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CHILDREN IN PARADISE

Crossover Prog • France


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French band CHILDREN IN PARADISE was born from an idea concieved by front woman Kathy Millot (aka Dam Kat) in 2007. Guitarist Gwalchmei Hengrist joined the project immediately, while Loc Blejean (Uilleann pipes, whistles) joins in 2008 alongside Hilaire Rama (bass) and Pat O May (guitars), the latter appearing as a guest musician when they record their debut album later on. Patrick Boileau (drums) joined in 2009, completing the initial version of the band. When they hit the recording studio in 2011, Philip Turbin (keyboards) temporarily joined for these sessions.

Children In Paradise's debut album "Esyllt" was released at the start of 2012, and album and band both were given a favourable reception worldwide. For the live performance of the album some line-up alterations was in store, with Jean Marc Illien (keyboards) and Stéphane Rama (bass) replacing studio keyboardist Turbin and initial bassist Hilaire Rama respectively. Kathy Mellot is currently working on a follow-up album, tentatively planned for a 2014 release.

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4.57 | 14 ratings
Esyllt
2012

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 Esyllt by CHILDREN IN PARADISE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.57 | 14 ratings

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Esyllt
Children in Paradise Crossover Prog

Review by Mind_Drive

5 stars Prepare for the most unique listening experience since the discovery of "highlander psychedelic ambient blues folk rock"!

This is the perfect example of a band pushing the boundaries of music through the unthinkable mixture of different styles, creating very exceptional and highly enjoyable soundscapes.

This extraordinary creation takes you on an emotional ride through lush ambience, dramatical climaxes and bittersweet melancholy.

With old middle-european legends as theme and the spare but extremely efficient use of the Uilleann pipes you litteraly feel like standing in the foggy highlands, wet grass under your feet - listening to a mothers sorrow or witnessing a raid of a little village in this dark and mystical times.

The only drop of bitterness (in terms of album-quality) is that i feel the second half of the disc to be just a little weaker then the first - as if it was meant to close less emotional, the most memorable moments for me are found in the earlier stages. but still:

For it´s uniqueness and originality, the lovely soothing voice of Dam Kat, the great guitar soli and the awesome use of Uillean pipes - what a powerful instrument! - i´ll give this debut 4.5 / 5 foggy tears of hope!

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 Esyllt by CHILDREN IN PARADISE album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Esyllt
Children in Paradise Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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5 stars I thought I'd try something different this time 'round: I feel like reviewing an album that is not new, but deserves your attention all the same. As my biography states, I run a page on Facebook called The PROG Mind. Well, I get all kinds of music sent to me there, and Dam Kat, the singer for a band named Children in Paradise, introduced me to her band's first album. I want to say right now---I'm ever so grateful.

Children in Paradise's debut album "Esyllt" was released in 2012, so it's not overly old. However, it's definitely one of those albums that flew under the radar. This French band has quite a style of progressive rock, infusing it with atmosphere, cinematic style, and Celtic flavor. If there's one thing that I'm a sucker for, it's Celtic elements in music. And Children in Paradise deliver on ALL fronts here. "Esyllt" is a wonderful work, full of gorgeous melodies, incredible ambiance, ethereal soundscapes, and an emotional connection that one will not find often.

I have to laugh as I look at the list of influences this band claims. Everything from Dead Can Dance and Pink Floyd to Howard Shore and Led Zeppelin is present, and I laugh because I love almost every band they mention! First and foremost, I can hear Pink Floyd and Dead Can Dance, but the mighty Tull and others are definitely present, as Children in Paradise display a dark, moody, folksy atmosphere in much of "Esyllt". However, it isn't dark in the creepy sense, but instead it's blackened with tears and depth of topic.

The band pulls all of this off with an array of instruments. First of all, Dam Kat's voice is the centerpiece. Her voice is a celestial palette of emotion and feeling, and you can almost hear her tears. She makes this album what it is, and I believe she has become one of my favorite female singers. Just as important, though, is Gwalchmei's guitars. This is where the Gilmour influence is evident, as he plays soaring, complex solos with ease. These guitars only add to the emotion present, and are easily one of my favorite parts of the album. Patrick on drums, Stephane on bass, Loic on pipes and whistles, and Jean on the keys all add their own touches to the mysterious music, from the folksy vibe added by the pipes to the pure beauty added by the keys. The band feels tightly knitted already, and no one is competing for showtime. This is a band with emotion and art as their goals.

But what about the album itself? "Esyllt" is a variety of legends and myths, from King Arthur to Tristan and Isolde. I love this sort of thing, and so I was excited to hear how the band would portray the stories. The band outdoes themselves in crafting music that just seems to fit. Right away, they give us the sad "Little Butterfly", the sacred "King Arthur's Death", and my favorite track, the supremely emotional and sorrowful "My Son". The heartache and the pain in the deaths of loved ones are only matched here by the sublime music and emotive guitars and pipes. Each and every track on "Esyllt" is a treat, from the haunting "The Battle" to the hopeful "I'm Alive". And, as the ethereal atmospheres swirl around you, you can't help but feel the spiritual and inspired nature of the music as a whole. It's truly a mesmerizing experience from beginning to end.

As of now, Children in Paradise are working on their second album, and I, for one, can't wait. I can't wait to experience the sounds and powerful ambiance again. This band has something truly special and truly unique here, and I can't get enough right now, either of the amazing vocals or the musical perfection. And, so, Children of Paradise, certainly influenced by many of my favorite bands, are certainly not caged by their influences. They, on their very first album, have created something new, beautiful, and unforgettable. This, my friends, is an album to own and share with those you love. I know I will.

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