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4.19 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prologue (0:47)
- Act I: Spring
2. Scene I: A Slow Vertigo (7:48)
3. Scene II: Sophrosyne (5:00)
- Act II: Summer
4. Scene I: Utopia (4:48)
5. Scene II: Hķbris (7:52)
6. Transe H.L. 2 (2:48)
- Act III: Autumn
7. Scene I: Genesis (5:42)
8. Scene II: Dystopia (3:33)
- Act IV: Winter
9. Scene I: Nemesis (3:09)
10. Scene II: ...The Harsh Verdict (8:02)
11. Epilogue (2:24)

Total Time: 51:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Stephan H. / guitar
- Nehl AŽlin / vocals, accordion, keyboards
- Loic Moussaoui / drums
- Stephane Bťguier / bass

Releases information

CD Code666 Records (2011 Italy)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Just to get a couple of things out of the way, firstly this isn't an anthology and also this is actually their second album and not their fourth. This French outfit came together in 2002, with Stephan H. Zag-Zero (guitars/concept-story), Nehl Aelin (vocals/keyboards), Loic Moussaoui (drums) and Stephane B'guier (bass) and have been working on this album for the last couple of years. There are some songs such as 'Utopia' that are just strange (much in the vein of some of System of a Down's quirkier moments), whereas others are a little (but only a little) more straightforward, but the only debate to be had here is whether this is prog metal, symphonic metal, or avant-garde metal? To be honest, who cares? This is complex music played with passion and aggression yet always with stacks of melody and often some great piano to provide a little lightness.

The production is stunning, but when one looks a little closer at the credits it is hardly surprising as it was recorded and mixed by S.Biguet (Trepalium, klone, Comity...) and mastered by Brian Gardner (Down, Lamb of God, Queen, Suicidal Tendencies, QOTSA etc). There are times when Nehl reminds me of Candia from Incubus Succubus with her good clear vocals, but she is adept at many different styles which is just as well given what is going on with the music. It can be acoustic and gentle one minute then strident and domineering the next, truly progressive as it moves through lots of different styles and emotions ' but always with a metal base.

This is heavy stuff, and needs to be played at a high volume, but if you enjoy music that is both heavy and moving in different directions then this should be on your player.

Review by Warthur
4 stars The Tragedy of Nerak resembles what would happen if a symphonic metal band along the lines of Nightwish were locked in a room and had avant-prog and jazz albums from the likes of Henry Cow played at them for a few days straight without sleep. Keyboardist-vocalist Nehl AŽlin mixes up clean vocals with some downright startling growls as the band lurch about in an experimental frenzy. Occasionally, the corset-bound coastline of gothy-symphonic metal can be seen on the horizon, but for the most part this band explores uncharted waters, attempting to apply jazz ideas to symphonic metal in much the same way as Atheist or Cynic did for death metal.

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5 stars You like diversified Avant-Garde Metal but think that bands such as Ebonylake, Le Grand Guignol or UneXpect are tough to digest? You like epic Symphonic Metal with some experiments but think that bands such as Nightwish, Rhapsody Of Fire or Therion happen to be too overloaded for you? You like ex ... (read more)

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