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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars After reading a few glowing reviews here (and being myself a neo prog fan), I decided to tackle this one. My, was I disappointed...

Honestly, I don´t know why this band is labeled as Neo Prog. This french outfit has such a complex, intricated, almost chaotic sound that does not reminds of any of the so called prime neo prog bands, like Marillion or Arena. Their music should be called eclectic prog or, maybe, symphonic prog, for they are both, really. Not that I like it much, even if their most obvious influence is King Crimson (a band I love). Don´t get me wrong: the overall sound is good, the musicians are skilled and the production is great. The problem is that they seem to complicate matters just for the sake of it. Excellent ideas are sometimes spoiled by the overcomplex structures, the unecessary shifting rhythms and overkill arragements.

Also there are the vocals: Pascal Bouquillard is a good singer, but his sometimes overdramatic deliverings are irritating far too often. It is a pity, because they´re really terrific players. but their music is not exactly what I call pleasant to the ears. It seems Saens wanted to sound original, whatever it takes

If you like complex music (even at the expense of harmony and melodies), you should try this one. But if you´re looking for neo prog music (meaning bands like Marillion, Arena, Pendragon, IQ, Jadis, etc) forget it. There is NOTHING neo prog here as far as I´m concernedr. Be warned.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |


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