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Eclat / Eclat De Vers - Volume 3 CD (album) cover

VOLUME 3

Eclat / Eclat De Vers

 

Symphonic Prog

3.47 | 20 ratings

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3 stars In 1993 Eclat organized a double concert in Marseilles along with Arrakeen, after which keyboardist Pascal Versini quit.Chiarazzo found himself playing both the guitars and keyboards, before Thierry Masse enters as the new keyboardist in May.The following year Christian Magro replaced Laurent Tomann on bass and Eclat played alongside Pendragon.His stint with the band did not last long, in 1995 Michel Isnard switches to bass, but Chiarazzo decided to dissolved Eclat.But in 1996 he reformed the group with new bassist Philippe Troisi and singer Jean-Marc Negre, while he also found his own Kezako Music label.In 1997 the new album of Eclat ''III'' was released.

Negre's addition was some sort of excess, as Eclat had taken a more instrumental approach by ''III'', while the Fusion elements start to become a regular entry in their music.They still made their strong dives into the world of French classic Neo/Symphonic Prog, but you can also feel the technical rise of the group, which now searched for more intricate and complex instrumental themes.At this point they remind me a lot of HAPPY THE MAN, they split their pieces between melodic, symphonic-oriented or groovy instrumentals and some more jazzier flashes with nice piano and guitar parts, while the music has become definitely more captivating, featuring lots of breaks and a slight TIEMKO/EDHELS touch in the parts, where guitar and atmospheric synthesizers dominate the music plus Chiarazzo's guitar moves start to flirt dangerously with an ALLAN HOLDSWORTH/ROBERT FRIPP style.ZENIT are also a good comparison at this point.The keyboard parts retain an obvious Neo touch with a light symphonic vibe, but the guitar and piano parts have more to do with the jazzier side of CAMEL in the smooth passages or the aforementioned guitar heroes' works in the more energetic moments.Surprisingly they appear to be equally efficient like in the past, despite moving to a different direction, while their music holds enough melodic overtones.

Nonetheless a warm, balanced work of instrumental Prog Rock with symphonic and jazzy touches.Not a fan of their mediocre production, but I like the music in here a lot and the album comes recommended to a wide spectrum of prog fans due to its stylistical flexibility.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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