Talisma - Corpus

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Unicorn Records
Catalog Number: UNCR-5009
Format: CD
Total Time: 43:00:00

As with Rush this instrumental Canadian collective is also a trio, delivering a superb array of well balanced compositions. Both guitar and keyboards sound perfect in the mix whilst a thumping bass nicely keeps both wagons on the progressive rails. Strange how both bass and keyboards are delivered by the same Donald Fleurent, occasionaly resulting in certain priorities disturbing the logics of the composition. It looks like every song has been conceived in a different way so we can only hope that the band has now finally found the ideal way to compose their songs. It's not really easy to name certain references here because various approaches and atmospheres constantly turn up, however I think it will be no surprise to say these guys lean heavily towards fusion. No doubt these extremely talented musicians each deliver the best of themselves turning their talents towards a certain Return To Forever feel. On two songs, their cocktail of rock, jazz, classical and even Latin is further furnished by Nathalie Renault's "scat" vocals. It makes "Samba Tapping" a very swinging whole, which most certainly would do ever so well during the forthcoming carnival in Rio de Janeiro! On this album Talisma also tackles some classical highlights out of the Bach repertoire where during "Gavotte" and "Rondeau" the 6, 7 and 12-string basses of Fleurent are given a field day. Then again "D Double U" sounds like a mix between Dream Theater and Philharmonie. Corpus is a varied, inspiring and technically perfect album delivered by a trio of friends of whom we will no doubt hear much more of in the future. It would be nice if these guys could open for Rush when the latter go on tour!

Crisis / l'EmpalÉ / Corpus / Satanusky / Le Druide / Samba Tapping / Gavotte En Rondeau / Step Flange / Freezone / Interlude / Corpus II / Untitled 5/8 / D Double U / Mr. Twitts / Mandoly

Donald Fleurent?- 6, 7 and 12 string bass, fretless bass, 12 string guitar, mandolin, synthesizers, guitar synthesizer
Martin Vanier - electric guitar, 12 string guitar, Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer
Mark Di Claudio - drums, percussion


Nathalie Renault - vocals
Alain Boyer - drums
Félix Leroux - percussion

1994 (demo) (1994)
1999 (1999)
Corpus (2003)
Chromium (2005)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin CA

Added: July 25th 2004
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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