Nemo - 'Le Ver Dans Le Fruit'

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Nemo - 'Le Ver Dans Le Fruit'

I urge you to check this out.

I don't know if our Reviews Editor was being mischievous when sending me this album as he is aware of my struggle to enjoy vocalists with strong accents and poor diction; however in this case the band sing in their native tongue, French, rather than butchering English. Consequently, whilst I don't understand a word I was still able to enjoy it musically. It is quite eclectic and at times experimental so would probably be an album one would want to sample before buying.

This is Nemo's 8th studio album of their thirteen year career and fans of the Prog genre will find plenty to enjoy across the twelve tracks spread over the two CDs as the material is varied and maintains interest throughout. The album's title is apparently a French idiom that translates as 'the worm is in the fruit' meaning the damage is done and can't be reversed which blends with the underlying theme of the human race being manipulated.

The a cappella 'Stipant Luporum' is a splendid opening that juxtaposes the heavy material that follows rather nicely. 'Trojan (Le Ver Dans Le Fruit)' is one such track with guitarist JP Louveton and keyboard cohort Guillaume Fontaine riffing furiously and injecting the chops and time changes one expects from Prog. 'Milgram, 1960' maintains the Metal style before 'Verset XV' injects a different flavour which demonstrates the band's skills as musicians, songwriters and arrangers. Delicate and contemplative initially, the song meanders along until Louveton injects a delightful solo which builds in intensity. A ghoulish sounding synth takes over before Lionel B Guichard's bass starts a new theme that the other instruments add to as layers are developed until it gets pretty dense only to finish as quietly as it began.

There's more wonderful guitar on 'Un Pied Dans La Tombe' which is possibly my favourite track as it weaves between subtle and heavy. Elsewhere on the album the band mix various styles including a smattering of Blues ('Opium') as well as Celtic influences such as the seventeen minute epic, 'Arma Diania' that brings the album to a close. The use of acoustic guitar across the album brings a nice balance to proceedings otherwise the tracks could have been rather samey.

A word about the overall package, the cover artwork and that in the booklet is excellent and shows the band are keen to present themselves in the best possible light. I would urge you to check this out, it won't meet every taste but I think it will surprise a few despite the language barrier; the music speaks for itself.

Gary Marshall

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