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Spleen Arcana


Crossover Prog

3.22 | 25 ratings

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3 stars A project set up in 2006 by French multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Julien Gaullier.He had been part of several small bands in the past and had been composing music since 1994.His experiences led him to form this one-man outfit and in 2008 he released his first solo work with the epic title ''The field where she died'', helped by David Perron on drums and Marie Guillaumet on female vocas.The following year the same album was eventually released also on CD as an independent effort with a great artwork designed by Polish artist Malgorzata Maj.

''The field where she died'' is the result of some 5 years of recordings with tracks dating as back as 1999, when Gaullier performed them as a member of his old groups.After some reworkings he presented his tasteful influences in an album, that draws influences from old-school Symphonic Prog and modern, fiery Heavy Prog in a total sum of five long pieces.This is definitely a grower, a work that develops its inner power with every new spin, as the arrangements are worked in every detail, bursting symphonic elements, powerful grooves, epic orchestrations and lyrical tension.Very good material, which is basically structured around the numerous tempo changes and changing climates, starting from mascular, heavy overtones with dynamic riffing and bombastic rhythms and ending up in orchestral sections and dreamy soundscapes.While the album has most in common with the contemporary Prog scene, Gaullier often displays his love for Classic 70's Prog, adding often some interesting Mellotron colors in his ideas.The rest of the keyboard textures are mostly performed on soaring synthesizers and peaceful piano themes, moreover the use of synths adds sometimes a distinct spacey mood and even a cinematic flavor to Gaullier's compositions.Great song-development, impressive production and expressive, passionate vocals complete a well-crafted and energetic album.

Very interesting work for all fans of modern Progressive Rock, who don't mind a vintage aura in their menu.Diverse, technically competent and bombastic music, no less than strong..3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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