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Lord of Mushrooms


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This French quintet from Nice began covering bands such as Spock’s Beard and Marillion as well as the heavier Rush and Dream Theater, influences that pop up on their eponymous album, released in 2002. The band consists of highly skilled musicians with instrumental chops to spare such as guitarist Laurent James, a disciple of Frederic L’epee (Shylock, Philharmonie), whose jazzy lines will remind you of John Goodsall from Brand X. The other members are keyboardist Quentin Benayoun, drummer Volodia Brice, bassist Julien Negro, and frontman Julien Vallespi who sounds a bit like Gary Chandler of JADIS and sings in a totally unaccented (American) English.

Their album shows a typical American approach to composing, with light-jazz sounds that give the music a bit of a “lounge” or “easy listening” feel. Simultaneously complex and catchy, intricate yet accessible, their pieces are a refreshing mixture of fusion, hard prog, melodic prog and some metal, all gelling naturally. Not the most challenging type of music by any means but complex enough to stand repeated listenings, and surprisingly mature for a first effort, thanks to the excellent musicianship from the entire crew and a top-notch production.

Particularly recommended to art rock fans who appreciate high technical proficiency. Could also please Jadis fans, although the LORD OF MUSHROOMS’ style is much more complex.


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  • 4rion

    You can check what he's doing now here :

    28 Jan 2:46pm Reply
  • Ianlu

    quite decent comeback: I really loved Seven Deadly Sins and Julien Vallespi's spectacular voice in particular, shame he's not onboard anymore, even if the new singer has a very similar voice (maybe too similar: sometimes he's like imitating the old singer, and the comparison becomes inevitable). All in all Perspective is a good album and show some new influences (like those from the seventies in Grace, among others), but it's way far from the awesomeness of Seven Deadly Sins. Anybody knows anything about Julien Vallespi?

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CharadeFacade

    Quite nice. It's a shame they don't even amount to 1,000 listeners yet; we'll get there, though. ;)

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MorGanMG

    Very good prog!

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shabranigdo666

    spotify has both cds

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Trolllis

    where i can get thei songs?

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Goffe

    Indeed... they deserve some fame :p

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • The_Thomas

    Damnly underrated...

    12 Apr 2008 Reply

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