Saturday 16 December 2017
Orion - Le Survivant (2017)
The fourth album from this French band.
Orion was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitar synths, guitars, keyboards and French vocals.
The band had help from some guest musicians who provided drums, bass, piano, guitars and xtra vocals.
I have reviewed their previous four albums for # 1 of this blog. You can read my reviews here, here and here.
I rate Orion as a very good French symphonic prog band. The references to Ange, Atoll and Mona Lisa is obvious through their first three albums.
These references are also obvious on the three quarters of an hour long Le Survivant. An album which deserve to be labeled French symphonic prog too.
The music is pretty dramatic and has diffent moods and themes. It is not as theatrical as Ange. Le Survivant is much more melodic and is leaning more towards Camel than a fully theatrical Ange.
There is a lot of very good melodies on this album and the vocals is very good too. The guitars are a bit low in the mix. But that is not a big problem.
Le Survivant offers up some very good French symphonic prog, rich on both guitars and keyboards. And I really find this album very enjoyable and very good too. Orion is a band well worth keeping an eye on.