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Elora: Crash

Elora, is a progressive rock band from Marseille, France, that sings their songs in their native language. However, the powerful feelings and emotions are never lost in translation. The band is made up of: Damien Dahan and Anastasia Soeiro Moussali, on vocals; Lionel Giacobbe, on guitar; Jean-Vince Filipini, on bass; Patrice Cannone, on keyboards; and Julian Beaumont, on drums.

The band name was inspired by Jean-Vince Filipini's daughter's name back in 2004. They have been playing venues in Marseille, ever since. They self-released a four track EP, back in 2010. But, 2013, looks to be their best year; with recent invites to the Prog Sud and Crescendo in France, Prog66 Meeting in Belgium, and the Progressive Promotion Festival in Germany.

Anyone listening to this CD will immediately understand what the buzz is all about. This is brilliant modern prog, with some hints back to the Neo period. The pairing of Dahan and Moussali's vocals, often singing in duet, is an immediate bonus from the opening. Dahan does most of the lead singing, with Moussali, providing soft aesthetics.

However, Anastasia Moussali gets her own lead track, "Ici Encore"; yes, "Here Again", and she fills it with emotion and feeling. Moussali and Dahan's vocals are difficult to find comparisons, providing another great advantage to their sound. "Control" is another of Moussali's best showcases on the album. She lifts her voice to soprano levels at times.

The musicianship on this album is excellent. Giacobbe's lead guitar is always inspired, especially on "Ici Encore". Filipini's bass is solid throughout the album providing that deep sound balance with all the sparkling keys from Cannone. "Elle" is another great showcase for the bass talents of Filipini.

Beaumont's drums get a good work out on the two part mini – epic "Espere". Moussali's vocals also shine well on both tracks of the set.

Cannone's keyboards, effects and piano fill every extra space in the soundscape here with magnificent sounds.

The album's title and closing track, "Crash" is an over eight minute epic showcasing the talents of the entire band, especially Giacobbe's lead guitar work, Filipini's bass, and Beaumont's drums.

This is an excellent new addition to modern progressive rock. Climb on board the ever crowding bandwagon while you can. After all…who doesn't want to hear French sung with such emotion and feeling, set to soft and interesting progressive harmonies?

Track Listing:

1. Se Taire
2. Elle Espere
3. Anneee Lumiere
4. Ici Encore
5. Espere 1
6. Espere 2
7. Control
8. En Paix
9. Elle
10. Crash

Added: June 4th 2013
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Related Link: elorarock.com
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Elora: Crash
Posted by Neoprog on 2013-06-05 09:27:25
My Score:

I love this review.
Elora is a really great french band with Weend'ô too.
So thank's to write this.
Just a little mistake, language : french 8-)




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