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Founded in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2001

KARCIUS is an instrumental group aiming at playing a mix of progressive rock and fusion jazz music. Four instrumentalists created the band at spring 2001: Dominique Blouin on bass, Thomas Brodeur on drums, Simon L'Espérance on guitars and Mingan Sauriol on keyboards. The group objective is to develop different musical ideas and explore styles to generate a surprising and diversified music. The improvisation and written music stand side by side generating a unique and particular musical concept. KARCIUS invites you in its universe of rhythms, colours, images, emotions and ambiances.

KARCIUS exceptionnal musicians devotes unceasing work and true passion to their art.

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KARCIUS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.55 | 53 ratings
Sphere
2004
3.32 | 42 ratings
Kaleidoscope
2006
4.11 | 69 ratings
Episodes
2008
3.88 | 53 ratings
The First Day
2012
3.81 | 58 ratings
The Fold
2018

KARCIUS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in France
2019

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KARCIUS Reviews


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 Live in France by KARCIUS album cover DVD/Video, 2019
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Live in France
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars It's following the invitation to the Crescendo festival in France that Karcius decided to record and write their last album "The Fold" who is played entirely here. The live show is the best way to promote your album for all bands. The sound of Karcius has evolved over the years. If the first albums were recorded like sketches of improvised music exploring many styles of music, "The Fold" is the new sound of the band that had a more clear idea of what kind of music they wanted to create. Sebastien L'esperance guitarist and producer has been listening to plenty of metal recently and wanted that heavier sound in the new album leaving the Jazz style of the past behind.

If the dark atmosphere of the new album is present here on this live show, half of the show contains songs from "The First Day" and "Episodes" which gives some lighter material to digest. The song "Incident" brings some lighter mood with his Caribbean flavor to change the pace and mood of the first 3 tracks. There are some instrumental songs with their past Jazz influence, and the last one "Purple King" is on the heavier side of things. We can appreciate the talent of every musician here including the drummer. The highlight song for me is "Hardwired" with his groovy beat and the mean vocals. The concert has been mixed in surround nicely and the new album as well.

 Sphere by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.55 | 53 ratings

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Sphere
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Fine jazz-rock fusion debut album from Karcius!

Produced by Victor a Montréal and Jonathan Cabot, the disc was recorded between 2001 till 2003, and the sound is sadly just average despite the incredible musicianship that the band contains. This irregular production make the tracks suffer throughout the whole album with some moments where the instruments tracks just don't fit like the band pretended.

Nevertheless, the compositions are a very stimulating mixture of the best jazz-rock fusion imaginable much in the vein of Chick Corea, Return to Forever and similar acts, with some really heavy guitar riffs which are the best part of the album in my opinion. This controlled power explosions make the hearing of Sphere not boring at all and always surprising, making it a very worthy jazz- fusion album for me, although that's usually not my cup of tea.

Best Tracks: Liquid Meat (rough and surprising song, with scratchy and dirty keyboards), the suite Lunatik (top-notch jazz-heavy fusion) and Absolute Decadence (stunning guitars towards the end)

Conclusion: having only heard Sphere and The Fold from Karcius, I must say that I clearly prefer the last one. Nevertheless, Sphere is a jazz-metal fusion record with enough funny moments to resist many plays.

Strongly recommended!

My rating: ***

 The Fold by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.81 | 58 ratings

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The Fold
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Fifth album from Karcius, and the first that I have the pleasure to hear!

The Fold is a very Porcupine Tree and Steve Wilson influenced album with glimpses of King Crimson and some jazz touches. It's a very stimulating and funny mixture between beautiful, melancholic and mellotron-infused melodies broken by very hard guitar riffs and even some hoarse vocals. Very similar to Porcupine Tree in concept and style, but maybe with some transitions between soft and hard not as good implemented and natural as the Steven Wilson's band.

The playing of the band is not virtuoso oriented, with some exceptions like the incredible bass solo in Goodbye, but they make a very good job in general terms. Nevertheless, I think that this technical playing is not necessary in The Fold because the truly important fact of this album is the songwriting, which is marvelous except for a pair of rough contrasts and some fragments which are not so splendid as the rest.

Best Tracks: the level of the album is outstanding! So, it's really challenging to pick separate tracks of this record. But if I must choose, I would pick the mellow and obscure Something, the very The Raven that Refused to Sing sounding and very well singed Goodbye, and also the incredible Burning My Dreams, which contains the best riffs of the album.

Conclusion: Karcius has created a truly remarkable modern prog-rock record with The Fold. Maybe its style is not the most original one because this music automatically brings other artists to mind, as I mentioned before. But the songwriting is so good that it's impossible not to enjoy this album if you are into modern prog.

Specially recommended for Steven Wilson and King Crimson fans!

My rating: ****

 Sphere by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.55 | 53 ratings

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Sphere
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by ElNapalmo

2 stars Karcius is a Canadian quartet of instrumental Prog-Fusion, created in 2001. The debut "Spheres" had an independent release in 2004 but the reissue that I have in hand is a 2006 remastered version by the Canadian label Unicorn. I never got to listen to the original edition but, the sound in this remastered is excellent. The cover artwork is not that original or interesting but, it achieves its purpose, which is to perfectly reflect the sound of the album. This is a mix of Progressive Rock with a lot of fusion jazz (which is not my musical preference), with some Latin influences ("Evolution" sounds like a jam session with Santana) to some traditional Rock. There are a few above-average tracks, such as "1111" (the best track on the record) and "Kunid'", but for me, this type of Prog-oriented instrumental Jazz becomes boring after a few tracks. I'm not able to listen to the CD from beginning to end. Don't get me wrong, the album is not bad, the guys know what they're doing, they're great musicians, but this is not the kind of music I listen to in a daily basis. Besides, being a good musician is different from being a good composer. This sounds very mechanical and uninspired. A little more soul and some experimentalism could add extra interest to the band and their work. This is the kind of material that will appeal only to diehard fans of Progressive Rock / Jazz-Fusion and to musicians obsessed by musical perfection rather than by heartfelt and soulful music.
 Kaleidoscope by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.32 | 42 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars With their publicity still stuck within the Canadian borders, the four young instrumentalists from Quebec had the chance to meet Unicorn Digital's boss Michel St-Pere and sign a deal with the label.St-Pere not only agreed to release the band's second album, but committed to reissue Karcius debut as well.''Kaleidoscope'' was exclusively recorded at the RCA Studio in Montreal, where Simon L'Esperance had also the chance to learn a lot on sound engineering.The album was released in 2006.

Another bunch of long Heavy/Fusion instrumentals with a more precise performance, more compact arrangements and a well-balanced sound was the proposal of Karcius in ''Kaleidoscope''.While their style remained very technical and complex, the fair amount of atmospheric tunes and melodic themes indicate a new direction for the band, the one that combines virtuosity and technique with accesible and easily digested tunes.Again the focus is on the jazzy side of Progressive Rock with good individual solos, tight instrumental lines and bombastic passages with full-blown guitar and keyboard moves.They sound like if RETURN TO FOREVER and KING CRIMSON shared the same stage, offering intelligent guitar tricks, ethereal piano preludes and powerful keyboard runs.As with many bands of the style, they often enter a more improvised world, dedicated to loose soloing and abstract deliveries, but these come during their otherwise very dense and well-executed arrangements.Overall the result is pretty satisfying with lots of complex moves but also some decent atmospheric/melodic textures.

A step forward for the band.''Kaleidoscope'' finds Karcius in a mature phase.Nice instrumental Heavy/Fusion with a balanced sound.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 The First Day by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.88 | 53 ratings

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The First Day
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Karcius is a Canadian group that was formed in spring 2001 with Simon L'Espérance on guitars, Thomas Brodeur on drums, Mingan Sauriol on keyboards and Sylvain Auclair, who joined the band in 2009, on bass and vocals. This is their fourth album to date, but the first with Sylvain as there has been a four-year gap since 'Episodes' which was released in 2008. Karcius refuse to sit within the 'normal' prog boundaries, as they are also heavily influenced by jazz, RIO and even African rhythms. The end result of the melding of these is an album that is always interesting, always pushing the boundaries, but not always necessarily easy to listen to. There are times when the music just feels angular with sharp edges as the staccato use of piano chords puts a menacing edge onto the proceedings.

There is no doubt that this is often challenging, yet for those who persevere you will find some great music contained within. "The Word" starts as if it is going to be a metal monster before changing into something that is quite different, with vocals that are quite laid back and feel almost throwaway/demo in atmosphere which puts a very different slant on the whole song. There is often a strong use of piano and fretless bass in combination, and this mix of cold and warmth is a very powerful dynamic.

Truly progressive, this album will alienate a lot of listeners but is definitely worth investigation.

 Episodes by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 69 ratings

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Episodes
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Karcius from Quebec, Canada have so far released 3 instrumental albums, all of them quite eclectic with regards to the styles played in the various pieces the comprise them. With Episodes, I hear a band that has developed, and for lack of a better word, matured; they are more delicate and precise in their way of delivering their instrumental pieces, more refined than before. They are still as varied as before, conjuring up different styles and playing in a dynamic fashion. In their first release in 2004, Sphere, which I very much love, they had a rawer approach and it was an eclectic affair that toyed with catchy tunes, heavy parts mingled with jazzy elements and cheerful melodies. Going forward to 2008 and their release Episodes, this is still a diverse offering, but one that has a refined and distilled sound of the band, with an underlying link between all the pieces; the progressive rock and fusion of the three-part main piece, Elements and the Spanish flavoured composition Incident to the mellow blues/reggae/jam tune Racines. The refined sound owes to the song arrangements and to the musicianship. There is fabulous playing by all musicians here; listen to the bass licks and drumming on Elements II: Sol; to the guitar and piano on almost each piece. It's a feast to the ears.

Elements alone is a reason to get this album. Fading in it starts delicately with a relaxed yet steady, particular drumming rhythm (heard more in the back of the mix) and a soothing bass line, soon joined by the piano and then guitar, welcoming us into this beautiful palace of sounds that awaits us. A wonderful Pink-Floydian guitar solo proceeds as the full band engages their playing. From here on is a 30 minutes of delightful rich sounding music that is divided into 3 parts (but is continuous). There are climaxes and emotional peaks, heavy parts at times even aggressive (around minute 5:30 in Submersion, the first part and at the beginning of part 3: Combustion), quieter parts, jazzy interludes, fusion and rock segments, darker moments, lighter and happier parts and so on. The music in each part revolves around the main theme, playing with it, changing it, maneuvering it and developing it to make it interesting and appealing (and succeed in doing so). The 3 parts themselves dissolve seamlessly into each other and make up a fascinating listen as a whole piece. In Incident, a fabulous Spanish flavoured theme is presented with violin embellishments here and there. The chorus, if I can call it that, is a splendid powerful part of piano and acoustic guitar together in a swirling movement, going back and forth, creating a magical moment. Levant is a short piece serving as transition to the piece Purple King as well as repose from the intensity of the music thus far. A mellow piano solo piece composed by the player (Mingan Sauriol), it's a beautiful composition that showcases what I suspect is a classical training. I'd love to hear more from him. Purple King start with a cool bass line, giving a mysterious vibe of something that is stirring up and about to reveal itself in its full magnificence. The ambience created here is outstanding, as the guitar licks add to the suspense and later electrifies the air. This is enhanced by the wonderful organ playing that creates a spell-binding atmosphere. This is a great rock piece by the band as the music twirls and weaves itself around the main theme, adding additional elements and layers to it until a peak at about 4:30, where it bursts further more as the lead electric guitar takes full charge of the situation and leads the band, with powerful drumming backing it up and the ever present Hammond organ delivering haunting playing. A highly intense track, no wonder it is followed by the tender and Racines with its bluesy/reggae and jam-like approach to close the album. It does speed up about 3 minutes in a fusion-on-acid like style only to go back to the original theme about a minute and a half later.

Karcius present in this album several Episodes, each with a unique theme and style. Much like their previous album, this is an eclectic affair, but it works very well for me and it's a great pleasure to listen to their music. I look forward to their next one.

 Kaleidoscope by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.32 | 42 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I was blown away by their debut "Sphere", and I must say that this sophomore release by this Quebec Fusion band is impressive. Yes you can insert the word "but" here. I don't know, I just don't have the same excitement for this album. "Been there done that" are sort of my thoughts on this one, only they did it better the first time.

"Hypothese A" is the best track on the album as far as i'm concerned. It's fairy relaxed with keys until it kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes. Great sound ! Check out the bass after 2 minutes. Nice guitar with piano follows. The tempo continues to shift and they also continue to contrast heavy and light. "Maintenant" is where they slow it down as we get a light sound with lots of piano and bass. It's ok. "Destination" is more aggressive thankfully. Lots of guitar as piano comes and goes. It settles 3 1/2 minutes in with some excellent drum work. Kicks back in a minute later.

"Tunnel" opens with some outstanding guitar as drums pound. It settles after 1 1/2 minutes then tasteful guitar comes in. He starts to rip it up before 3 minutes. The heavy and light continue to be contrasted. "Hypothese B" is the longest track at over 11 minutes. Piano intro as the guitar cries out. It settles with some clapping then kicks back in. Settles again before 8 minutes with some relaxed guitar to the end. "A-O-14" features some heavy drums early as the guitar makes some noise. Piano joins in after a minute as the drums stop. Nice guitar solo after 3 1/2 minutes then the heavy drums return. It's ok. "Epilogue" builds as the guitar comes in. A calm after 2 1/2 minutes to the end. Piano and clapping once again. "Hypothese C" sounds great to start, and the drums sound fantastic a minute in. It turns fairly jazzy. Check out the guitar 6 minutes in and the drumming that follows. Laid back piano ends it.

Good album, just not a great one.

 Episodes by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 69 ratings

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Episodes
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by OceanTree

5 stars This is such a great album that I don't even know where to start!

This is a great example of what this band can do. They blend together different styles of music together so well putting together softer sides and heavier ones without brutal changes. They put together jazz, metal, rock, latin, folk, you name it. The songs are really evolving and ever changing.

Yes their main influence is clearly jazz but without too much improvisation. The tracks seem calculated to a high degree. There is no place for some 16 minutes solos or anything. They really focus on melodies which are mind blowing and since there are no vocals they speak with their instruments making the emotions even stronger. In one song you can go from ambitious to happy to angry to spooked.

The musicianship is marvelous. The drums beats vary with great transitions and accuracy. The drum tracks are just... WOW! The bassist is also very talented and masters different techniques so to adapt to the many genres they ride during the long songs. I could say the same for the pianist and guitarist. ...And if you can see them live DON'T MISS IT! Seeing them playing those pieces of art with such enthusiasm makes them even better.

Great melodies, musicianship, genres adaptations! I just don't know why they are not that known on Prog archives...

if I could give more than five stars I would

 Episodes by KARCIUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 69 ratings

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Episodes
Karcius Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Always restlessly approaching their interests in an eclectic sort of prog rock that mixes jazz-rock, psychedelia, fusion and symphonic textures, the guys of Karcius have released yet another gem in their repertoire by the end of 2008: "Episodes" is a marvelous exhibition of how much creatity these guys carry in their minds and souls in order o keep their artistic proposal fresh and renewed. As always, this band's sonic framework is loose enough as to fluidly incorporate sources of musical power that somehow relate their essence to the standards of prog-metal. You can also notice some bizarre progressions and ornaments that feel quite close to the challenging pace of avant-prog. This album doesn't fall short concerning these assets, but as I said before, Karcius does not replicate itself. "Episodes" comprises some new explorations related to space-rock, which in turn serves as a motive to emphasize the psychedelic factor that had already been present in preceding albums. The three sections of 'Elements' open up the album in a most revealing fashion. 'Submersion', the autonomous title of the first section, openly flirts with he dense flow of your regular spacey psychedelic rock. At first, Suriol's piano keeps things on a level of dreamy majesty, but it is only when l? Esperánce's lead guitar comes to the fore that the track meets its main body and crucial development. Things pretty much get heavy-prog, featuring an incendiary guitar lead augmented by an ominous choir mellotron. The opening motif then returns, partially capturing the increased energy. The last two minutes get very spacey, with a bass guitar riff that paves the way for the emergence of 'Sol', the second section. This one is more celebratory, elaborating a jazz-funk groove that might as well remind us of Weather Report-meets-Brand-X. Near the end, things get hardened, linked to the current era of jazz-rock. 'Combustion', the suite's third section, benefits from this particularly explicit momentum, with a first part that combines metallish riffs and Floydian environments: there is something grayish, subtly sinister about it. After the 6 minute mark, things get tighter up to the point of arriving at LTE-like territory. The epic conclusion provides a reprise of the bridge between sections 1 and 2. This suite has been simply lovely, a manifestation of the album's main virtues as a whole. 'Incident' is more patently fusion-oriented, clearly influenced by good old Return to Forever (mostly due to the Flamenco-like atmospheres), but there is also that aura of musical extravagance that sounds closer to bands such as The Lonely Bears. The piano sonata entitled 'Levant' is only 2 ½ minutes long, but that's OK since its Gershwin moods are developed in a most efficient manner. A lovely piece, indeed. In this way, the listener is prepared to listen to 'Purple King', a solid rocker in which the lead guitarist seems o pay homage to Allan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck. The progressive ornaments that go settling in allow the band to teach a lesson of prog metal even if it is not a prog metal group. There is also an organ solo very worthy of a special mention, in which we find traces of Lord's exquisiteness and Emerson's vibration. 'Purple King' can be fairly regarded as the album's zenith. 'Racine' occupies the album's last 9- minutes. This one is very much like Ozric Tentacles: starting with a white reggae vibe, later on the track shifts towards a space-rock momentum augmented with fusion touches. This is very similar to Ozric Tentacles at their most sophisticated. Ultimately, the first motive is reinstated in order to provide a cosmic relaxation with agile spacey textures. All in all, this albums doesn't equal the robustness of 2kaleidoscope", but it is not to say that this album is soft or lacking stamina. It has lots of stamina, indeed, but the band has put it in a more subtle level. Karcius still rules!
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