours, delicate piano, wild disorientating swirling synths, punchy drumming and spiky distorted electric energy that tear through a dizzying range of tempo and mood changes.

There's something wonderful about a band that is so reliable in delivering top quality progressive music that you can safely buy their new music without hearing a single second of it, and over the span of eight albums, Nemo have not only kept up a high standard, but just kept getting better and better. `Le Ver dans le Fruit' is their most impressive and defining work yet, and intelligent, varied modern progressive rock simply doesn't come any better than this.

Five stars.

 Le ver dans le fruit by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 265 ratings

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Le ver dans le fruit
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars French band NEMO was formed back in 1999. From 2002 and onwards this quartet has been among the more productive practitioners in the European progressive rock scene. As of 2014 they have one live album and eight studio productions to their name. "Le Ver Dans Le Fruit" is the most recent of these, and this double album was released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records in the fall of 2013.

"Le Ver Dans Le Fruit" is a solid double album by the French band Nemo, and one where they document their abilities to produce high-quality compositions where variety is the order of the day. Pace, intensity and expression are all elements that transform, develop or shift multiple times throughout, and even the recurring themes and motifs are subjects to alterations more often than not. The band does appear to have something of an affection for harder edged themes and arrangements, as well as a tendency to pair these off with sequences of a more delicate nature. A production well worth your time if you enjoy bands that will occasionally include everything and the kitchen sink, yet maintain accessible arrangements, incorporating elements familiar to fans of both hard rock and symphonic progressive rock.

 Revolu$ion by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.86 | 291 ratings

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Revolu$ion
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars I wasn't aware of the French band Nemo at all, but they already got 8 studio albums and been recording since 2002. I got to know them because of their latest album, the double Le Ver Dans Le Fruit (2013). So, last year I went to their Facebook page and they had a giveaway for their fans and for the 1.000 likes of their page. They were giving away 50 promo copies of their previous album R?volu$ion (2011) and I was one of the lucky winners!

I was listening to the album on the other night and I was impressed. Nemo's music has a bunch of different styles within their Prog (thus that's why they're considered Eclectic). They have metal guitars, symphonic keyboards, soft passages, intricate patterns and much more. Another good point on R?volu$ion (2011) is that Jean Pierre Louveton sings in French, not English. Sometimes is very good to hear bands that use their native languages instead of English. In general R?volu$ion (2011) is a great album with many different bits for you to go with. You got great tracks like 'Je Suis Un Objet', the double 'Aux Portes Du Paradis/Seul Dans La Foule' and of course, the 24 minutes epic 'Loins Des Yeux (Barbares Parties VIII A XII)'. The only exception bein 'Chiens En Laisse' that's a track I didn't like that much.

All in all R?volu$ion (2011) made me really interested in Nemo and from now on I'll really check them out!

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Angelo for the last updates

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