Lazuli - (4603 Battements)


8.4 | 25 votes |
Release date: 2011
Style: Progressive rock

Owners:

15 have it
3 want it


01. (
02. Je Te Laisse Ce Monde
03. Le Miroir Aux Alouettes
04. Dans Le Formol Au Muséum
05. 15h40
06. Les Malveillants
07. Quand La Bise Fut Venue
08. L'Azur
09. Saleté De Nuit
10. Festin Ultime
11. )

Trying to resume this album with the Prog Rock tag is bound to fail. This is some beautiful, eerie, haunting music, with otherworldy soundscapes (thanks to the Léode), finely crafted melodies and some quite crushing crescendos. Because no, they aren't metal, but they can play some heavy and powerful stuff indeed.

And the mood? Think somewhere around Riverside, but maybe a bit more sad and despondent with the actual state of the world. And for those of you who can actually understand French, you're in for a good deal more listening pleasure, as the lyrics are poetic and really beautifully written.

A must listen for prog fans... and all the others too!

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Comments: 16   Visited by: 112 users
03.09.2011 - 15:46
MechanisT
Account deleted
Interesting. I'll pay them a visit. Soon.
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03.09.2011 - 21:20
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
It sure sounds good. I need more time though.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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04.09.2011 - 04:37
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
So...very...catchy!
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06.09.2011 - 05:18
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
Now this is something, I can't even describe how I feel about this one yet. It is so refreshing, so original, that it is almost too alienating. That doesn't make much sense, but I'm going to have to let this one ride for a while, maybe understand it better. Nice staff pick though...
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06.09.2011 - 19:39
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
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Written by Introspekrieg on 06.09.2011 at 05:18

Nice staff pick though...

Thanks! I already knew the band a bit before, but never really checked what they did apart of a few songs on Myspace. Then Ivor told me they had just released a new album... Et voilà !
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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26.09.2011 - 03:32
Rating: 9
Susan
Smeghead
Wow. Wow. Wow. What took me so long to finally listen? This is beautifully unexpected.

'Ole Pip is right above: this is refreshing and original. Yet, I don't find it alienating I find it welcoming What's so truly refreshing about this album for me is that so many "original," "unexpected," and "refreshing" bands are really in-your-face about it, being crazy and over the top "different." Lazuli is subtle about it. They're just some dudes making good music they like that happens to not sound much like anyone else. Done.

That's what makes a good album to me.
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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05.01.2012 - 14:08
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
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Written by Susan on 26.09.2011 at 03:32

Wow. Wow. Wow. What took me so long to finally listen? This is beautifully unexpected.

'Ole Pip is right above: this is refreshing and original. Yet, I don't find it alienating I find it welcoming What's so truly refreshing about this album for me is that so many "original," "unexpected," and "refreshing" bands are really in-your-face about it, being crazy and over the top "different." Lazuli is subtle about it. They're just some dudes making good music they like that happens to not sound much like anyone else. Done.

That's what makes a good album to me.

Well, I like both the crazy-in-your-face original approach of bands like Unexpect (or Devin Townsend with Deconstruction), and the subtly beautiful one Lazuli (or, in a different area altogether, Thy Catafalque) use
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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14.01.2012 - 23:37
3rdWorld
Offline
Straight-to-the-point and original meloprog. But why am i seeing this on a metal website? Nice stuff though.
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03.02.2012 - 19:21
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Patricia on 03.02.2012 at 19:11

Un album qui tourne en boucle chez moi.


rules says english or english translation....no french or other speech
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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04.02.2012 - 22:51
Rating: 10
Patricia
Written by Bad English on 03.02.2012 at 19:21

Written by Patricia on 03.02.2012 at 19:11

Un album qui tourne en boucle chez moi.


rules says english or english translation....no french or other speech


I don't know how to write this in English and It's not possible to translate with English translation. But you can try.
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05.02.2012 - 01:37
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
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Written by Patricia on 04.02.2012 at 22:51

Written by Bad English on 03.02.2012 at 19:21

Written by Patricia on 03.02.2012 at 19:11

Un album qui tourne en boucle chez moi.


rules says english or english translation....no french or other speech


I don't know how to write this in English and It's not possible to translate with English translation. But you can try.

An album that I spin continually / an album that is on auto-repeat at home
(or something similar)
Not perfect, but the meaning is there!
----

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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05.02.2012 - 10:26
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Darkside Momo on 05.02.2012 at 01:37

Written by Patricia on 04.02.2012 at 22:51

I don't know how to write this in English and It's not possible to translate with English translation. But you can try.

An album that I spin continually / an album that is on auto-repeat at home
(or something similar)
Not perfect, but the meaning is there!


Out of curiosity, what are the lyrics about? I kept reading 'Battlements' whenever I looked at the album title so I thought for quite a while it had something to do with castles
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05.02.2012 - 14:27
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
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Written by R'Vannith on 05.02.2012 at 10:26

Out of curiosity, what are the lyrics about? I kept reading 'Battlements' whenever I looked at the album title so I thought for quite a while it had something to do with castles

Most of them are either about society, relationships and/or time (BTW, the album's title means 4603 beats). They are a bit... well, not depressed, but a bit sad at the actual state of the world. Like in "Je te laisse ce monde", as the chorus means: 'son, I leave you this world, like one leaves a burden; son, i leave you my dreams, like one leaves a raft'. Well, it doesn't sound this well in English, that's because it doesn't rhyme
Other examples could be "15h40" (it's about someone who's just looking at the clock, waiting for work to end), "Les Malveillants" (literally malicious, malevolent people), while "Festin Ultime" is a song-long play about writing, sentiments, and the final feast of someone who's about to die (as far as word play is concerned, think about Martin Walkier's lyrics)
Hope that was enough
----

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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05.02.2012 - 15:18
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Darkside Momo on 05.02.2012 at 14:27

Written by R'Vannith on 05.02.2012 at 10:26

Out of curiosity, what are the lyrics about? I kept reading 'Battlements' whenever I looked at the album title so I thought for quite a while it had something to do with castles

Most of them are either about society, relationships and/or time (BTW, the album's title means 4603 beats). They are a bit... well, not depressed, but a bit sad at the actual state of the world. Like in "Je te laisse ce monde", as the chorus means: 'son, I leave you this world, like one leaves a burden; son, i leave you my dreams, like one leaves a raft'. Well, it doesn't sound this well in English, that's because it doesn't rhyme
Other examples could be "15h40" (it's about someone who's just looking at the clock, waiting for work to end), "Les Malveillants" (literally malicious, malevolent people), while "Festin Ultime" is a song-long play about writing, sentiments, and the final feast of someone who's about to die (as far as word play is concerned, think about Martin Walkier's lyrics)
Hope that was enough


Many thanks! It sounds like the lyrics match the music then, the sound does give a slightly melancholic (but not depressed) feel. Songs like 'Les Malveillants' made me feel like they were dealing with something emotionally charged.
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05.02.2012 - 17:17
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
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Written by R'Vannith on 05.02.2012 at 15:18

Many thanks! It sounds like the lyrics match the music then, the sound does give a slightly melancholic (but not depressed) feel. Songs like 'Les Malveillants' made me feel like they were dealing with something emotionally charged.

Yup. No one specific is named in "Les Malveillants", but the song is as you say emotionally charged, so I'm pretty sure the singer (who also wrote the lyrics) had someone(s) specific in mind.
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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30.03.2013 - 15:52
Rating: 9
Diverge
An absolute classic. Their warm sound always cheers me up.
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