Exposé Online banner

Galaad — Premier Février
(Musea FGBG 4070.AR, 1992, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 1993-12-31

Premier Février Cover art

Galaad is another group in the new wave of European neo-progressive bands recording and mixing their debut CD Premier Février between July and September 1992. Galaad is the quintet of Pierre-Yves Theurillat (lyrics and vocals), Gianni Giardiello (synthesizers and piano), Sébastien Froidevaux (electric and acoustic guitars), Gérard Zuber (bass), and Laurent Petermann (drums and percussion). I think that Premier Février is a concept album since their CD booklet contains a seven page story and lyrics, but I cannot read French. Galaad composes and plays intricate melodies employing some enticing techniques. The opening song "Janus" starts with the sounds of birds and someone walking down a busy street eventually leading to a heavy pounding beat and progressive fireworks. "Blasphèmes" initially sounds like a scratchy 78 rpm Galaad recording and then kicks in to full blown chord changes and drums. Theurillat’s lyrics dominate the songs rarely allowing an instrumental break. His dynamic and emotional vocals have the same quality as Peter Hammill. I don’t think you could say he is singing a melody in the “classic” sense. Theurillat is telling a story, as in opera, conveying the message through the emotive quality of his voice. Giardiello’s keyboards and Froidevaux’s guitars supply the elaborate melodic content. It is not until you hear "Votre Mère" and "Sabliere" (the two eleven-minute songs) that Galaad cuts loose and your speakers sizzle with electricity! These two songs offer the broadest range of emotions on the CD full of shifting moods, angry and savage singing, complex rhythms, soaring guitar solos, fantastic Moog synth lead lines, and beautiful pastoral flute and piano duets. Galaad is a band with a unique yet a definite French approach to neo-progressive music. They are a band to watch!


Filed under: New releases, 1992 releases

Related artist(s): Galaad

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Red Star Revolt - Red Star Revolt – Red Star Revolt is a power rock trio (Aaron Nava: vocals, bass, keyboards; Clutch: guitar, keyboards; and Dino Cuneo: drums, percussion) based in Denver, Colorado who came together in 2007. This...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues