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3.70 | 31 ratings

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3 stars Lalu is a prog metal band who release two albums since now. The name of the band is take from the musician's name Vivien Lalu, he is more of a guest musician and composer than playing in a single band, working with some great bands from metal zone like Shadrane or with the german musician Hubi Meisel. Second album was released in 2013 named Ark after almost 8 years silence from this band. Another impressive line up with bass plaer from Symphony X - Mike LePond, guitaristSimone Mularoni from DGM, excellent omnipresent drumer Virgil Donati, Martin LeMar with vocal duties from Tomorrow's Even and now in Mekong Delta and of couse Vivien Lalu on keybords, so a super group. The album, musically is not something new, but is very well produce and played, creating on some pieces a atmopsphere hard to describe in words, you must listen to convinced is great. The progressive metal is on every track, good chops and time signatures, delivering a solid metal album. The musicianship is tight and awesome. Each instrument sound crystal clear. Something to mention is that while all the music is composed by Lalu he never bursting on keys, he doesn't have fast key solos, he only keep the atmosphere of the piece on the right direction. I might say he has some very intristing arrangements, he never shows his technical playing like other prog metal kyebordists but for sure he can create some beautiful soundscapes and intelligent elements. In the end even I find Ark a quite solid prog metal album, I don't think is better then the first, but close I might say. Forte tune Revelations, an epic clocking around 20 min, a real pleasure.3 stars rounded to 3.5 for sure.
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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