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Artist:

Lalu

Album:

Oniric Metal

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.0


Vivien Lalu is mostly known for his work with Hubi Meisel on the EmOcean. Also the upcoming Shadrane's Neurastasia has already gained some publicity on the Internet. In a way, Lalu's Oniric Metal was done in order to ease the wait of the Shadrane project.

The music on Oniric Metal is progressive metal with dreamy keyboards and varying song structures. The music flows effortlessly and the keyboards create a nice atmosphere to the whole record. Overall, the material on this record is pretty good. The performances are solid as the line-up consists of many experienced musicians for example, Ryan van Poederooyen (the Devin Townsend Band) on drums and Russell Bergquist (ex-Annihilator) on bass.

Oniric Metal has been produced rather well, since the sounds are to the point. Unfortunately, there's some background distortion on the recordings (however, it occurs only few times). Nevertheless, the mastering has been done quite well.

Since the release of the Shadrane project is postponed all the time (it was supposed to be released in 2004), Lalu's Oniric Metal is a welcome sight. For the most part, it contains nicely flowing atmospheric progressive metal that doesn't lose its appeal after few listens.

Release date: March 25th, 2005


- MAGE (March 9th, 2005)




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LINE-UP:
Lalu, Vivien: Keyboards
Wolters, Joop: Guitar
van Poederooyen, Ryan: Drums
LeMar, Martin: Vocals
Bergquist, Russell: Bass
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Lalu - Oniric Metal  CD  Cover Image
01. YesterDayMan
02. Wolven Eyes
03. Windy
04. Night in Poenari
05. Moonstruck
06. Moonstop
07. Starwatcher
08. PotBoy: the Final Fantasy

Length: 60:22
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