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ECLIPSE SOL-AIR is a French and German music collaborative formed by singer and keyboardist Philippe MATIC-ARNAULD DES LIONS in 2004. The band began as a quintet who recorded the band's first album, The Dark Side Guide. But quickly DES LIONS realized that this band would have a frequently changing lineup. The band's break came with Dr. Hanz Helmut ITZEL, who became the band's manager and patron in 2010.

ITZEL began to strategize with the band on how to win success. ITZEL began replacing members, supplementing the lineup, and finding concert venues at universities and festivals. ITZEL's stabilization of the band led the new lineup to record their next album, Bartok Crisis, which became their most successful yet in 2011. The band played a number of festivals and competitions, for which they found great success.

In 2013, the band had a new lineup, with DES LIONS now away from the keyboard and solely at the mic. The now septet recorded Schizophilia and released it to much critical appeal.

The band's music is a combination of many styles, both in the progressive realm and the rock realm. DES LIONS compositions draw influences from a range of sources, such as PINK FLOYD, DREAM THEATER, RAMMSTEIN, MARILLION, and others.


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2.48 | 6 ratings
The Dark Side Guide
2007
4.02 | 18 ratings
Bartok's Crisis
2011
3.94 | 23 ratings
Schizophilia
2013

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Eclipse Sol-Air Concert
2008

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5.00 | 2 ratings
You'll See it Tomorrow
2010

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 Schizophilia by ECLIPSE SOL-AIR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 23 ratings

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Schizophilia
Eclipse Sol-Air Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Although it is a different artist for their third album, there is certainly a feeling that this going to carry on where the last one left off, and in a way it does. Of course Philippe Marie-Arnauld des Lions is back, but only co-singer Mireille Vicogne and guitarist Fritzh Hoffmeister return from the previous work. There aren't any guests this time either, and consequently there is a quite different sound as the multiple strings made quite an impact previously. The next thing I noticed is that this album is actually a great deal shorter than 'Bartok's Crisis' at just over 51 minutes in length, quite different to the 82 minutes last time around. The last album really worked due to its' sheer diversity and the listener never really knowing what was coming around the corner next whereas this one works as it is so direct and focused.

In many ways this is a much heavier album, but Horslips and Red Jasper are still influences, although possibly different eras of both. There is plenty of guitar, and still a lot to take in lyrically with songs in multiple languages, and sometimes multiple languages within the same song! No songs more than ten minutes long this time, and the complexity has been somewhat simplified, but this has been replaced with a stronger pop sensibility and there are plenty of hooks to be interested in. This is definitely the more immediate of the two albums and one that can be more easily enjoyed on the first play, but I have to confess to missing the sheer wildness and strangeness of the last one. But, this is still a damn fine album and anything short of 4 *'s would be just wrong. Another album well worth investigating www.eclipse-sol-air.de

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 Bartok's Crisis by ECLIPSE SOL-AIR album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.02 | 18 ratings

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Bartok's Crisis
Eclipse Sol-Air Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Released in 2011, 'Bartok's Crisis' was the second album by this German-French outfit, following on from their debut some four years earlier. At this time the band were a six-piece, although there are numerous guests to boot, but in reality they were the brainchild of Philippe Marie- Arnauld des Lions (vocals, keys, rhythm guitar) who always saw this as a project with a revolving line-up. With male and female vocals and songs in three languages this is a band that obviously wants to be different, yet these are probably the simplest to understand as when it comes to music it is way more complex. Imagine as a base a band that is bringing together strong elements of both Horslips and Red Jasper, and then mixing in a little Renaissance. From there all bets are off as this is an incredibly varied album and there are times when they are pure symph and at others they are obviously neo. The first time I played "Waiting For You" I was amazed to notice at the end that it was more than fifteen minutes long as it just flies by, with some wonderful hooks and loads of different phases.

But that is just the first of the four longer songs found in the middle of the album, with "Benedictus" closing in at 11:06, "Phantome" at 13:03 and "Die Rumanen" at 21:25. It is true to say that there are places here where it does sound as if the long song has been artificially created by putting in some sections that have little connected with the rest (such as the drum solo), but we're progheads so does it really matter? By the end of the album I was totally confused as to what I had been listening to, and just know that I enjoyed it. This feels much more like a theatrical production than 'just' an album, as the songs are often very visual. I have to confess to doing a double take on the last song of the album though, as it is the old sing in a round "Frere Jacques" that I was taught as a young child. It never sounded like this though.

This is one of the longest single discs I have come across, at 82 minutes, and it is certainly never boring! Well worth investigating further, www.eclipse-sol-air.de

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 Schizophilia by ECLIPSE SOL-AIR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 23 ratings

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Schizophilia
Eclipse Sol-Air Crossover Prog

Review by King Manuel

4 stars After falling head over heels in love with Eclipse Sol-Air's brilliant 2011 album Bartok's Crisis, I had high expectations for the follow up album Schizophilia. Reading somewhere that it was produced by Eloy'sFrank Bornemann raised the expectations even higher.

So the big question is: Does Schizophilia measure up to Bartok's Crisis?

Schizophilia is an album that in many ways is similar to its predecessor but at the same time it is also different. We again find a mixture of male and female vocal singing in different languages (English, German, French) and a multitude of musical styles covering a broad spectrum (Rock, Pop, Folk, Classic, etc) all poured into exciting arrangements. This wild mixture is again delivered by highly skilled musicians and sound to me as if they had fun doing this album.

Compared to Bartok's Crisis we find an album that sounds a bit more focused and structured. I guess the producer had some role to play here. As this might be regarded as an improvement, I personally feel an album was created that sounds a bit tamer and to some extent not as exciting as Bartok's Crisis. But don't get me wrong. Schizophilia is still a pretty dam good record and I can only recommend it! If you could for some strange reason only one album by Eclipse Sol-Air I would say, take Bartok's Crisis. If you can get your hands on both of them get both!

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 Bartok's Crisis by ECLIPSE SOL-AIR album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.02 | 18 ratings

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Bartok's Crisis
Eclipse Sol-Air Crossover Prog

Review by King Manuel

4 stars This CD by a German band with French roots was given to me as a present by my brother who said it is one of the best releases he stumbled across in 2011. Yes, and I share his opinion, despite often not having the same musical tastes like him.

What Eclipse Sol-Air delvers musically can already be partially deducted from the cover, a mixture of diverse musical styles: the listener is taken on a journey through Symphonic Prog mixed with Metal, Folk, Neo-Prog, Pop, Classical and Medieval elements. Vocals in English German, French, and other languages. The vocals are delivered by male and female vocalists. Through this musical roller coaster ride highly talented musicianship shines through.

It is difficult to say which track is the best; there is actually not any weak track. The two long tracks "waiting for You" and "Benedictus" are my favourites.

And for those who like comparisons: What comes to my mind is Orphaned Land and Haggard; however this is just a very vague comparison. Somehow Eclipse Sol-Air go much further than those bands . . . and they excite me much more. I will give 4and half stars.

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 The Dark Side Guide by ECLIPSE SOL-AIR album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.48 | 6 ratings

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The Dark Side Guide
Eclipse Sol-Air Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Set up in 2004 in Regensburg, Germany, Eclipse Sol-Air were born after Frenchman Philippe Matic-Arnauld des Lions wrote an ad about ''searching musicians for a revolutionary band''.Several members followed until the line-up was stabilized around female singer Eva Fickert, female violinist Katharina Sorgel, drummer David Bucherl and bassist Benno Schultheiss.This was the core that recorded the band's debut ''The dark side guide'' in 2007, released indepedently by the members.

Basically the sound of the band starts with strong guitar-based Heavy and Hard Rock inspirations with some sort of DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN and even AC/DC influences, mixed inconsistently with Hammond organs, synthesizers and even more weirdly Classical piano touches and Medieval tunes in the vocal parts.Not very charming listening, considering these themes are pretty unrelated, while Fickert's very good English vocals stand out, even if they sound a little poppy.All these just until the middle of the album, where Philippe delivers a very 90's ANGE-type of straight Rock on ''You'll See It Tomorrow'' with French lyrics and good vibes.The long follower ''Part V'' shows eventually some good potential.Nice Heavy Prog with dominant organs, light pianos, professional breaks and strong symphonic passages, even if the mix of French, English and Latin lyrics is again questionable.''Part VI'' shows a darker side of the group with monster guitar moves and powerful grooves, containing also a beautiful folky texture with vintage flutes around the middle, but also a hillarious ending with bluesy hints.''Finalis'' is an average closer.Based on orchestral synths, poppy vocal lines and a few guitar solos, it just prooves the confusing style of Eclipse Sol-Air on their debut.''Outro'' makes me scratch my head why it was added in the first place.Four silent and boring minutes of music out of a childish playing box without any particular reason of existence.

Inconvincing and messed up debut by Eclipse Sol-Air.The two longer pieces have some great energy and very interesting ideas, but overall this work sounds totally directionless and unfocused.Not exactly recommended.

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