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Album Review

Rage is Philarmonie's fourth album and their third release for the label Cuneiform. The lineup is the same as on their previous effort, Nord: Frédéric L'Épee and Laurent Chalef on guitar, Bernard Ros on stick, and Jean-Louis Boutin on drums. As soon as "The Ultimate Herald" begins, it becomes clear the band underwent some stylistic changes. The Frippian cycling guitar lines are still there, but the rhythm section is much heavier. Rage is much more aggressive than its three predecessors. It rocks; "Ouigaa" could belong to a Djam Karet album. On the other hand, the band loses some depth in textures and arrangements. The slower numbers like "Thesis" and "Tropical Bourrée" can't compete with the inspiration found on Nord. Still, Rage is an honest album, but sandwiched between the stellar Nord and Philarmonie's swan song Le Dernier Mot (where "rockier" doesn't translate into "simpler" anymore), this one feels a little subpar. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The French group Philharmonie originally consisted of electric guitarists Laurent Chalef, Bernard Ros and Frederic L'Eple, who together play complex, improvisational music. Self-taught guitarist Laurent Chalef has a background in jazz and fusion. At age 18 he established an acoustic guitar duo in which he worked as a composer and studied improvisation. Bernard Ros is grounded in rock, and has worked on composition and improvisation. On Philharmonie's 1994 Cuneiform release, Nord (North), he plays...
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