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    Posted: February 20 2004 at 11:12

Hi everyone.

do you know this album? a French prog. rock band. the music is excellent. I really enjoy it. :)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 08 2006 at 16:14

I thought to myself, why not go back to the first threads made on this site (look at the date) and see what interesting things were discussed. And funnily enough I found this recommendation for this excellent album by one of my favourite groups, the French band NIL.

I already recommended it in my thread "I Recommend" so you can read it there, or read the reviews on the page here in PA.

Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinaï

Nil Novo Sub Sole

http://www.nilweb.com/

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2006 at 00:59

Now this is not nice.

This band shuold not be ignored. I only know their two latest releases, but what good albums are those. Is it because they sing in French? Is it becuase not enough recommendations and reviews here? I don't write reviews for several reasons, but this "indifference" is inappropriate , so I maybe I will make an exception and write two reviews for the two albums I have. I truly consider Nil Novo Sub Sole to be one of 2005 best albums.

Here is their bio on their PA page (yes, again):

NIL biography

A blend of JADE WARRIOR and KING CRIMSON with hints of ÄNGLAGARD, this French group treads everywhere from soothing melodiousness to sudden attacks of metal. Their music goes from free to hypnotic, wild, energetic and electric rock, but also pieces which sound like jazz-rock with a touch of Zeuhl or even melodious pop songs.

Their third effort, "Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinaï" ("Forty Days On The Sinai"), is a conceptual work dealing with Ancient Egypt and old gods....the music is a mesmerizing melange of Mellotron and organ laden dark prog enmeshed with flute, searing guitar runs, Chapman Stick, dreamy female vocals as well as dramatic commanding male vocals (all vocals are in French). There are lots of guest artists contributing a wide palette of musical colors - harp, soprano sax, cello and etherial vocals. At times the music is serene and dreamy and then it explodes with a blazing distortion laden guitar solo. This 66 minute work is a breathtaking experience that echoes classic bands like CARPE DIEM and ANGE. The CD comes with 2 booklets - with translations in French and English outlining the story. An overwhelming work and one of the best symphonic rock albums I've heard in quite some time.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

1999 3.00
Good, but non-essential
(1 ratings)
Nil Studio Album
1999 3.00
Good, but non-essential
(1 ratings)
Nocturnes Studio Album
2003 4.50
Excellent addition to any prog music collection
(8 ratings)
Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinaï Studio Album
2005 4.67
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive music
(3 ratings)
Nil Novo Sub Sole Studio Album

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2006 at 07:31
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2006 at 13:04

^^^

FYI, The above mp3 are from their latest release.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2006 at 16:41

* BUMP *

Sorry, my hand slipped.

But while you are here, do yourselves a favour and listen to the MP3 listed above, of this excellent French symph prog band NIL.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2006 at 04:52

And what about NYL, another (older) french band?
They released a unique album in 1976, on Pinha's "Disjuncta" label, with musicians from "Cheval fou", another psychedelic underground band.



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