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    Posted: June 11 2013 at 05:11
Kimura is a French band based in Liancourt, Oise.
 
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Kimura as it is today was the result of an encounter between Caroline Varlet, aka Ysleenn, (vocals, lyrics) and Ludovic Roux, aka Deweak, (composition and keyboards, vocals, lyrics). After starting out as a group in 2007 playing a repertoire of covers of heavy and neo-progressive bands like Porcupine Tree and Marillion, Kimura was re-formed as a duo in 2008 after several band member departures, and the two co-founders undertook the task of writing their first album. Taking inspiration from the worlds of science fiction and video games, Caroline introduces the concept of the story that will become Aleryon, and Ludovic uses his many influences from the world of music to compose a decidedly progressive accompanying score, skillfully mixing metal riffs with classical and Celtic sounds and also the electronic sounds that are soon to become the defining characteristic of the 'new' Kimura. They are subsequently joined in 2011 by two additional members, who form the powerful rhythm section that becomes the core of the new group, and they are now able to take their concept album on stage. Kimura is a young band that reminds the public that progressive rock is very much alive and well.
 
Members:
Ludovic Roux (Deweak) / keyboards, vocals, programming
Caroline Varlet (Ysleenn) / vocals
Xavier Dutthilleul (eX Cess) / guitar
Manon Lagache (Bette Rave) / keyboards and guitar
 
Additional Members:
Nicolas Bazin / bass, Franck Cougard / drums
 
Former members ** **
Mathieu Surmon / guitar, Thomas Roland / bass, Charles Evrard / drums.
 
Influences:
Porcupine Tree, Marillion, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails
 
Deweak himself has a long history as a solo artist, being involved in numerous and quite varied projects over the years, and you can read all about those here: http://www.deweak.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=64
His solo samples, of which there are many, can be heard at: https://soundcloud.com/#deweak, or http://www.myspace.com/deweakmusic.
 
The Kimura debut album 'Aleryon' was released on March 22nd 2013, and is a science fiction story and rock opera featuring a hero called Ayrin on the green landscapes of Aleryon:
 
Tracklist:
1. Prologue (3:41)
2. The Village of Saerys (6:01)
3. The Other Side (5:06)
4. Dagnir (4:03)
5. Before the Storm (5:43)
6. This Day (3:54)
7. That Night (10:15)
8. Here and Now (4:23)
9. The Return (5:52)
10. Epilogue (5:57)
 
Short samples all ten tracks can be heard here: http://www.deweak.com/index.php/boutique.html
Longer demo versions of the ten tracks making up the album can be heard at: http://www.myspace.com/kimuralive
 
Track three:
 
 
Track eight:
 
 
Montage of clips from the album played live at Pacific Rock (Cergy-Pontoise, France), October 2012:
 
 
 
 
They class themselves as Celtic/Neo progressive, and I guess that's not too far off the mark... Cool


Edited by yam yam - June 14 2013 at 06:31
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DamoXt7942 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 13 2013 at 22:41
Checked their stuffs. Great ones indeed ... Neo-ish flavour they have indeed, but too mainstream-y for Neo.
Crossover is one of their best places, methinks.

Anyway, "Kimura" is one of the most popular Japanese surnames (like "Brown" or "Smith" in English bloc) hehe. Tongue
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Thanks Keishiro! - Will take to the team. Thumbs Up

 

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