NiL - Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai (Forty Days In The Sinai)

Year of Release: 2003
Label: NiL Records
Catalog Number: NiL03
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:58:00

Sometimes I find myself listening to music that is so good that I can't seem to find the right words to express my appreciation. Such is the case with NiL's third album on their self-named label, Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai.

A massive concept piece, Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai details the rise and fall of Atlantis and its progeny, ancient Egypt. I'm a sucker for concept works, and NiL's epic ranks among the best I've ever heard. Every bit of Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai is flawlessly played and beautifully sung. Nearly all sub-categories of progressive rock are represented, from breathtaking symphonic rock to tricky RIO to jazz fusion to straight-up heavy metal, seamlessly meshed together to effectively evoke a sense of ancient civilization and catastrophic change.

To make the experience multi-dimensional for listeners, NiL has included a beautifully crafted booklet that contains literary and historical word-of-mouth references for the events portrayed in the epic's many musical segments. And to make Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai even more accessible, the booklet features translations in both the band's native French and English.

A beautiful, mesmerizing work, Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai may be progressive rock's greatest surprise entry this year, and NiL certainly deserves to be recognized for their marvelous achievement - buy this one in droves! As for those words I can't seem to find, one will have to do?. WOW!

Acte I (36:16) / Acte II (26:42)

David Maurin - prepared guitars, flute, gong, bass clarinet
Samuel Maurin - bass, stick, voice, Aegyptian incantations
Benjamin Croizy - synthesizers, mellotron, church organ, Hammond organ, piano, MS 20, timpani
Frank Niebel - drums, percussion

Additional musicians:

Roselyn Berthet - vocals, ethereal voices
Eric Vedovati - vocals
Samy Cyr - ethereal voices
Anne Cayrol - cello
Hervé Franconi - soprano saxophone
Francois Pernel - harp
Audrey Casella -narrator

Nil (1999)
Nocturnes (1999)
Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai (2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin FR

Added: April 20th 2003
Reviewer: David Cisco
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Language: english


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