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4 stars From the dephts of obscurity comes this band from France with only one album released self titled in 1978 and re issued by mighty Musea more den a decade after, this band really surprise me a lot. First because was one of the most promissing progressive rock bands from late '70's not only from France and second because the line up was formed by teenagers eager to show and play what they like most - progressive rock in vein of Yes, King Crimson and Genesis. Quite talented young bunch of musicians showing some amazing skills here with plenty of memorable passages that goes from heavy prog to really great symphonic prog moments. Opening with the long Tristan & Iseult with top notch guitar parts remind me of King Crimson, followed by some engaging pieces like one of my fav from here Le château d'Orphée with beautiful guitar work and great keybords and Epopée a brilliant symphonic prog tune very much in vein of Genesis and Yes in their best moments aka Lamb and Close having some fiery instrumental section in the midlle and end of the piece with blistering keybords and guitars, excellent all the way. I like a lot how they manage to play so easy and alternating very well between heavy prog sections with more symphonic ones. Fianal - the final track is another worthy one in every aspect, complex symphonic prog as every one wants to here, great. The Musea re issue has 5 bonus, some cover versions, ok only the shorter verions of Close to the edge and Hairless heart from Lamb that goes pretty well in this context. So, 4 stars easy, even in some parts the sound quality is little precare, I must confess that I was attracted more by the excellent prestation of these youngsters, that showed great potential somehow with this album. Never find any direction after this was released they disbanded in summer of 1979. Great, unkown and forgotten little treasure from the golden era of prog.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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