Le Mur — Silentia Nova
(Bandcamp no#, 2013, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-07-11
A lemur is a primate from Madagascar and the name derives from Roman mythology meaning ghosts or spirits. I’m not sure how that relates to this young German band, but they do compose and play heavy dark trip rock music similar to Colour Haze. Their name appears either as Lemur or Le Mur and they have been performing together since 2006. They attracted some initial notice from an English label who wanted to release their debut album In Tenebris, but it never came to pass, so Le Mur released it themselves. Silentia Nova is their second and is actually the second part of a planned trilogy. The seven songs are for the most part instrumentals with the occasional vocals peppered throughout. During their wild and edgy moments Le Mur reminded me of Chrome (Damon Edge and Helios Creed), but without the raucous vocals. Overall, Georgios Dosis (drums), Janine Ficklscherer (bass), and Matthias Graef (guitar, vocals, organ, and sax) have created some excellent extended space-rock jams with strong prog rock influences. This is great music to listen to while driving or just mellowing out. I look forward to hearing more from this band.
Related artist(s): Le Mur (Lemur)
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