Exposé Online banner

Opram — Live
(Musea FGBG 4782, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2009-07-01

Live Cover art

Opram is a young French band that plays a blend of heavy metal and progressive rock. After releasing their first disc in 2005 the band decided to issue a performance recorded November 25, 2006 in Gap, France as their second outing. There are five songs lasting about 30 minutes and two bonus video songs. These guys rock hard, but unfortunately it all sounds the same to me with very little variation. In fact I played the disc in my car and failed to notice that it had reached the end and started over again with track one. The two video tracks are a bit hidden on the disc. You have to know that they are there and then open the disc and drill down a couple of directories to locate the two .wmv files. The videos are interesting and show that the band does put on a good show with lasers and smoke, but for me the music is still in the same boring vein as the other five live tracks. Perhaps my lack of interest comes from not understanding the French lyrics. It is obvious that their fans adore the band, but it may be a regional thing. This band is not for me.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Opram

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...

Josiah - No Time – I can close my eyes and really believe that I'm listening to some long lost British heavy rock classic from 1970 on the Vertigo label. Josiah has that sound down cold. Think Sabbath, Motorhead, Uriah...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues