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ANOXIE

Symphonic Prog • France


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ANOXIE are a late 80's, early 90's French symphonic prog band founded by keyboard wizard Pascal Lachaize. Their melodic style resembles that of ELOY and TANGERINE DREAM mixed with some early PINK FLOYD atmospherics (where the synths replace the guitars). Apart from Lachaize, the band consists of Thierry Sportouche on lyrics and percussion, Bernard Riboulet on drums, Laurent Roche on guitars, Lionel Gibaudan on bass and Remy Soriano on vocals. In 1986, they released an EP entitled "A New Dawn" and appeared briefly on two prog compilation albums - one by Musea and the other by Acid Dragon, a label owned by ANOXIE's own Sportouche. In 1990, they split up without having released even a full-fledged album, and the only testimony to their art is a Mellow Records cd, "Pastales", made up of early demos and other rarities that date back to 1973.

With Lachaize at the controls, ANOXIE's music is indeed keyboard dominated, with heavy electronic overtones and dramatic (slightly accented) vocals. It is rich in atmospherics and contains some nice melodic passages. Unfortunately, the compilation disk "Pastales" suffers from a bad production and doesn't quite do justice to the material, making the drums sound dry and muddling the vocals beyond recognition. To be fair, however, it must be said that the album represents the band 's very first steps in the prog world - a point well made in the liner notes and which the listener should keep in mind.

A collector's item for fans of 70's French symphonic prog.

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2.62 | 9 ratings
Pastales
1994

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1986

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 Pastales  by ANOXIE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
2.62 | 9 ratings

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Pastales
Anoxie Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Completely forgotten somewhere in the dustbin of history, Anoxie was a French project found in 1982 by keyboardist Pascal Lachaize in order to blend his electronic influences (Klaus Schulze, Vangelis) with Classic 70's prog.From 1984 Anoxie gigged extensively with the founder of the legendary prog fanzine ''Acid Dragon'' Thierry Sportouche being a permanent member as the lyricist of the band.The numerous line-up changes and uncommercial style of music were propably the reason Anoxie never reached a full-length album back in mid-80's , but in 1992 Mauro Moroni of Mellow Records showed an interest on their past material, so the compilation ''Pastales'' saw the light in 1994, consisting of 12 live tracks and 2 studio compositions, recorded between 1984 and 1987.

All tracks are written by Pascal Lachaize and ''Pastales'' has this lovely 80's underground sound, which I personally love, and deliver some good musicianship exactly in the middle of Electronic Music and Symphonic Rock.About half of the tracks are built around Lachaize's synth/electronics with hypnotic passages, cosmic atmospheres and a healthy dose of New Wave, sometimes supported by the rhythm section or distinct electric guitars and often having a VANGELIS-like cinematic symphonic grandieur.The other half is light Symphonic Rock but with straighter links to Neo Prog and very similar to bands like THE FOUNDATION or QUASAR.Dominated again by Lachaize's synthesizers, these tracks contain the interesting vocal work of singer Remy Soriano with some more guitar parts on the forefront and a tight rhythm section, but the production of the live performances does not help this time, as the recording quality is on an amateur level.Still the musicianship is pretty decent and the two studio tracks are great examples of synth-driven energetic Neo Prog with lovely choruses.

An obscure album for sure, ''Pastales'' is likely to please all fans of Electronic Prog and light Symph/Neo Prog and thus comes recommended overall.A long forgotten gem from the 80's with some pretty strong moments here and there.

 A New Dawn by ANOXIE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.05 | 2 ratings

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A New Dawn
Anoxie Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Anoxie is an obscure progressive rock band coming from France who release officialy only this ep in 1986 named A new dawn featuring Visa For An Other World and The Returning, a short ep for the band and after this they split up without releasing a full lenght album. This is a pretty rare item, hard to find almost in any format, is mostly a collectors release, never being a realy essential to have or something alike, never the less good pieces. Lionel Gibaudan (bass) he can be found later on prog band also from France, XII Alfonso on Odyssees album from 2000, and Thierry Sportouche as singer/lyricist also apear on Silver Lining album Inner dragon from 2004. They got also a compilation of rarities and demos from early years named pasteles released in 1987, icluding these two songs from the ep'. The band remind me of Eloy (80s era)in places, same attitude, with some neo prog added and electronic keybords sounds. Little simplistic in arrangements but not bad at all. Anyway 2 pieces is to less for a band to show their full mtalent and musicianship, the other release from 197' is diffrent of course in sound and production and must be considerated the first step in prog world. so a ' star ep for me, not bad ,not great, anyway fun to listen, the main problem is that is too short. Similar in sound with dutch Cirkel,Eloy , danish Zaragon.
 Pastales  by ANOXIE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
2.62 | 9 ratings

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Pastales
Anoxie Symphonic Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars This collection of demos, b-sides, and other odds-and-ends from the defunct and rather obscure band Anoxie represents their only full-length album, although as a collection it probably doesn’t qualify as a legitimate studio album. But that’s splitting hairs, I suppose.

For a French band these guys seem awfully melodic to me. My previous experiences with many French bands is they often have more eclectic arrangements, and tend to require much concentration and attention to fully comprehend. Anoxie isn’t like that at all – their music is quite approachable and pretty comfortable to listen to. Two exceptions to that comment though: first, the lyrics in the vocals are very hard to discern due to a combination of electronic manipulation of the vocals, and second because some of the tracks are rather poorly mixed. Considering these are early attempts by the band, this is understandable. Musically though this is a very enjoyable and varied album.

The songs pretty much fall into three tendencies. First are the few slightly grand, almost symphonic tracks like the opening “Overture”, “The Lullaby of a Butterfly”, and the rather muted “The Wizard of Odds”. All of these are instrumental tracks, and all are well-produced, melodic, and enjoyable.

Second are the electronic-focused tracks, synthesizer-driven and mostly reminiscent of Tangerine Dream in the same era, as well sometimes of Eloy (although in my mind they are a bit more sparse than any Eloy music I’ve heard). “Visa For Another World”, “Mutation”, and “The Returning” fall into this grouping.

And finally there are several thematic pieces where the music is meant to evoke a mood that matches the title (or vice versa perhaps). The Eastern-sounding “A Chinese Kite in Clear Blue Sky”, chamber-like “Hymn of Hope”, minimalist “The Lullaby of a Butterfly”, and whimsically romantic “Marie” all fit this description.

Like I said at the outset, this is more of a grab-bag collection than it a representation of a contiguous studio session. But the individual tracks are comfortable, pleasant, and mostly interesting. This is a good example of that period of symphonic rock in between the early classic bands like Yes and Gentle Giant, and the neo period of the eighties. As such it’s a good album to add to your collection if you can find it, but I wouldn’t call it essential. Three stars for sure though.

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 Pastales  by ANOXIE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
2.62 | 9 ratings

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Pastales
Anoxie Symphonic Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The keyboard player Pascal Lachaize formed the French band ANOXIE. It's rather obvious when you hear the music, as it is very keyboard dominated and has some reminiscences to ELOY, HAWKIND, PINK FLOYD and TANGERINE DREAM. The musicians and compositions are rather good, but the vocals are dramatic and lame at the same time, and they doesn't sound that good. Both the music and the vocals are suffering a lot from the bad production. At times it's almost impossible to hear the lyrics.

ANOXIE can also be heard on the "Enchantement" compilation released by Musea in 1990, where Anoxie perform a song called "The Quest". It starts out slow and quiet, but at the end it has been built up to a crescendo.

ANOXIE's most recent track "The Man in the Moon" can be heard on the compilation "2001, A Prog Odyssey? (From the Lyon's Vault II)".

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