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4.13 | 38 ratings

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4 stars This Canadian trio already released two good to very albums prior this one. Both of them were seriously Crimson oriented and were (almost) instrumental pieces.

When I discovered ''Introssimo'', I found it quite symphonic during the first part, while KC got back later on: a darker and heavier feel floating on this music. This is a charming track which marvellously combines eclectic with symphonic. A highlight and one of their best track ever, IMO.

The band is also used to present short tracks, and is again the case here. But none of ''Bosse De Fou'' or ''Ibliss'' could draw my attention.

What's new with this album, is not only that several song titles are in French (this has already been the case: ''L'Empalé'' or ''Le Druide'' from their first album for instance) but that there are somle sung tracks.

''Iseult'' is the first of them, but even if I'm a native French speaker, I can hardly understand what is said here. It is due to the fact that the singer is using a vocalized style which makes it rather difficult to understand. Anyway, I far much prefer the second of those ''sung'' numbers: the title track actually. But, apart from the great opening number, I can't say that this album is on par with their earliest efforts.

It gets much, much better with the beautiful ''L'Aube'' (dawn). This is a remarkable and dramatic track: passion all the way through. Keys to start with and then a truly sublime guitar part. Very symphonic and poignant. As some Nordic bands can be (''Änglagård'', ''Anekdoten''). Another highlight. ''Astromuz'' is of the same vein as well (but waaay too short to my taste).

The frenetic ''Od'' is another Crimson little baby: wild rhythm, scary and oppressive atmosphere. This could perfectly fit as a soundtrack for a horror movie. A great track indeed, but very dark.

The symphonic side of the band is back with the closing and longest track from ''Quelque Part'' (somewhere) that is a fine way to end this album. I hesitate between three and four stars. I would have loved to rate it as seven out of ten. So, let's u!pgrade it to four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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