Exposé Online banner

Lemur Voice — Insights
(Magna Carta MA-9015-2, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Insights Cover art

When they give out the awards for the weirdest band names, Lemur Voice will surely be at the front of the line, right up there with Public Foot the Roman. Names aside, if anyone longs for the kind of speedy, technical prog-metal that Dream Theater delivered so well on their first album and thereafter abandoned in favor of more conventional commercial stuff, this five-piece from The Netherlands can still crank it out the way it was meant to be. Mention must be made of guitarist Marcel Coenen right off, as his soaring leads and textures give their sound much of its character. Keyboards, mostly in the form of synth chords behind the vocal passages, piano patches in the more atmospheric sections, and in hand-to-hand combat with the guitar leads, are also deserving of special mention. The album's second track, "Akasha Chronicles," has so many rapid and convoluted changes going on at breakneck speed that it's hard to keep track of — and ranks right up there with "Ytse Jam" for determined technicality. Though it must be understood that there is a lot more to this band than pure metallic crunch, which starts to become evident after the first few tracks, when the band eases into some different styles; vocalist Gregor van der Loo is not your average metal screamer, and adds considerable depth to many of the pieces here. The compositions go well beyond the standard fare into fertile territories influenced by jazz and melodic prog, without stooping to the benign commerciality that afflicts so many bands in this particular genre. In fact, the album's longest track, "Alone," exhibits in its twelve minutes the complete range of Lemur Voice's palette of styles, which in fact is pretty damn impressive. If one wants wall-to-wall relentless buzzsaw prog-metal with shrieking vocals, this is definitely not the place to find it, but if one is looking for a band capable of that, and a whole lot more, Insights might be a good place to look into.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Lemur Voice

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Machiavel - Mechanical Moonbeams – This is at least the third CD reissue of this third album by the Belgian band Machiavel: a near-bootleg issue transferred from scratchy vinyl was released in the late 80s, then last year it was...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues