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Neural Mass biography
Neural Mass was formed in Montreal in 1995. That year, they recorded the album "Descent Into The Lower World". The album features Gary X Floyd - keyboards and vocals, Sylvain Rodrigue on drums, Marcel Babin on guitars and Pierre-Paul Doré on bass.

In 2002, they released their second album "The Unbreakable Aqua-Mask of Europa". The album features guitarist Francis Lafortune playing on a track entitled "The Lamp". The rest of the album was recorded as a duo. Soon after recording "The Unbreakable Aqua-Mask of Europa" , they began composing material for their next album "Sunshine Hill".

The album follows a very loose concept/plotline. It is the story of 2 simple-minded individuals who get into deep trouble with a criminal organization, the police, women and various merchants while on a ''business'' trip abroad. The ''story'' ends with one of them prostituting himself to old ladies. After the basic tracks were recorded (drums / keyboards), the band sought out guest guitarists to help give the album a harder edge. The band released Sunshine Hill in 2003. It features guest guitarists : Mark Tremblay, Serge Labreche and Francis Lafortune.

The seedy subject matter and the sometimes abrasive lyrics were never ment to be everyone's cup of tea, but then again, Neural Mass has never been about compromise. The album received some airplay on prog-rock radio websites and was very well received by the critics who unanimously recognized the band's originality. Radio stations in Canada, Us, Portugal, South America and Turkey also began playing it on air.

The band then decided to re record some of the stronger songs from the first three albums with a more aggressive prog-metal approach along with two newer songs. The resulting album, Opposite Control, was released online and on CD in 2007. A live album called Playing for Fans was also made available online. Both of these albums feature Mark Tremblay on guitars and Fred Thompson on bass who were an integral part of the band at that point. Sadly, Fred Thompson passed away in August 2007.

Rodrigue & Floyd have just completed a new album entitled "Final Warning" a disturbing journey to the end of the World.

Neural Mass are:
- Sylvain Rodrigue (Drums/Vocals/Lyrics/Bass Synth/Theremin,Graphic Design
- Gary X Floyd (Keyboards/Bass synth/Theremin/Lyrics/Back Vocals)

Thanks to Gary X for the bio.

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2.10 | 2 ratings
Descent into the Lower World
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Unbreakable Aqua-Mask of Europa
2.50 | 2 ratings
Sunshine Hill
3.00 | 2 ratings
Opposite Control
2.05 | 2 ratings
Final Warning

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Playing For Fans

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 Final Warning by NEURAL MASS album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.05 | 2 ratings

Final Warning
Neural Mass Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Canadian band NEURAL MASS has been around since the mid 90's, and until 2010 they had four studio albums and one live production to their name. "Final Warning" is their sixth album in total, and was self-released in 2010.

Neural Mass describes their latest creation as "a disturbing journey to the end of the World". It is a mostly dark affair, chaotic and slightly repetitive, but I can see how many might be charmed by this musical journey towards Armageddon too, a sort of apocalyptic musical journey where the ghosts of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis dish out random motifs to a steady rhythm in something of a lo-fi manner. If that sounds interesting, you'll perhaps want to find out more about what this Canadian band has to offer.


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 Descent into the Lower World  by NEURAL MASS album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.10 | 2 ratings

Descent into the Lower World
Neural Mass Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars NEURAL MASS are a strange band.In their music someone hears influences almost from any prog genre.Maybe that's their basic problem of the group.The central idea of course is the music of DREAM THEATER but in a rock and not in the metal way.There are hints also from PSYCHOTIC WALTZ,JOY DIVISION,some modern art rock bands like RADIOHEAD,elements from jazz/rock,there's even some flutes reminding me of JETHRO TULL.I would compare them musically with Swedish proggers A.C.T.,but A.C.T. are for sure two or maybe more steps beyond.The other basic problem are the vocals.In some songs they are expressive and seem to fit with the music but in other ones they are too at least average for a prog band.Best song of the album is the last,which is an instrumental piece of really great music in the vein of DREAM THEATER showing that the band has talent.Perhaps a less complicated style in their music and vocals would give the band a lift to the prog community...


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