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    Posted: December 18 2013 at 20:49
I say probably because the album isn't due until January 15th 2014, so we only have teasers to listen to at the moment.
 
 
Huis ("home doors" in french, and "house" in dutch) is a five member musical project officially formed by Pascal Lapierre and Michel Joncas at the end of 2009, after an oustanding and inspiring trip in the Netherlands.

At that time, we decided to put on tape (read hard drive!) some ideas we had in mind since a long time. Over time, three other talented musicians, William Régnier, Sylvain Descôteaux and Michel St-Père, joined the band, each one bringing a special touch to Huis’ sound.

Sylvain Descôteaux - vocals
Michel St-Père - guitars (also of the band Mystery)
Pascal Lapierre - keyboards
Michel Joncas - bass, bass pedals, keyboards
William Régnier - drums, percussion
 
The 'Despite Guardian Angels' album is released by Unicorn Digital on January 15th 2014
 
Tracklist:
1. Beyond the Amstel
2. Haunted Nights
3. The Last Journey
4. Oude Kerk I
5. Lights and Bridges
6. Little Anne
7. If by Morning
8. Oude Kerk II
9. Write Your Name
10. Salvation
11. Garden of Dust
 
Total time: 73:00
 
A review by Robert Dansereau at http://www.progmontreal.com/eng/main_eng.html:
 
"Despite Guardian Angels is the first album by Montreal prog rock band Huis. The band is composed of an excellent gathering of seasoned veterans of the Montreal music scene including Michel Joncas on bass, Pascal Lapierre on keyboards, Sylvain Descoteaux on vocals, William Régnier on drums and Michel St-Père on guitars. Formed in late 2009 by Michel and Pascal, with Sylvain, William and Michel joining the band more recently, the quintet hit the studios early in the summer of 2013 to record their sensational debut album. The CD will be released in early January.
 
Despite Guardian Angels incorporates all of the staples of a great prog rock album, including lush instrumentation, odd time signatures, sharp tempo changes, well balanced, omnipresent keyboards with hammond, moog and mellotron tones, mesmerizinc compositions impeccably interpreted, highly cohesive, never going overboard on the symphonic side, and with Michel St-Père's elegant and tasteful guitar work throughout. The album as a whole flows incredibly well between the vocal and instrumental components.
 
The musical themes explored on this album range from medieval sounds inspired by Alan Parsons, to snappy and energetic rock compositions, all the way to soaring melodic symphonic prog rock, and features a well-balanced mix of ballads and rhythmic compositions, with strong classic progressive rock roots, but sill remakably original and refreshing.
 
Highlights are the excellent instrumental compositions Oude Kerk I & II featuring fantastic guitar solos and a great rhythm section, and the stunning Little Anne showcasing Sylvain's melodious vocals, with a serene intro that builds into a lofty crescendo. There are no long epics on Despite Guardian Angels, with track lengths ranging between 3 and 9 minutes, a total of 11 tracks clocking at 73 minutes.
 
What a wonderful new musical discovery! Fans of highly melodic symphonic progressive music will enjoy this new album thoroughly. Highly recommended!"
 

 
 
Some samples:
 
https://soundcloud.com/#huisband (two samples - same streams as in the tubes below):
 
 
 
Really looking forward to this one!  Thumbs Up



Edited by yam yam - December 18 2013 at 21:17
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 20:49
Well, there's no album so there can't be an addition just yet. I suggest bringing them up again when the album is released. Sounds promising. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2014 at 18:19
Well, the album has now been released Worldwide...We should find out which team gets the pleasure of evaluating this fine band very soon indeed!  Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2014 at 18:29
Neo sounds like the best bet, I'll alert the team.
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Added to Neo: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=8678
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2014 at 14:54
Wow! - That was quick work!!  Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2014 at 22:10
Some more tracks have been uploaded to Youtube, so for anyone not already familiar with this fine band:
 
 
 
Cool
 
 
Edit 2: The uploader of four of the new YouTube tracks has decided to make them private, so I have had to remove them again. Unhappy 


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MASTERPIECE! One of the BEST I have heard in years! Thumbs Up
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Very good.
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