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Miriodor: Signal 9

Read "Signal 9" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, the influential French-Canadian prog rock outfit Miriodor releases its 9th album. Since its formation in 1980, the band has been nestled within the Rock in Opposition movement alongside cutting-edge ensembles such as Henry Cow (UK), Art Zoyd (France) and Univers Zero (Belgium). Hence, the premise behind much of this was in response to the music industry shunning rock-based units that elevated matters into highly artistic or unorthodox art forms. It's more about a team-based approach. You won't ...

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Miriodor: Cobra Fakir

Read "Cobra Fakir" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hailing from Canada, Miriodor's 35-year existence has yielded a fruitful discography, as the band is nestled within a Rock in Opposition (R.I.O) stylization that transcends progressive rock into various spatial aspects and genres. The musicians share this categorization, steeped in experimentalism with European ensembles, Present and Univers Zero, for example. Now a trio, the artists' current manifesto includes prog rock, electronica and off-kilter diversions amid thorny time signatures and punchy backbeats. Indeed, the trio's multitasking approach yields beneficial results.

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Miriodor: Avanti!

Read "Avanti!" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The seventh release from this French-Canadian band that boasts a thirty-year union, offers more musical wizardry and unanticipated surprises interspersed throughout these seven vibrant works. The core quartet is augmented by a horn section on select tracks. Here, multilayered dream sequences engage polyrhythmic and complex theme-building exercise that aim to taunt a willingly receptive mind's eye.

The musicians generate quirky, polytonal melodies, sometimes spiced with a sense of antiquity due to keyboardist Pascal Globensky's or bassist Nicolas Masino's ...

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Miriodor: Mekano

Read "Mekano" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This twenty-year old Canadian band draws upon components of the “Rock In Opposition” sound witnessed by the Belgian outfit, “Univers Zero” and others of note. Here, with its fifth effort, the ensemble along with special guests, engage in a predominately upfront rhythmic attack amid quite a few complex time signatures. However, the musicians display great depth while incorporating, a slightly in-your-face demeanor into a set, brimming with interweaving choruses, unanticipated detours and whimsical themes. Essentially, the band creates a melodramatic ...


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