Progresiste is a french paper magazine,
Gilles, one of the Progresiste people, sent me a scan
of the review and Chucky (a good friend in Canada) translated
it in english. So, here you can download the original
review and read the translated one with a note from
"Heres the translation Jurrie! French
is a really flowery, twisted and colorful language and
it sometimes lose some of its charm when translated
to english. I did my best to keep as close to the writers
intention as possible. Enjoy!
Chucky, your secretary"
Among the staff of the magazine, apart from some really
crappy dish plates that come our way, we have a tendency
to get amazed and get awestruck at the material that
we come across and that we have to review in our column.
What do you want, we are childish this way, but this
is how you like us, isnt it? To make you find
out about some gems we get off on and appreciate our
discoveries is our mission.
In the staff, we all have our own speciality, but the
progressive section is really dear to us all...and this
is my territory! Especially the neo-progressive part
(The good quality one, that is).
After this quite long introduction, it wont be
much of a surprise to you folks if I tell you that I
really dug this Dutch group (Dutchmen playing neo-prog
music...How bizarre!). And I was seduced in many ways.
First, the deliciously biting guitars of J. Teeuwen
which, when he is not blazing in one of his epic solos,
lets himself loose into rock spillovers filled with
devilish jubilation. Alike his 6 strings ace friend,
the keyboardist that we will call Michiel Kramp here
goes on his own with energetic solos and symphonic layers.
It is no surprise to find them being so tightly complementing
each other since theyve been friends and fellow
musicians ever since their sweet teens...(12 and 13
year old). Along these two leaders, lets point
out the excellent singer Raymond Van Kooten and an inventive
drummer who used to play in a fusion group beforehand
(and its quite obvious listening to his playing!).
They are also not shy at claiming their main influences:
Marillion, IQ, Pink Floyd, Saga, Genesis...but also
Lukather, Vai and Satriani! The 11 pieces on this album
are refering to these influences by the structural elements,
general atmosphere and also by the way of playing. This
comes particularly true concerning the guitarist. This
is pure neo-prog, flavorful, without outstanding originality,
I give you that, but still really melodic and I would
recommend it to anyone desiring to make the big step
at listening to prog-rock material.
So there is this new excellent band coming out of nowhere
and, without warning, are already establishing themselves
as a group everyone will have to keep a close eye upon.
the original french copy here
Reviewed by Jean-Luc Piérard / http://www.progresiste.com