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Spleen Arcana: The Light Beyond the Shades

In his review of Spleen Arcana's debut album The Field Where She Died in 2009 SoT's Dean Pedley described the album as, "well crafted and thought provoking." He also noted that Spleen Arcana's main man Julien Gaullier had a "vocal style that could easily draw comparisons with the likes of Anathema." In many ways all these observations remain true five years later.

In other ways Gaullier has broadened his palate somewhat whilst remaining devoutly progressive and true to his muse. There may well be only three tracks on offer but none of them scrimp in the value for money stakes with "Momento Mori" clocking in at around the twenty five minute mark. The key word to describe The Light Beyond the Shades would be eclectic. At times it is Floydian, at others The Doors come to mind…King Crimson feel like they're in the mix and the aforementioned Anathema especially on "Erin Shores". In short, if you visit this website this should be right up your progressive street.


Track Listing:
1) Erin Shores 12'00
2) Fading Away 10'16
3) Memento Mori 24'07

Added: February 19th 2014
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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