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Neo-Prog • Luxembourg


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A legendary act from Luxembourg, which played along the lines of MARILLION, albeit with a more bombastic and symphonic sound.They were found in 1988 in Dudelange and moved throughout their career around original members Patrick Kiefer (vocals), Alex Rukavina (keyboards) and Chris Sonntag (drums).1993 sees the debut of the band ''Zodiac'' and two years later the fantastic follow-up ''The Secret Garden'' is published.Shortly after they secured a contract with Musea's branch label Angular Records and they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a third release, ''The Other Side''.Entering the millenium the band was put on ice due to family commitments of the members, but in 2006 they returned with their fourth album ''4'', released under the support of Musea.The 2009 compilation ''20 Candles'' offered some of the band's best moments, but in February 2011 No Name dissolved, after creating rich and progressive music for 23 years.A few years forward Kiefer and Rukavina somewhat revived the band's legend and formed The No Name Experience (TNNE) along with Michel Volkmann on guitars, Claude Zeimes on bass and Gilles Wagner on drums.TNNE's debut was eventually released in 2014 on Progressive Promotion Records, carrying the torch No Name created over 25 years ago.

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3.39 | 14 ratings
Zodiac
1993
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Secret Garden
1995
3.65 | 24 ratings
The Other Side
1998
3.95 | 44 ratings
4
2006
3.55 | 28 ratings
The Clock That Went Backwards (as TNNE)
2014
3.93 | 45 ratings
Wonderland (as TNNE)
2017

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3.34 | 17 ratings
20 Candles
2009

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Strange Decisions
1998
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Thoughts Pay No Toll
2005

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 Wonderland (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 45 ratings

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Wonderland (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by Fenris

1 stars Hmm. Where to start. I find it very strange that this gets such high ratings, on a progressive rock forum. I do not only listen to old school bands, but I do have a liking for analog sounds, real dynamics and and an overall organic production. I also identify progressive rock as a genre where the music, lyrics and the ideas have several layers, and that one as a listener has to journey into the unknown and battle with the material. The themes of the songs on Wonderland is largely on the cliché side, and I don't find any mystery going on here.

In my ears this also sounds way too artificial and with a very straight forward pop-quality in the melodies and composing, even if there's the odd time signature or break thrown in here and there. Sometimes I get the feeling I'm listening to a machine, especially when I listen to the sound quality of the vocals. It's compressed so much that it almost removes all the humanity in the human voice. Even if this is well played technically, I think that it lacks soul, originality and creativity. In my opinion this is more of a mash up of 80's glam heavy, synthezied pop metal and advertising music, than it is progressive rock.

 Wonderland (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 45 ratings

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Wonderland (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by proghaven

5 stars The Secret Garden returns, hurrah! Surely 4 and The Clock... are both excellent albums (no matter if marked No Name or The No Name Experience), but they could be released also by IQ, or Jadis, or Sinister Street, or Sylvan. Well, I'm just trying to say that the two previous releases from Rukavina - Kiefer tandem and Co. lack some peculiarity/originality that made the early No Name's music distinctive. But Wonderland seems as diagnostic for the band as The Secret Garden or The Other Side. I remember effulgent 1990s when - while most of Russian prog fans of old generation were still sure that all the good music was definitively gone with the 1970s era, - a new era began. Some new vinyls and CDs came to the new- born Russian music market from Europe, US, Japan and South Korea, and many of us started to recognize a new stream in prog rock, but we associated the idea of 1990s prog mostly with Anglagard, Halloween, Anekdoten, Thule, Landberk, Malombra, Tale Cue, Devil Doll, Hecenia, Sagrado Coracao Da Terra, Men Of Lake etc. The branch of 1990s prog usually called neo-prog sensu stricto (Pendragon, IQ, Jadis etc) seemed to be more or less uniform, lightminded and having just limited capacities for growth and development. No Name was among the bands (along with Ziff, Last Turion, Sylvan and Final Conflict) who disproved that concept and clearly showed that Pendragon/IQ-type neo-prog may be as diverse and profound as, for example, 1990s Scandinavian or Italian dark progressive. And now, with Wonderland, I'm happy to see how No Name returns to their best. Not to their roots (because the album has a number of innovative moments) but to their best. To the instant complexity, inventiveness and refinement, as in beatific 1990s. The only feature of their early releases sadly missing on Wonderland is track(s) sung in Luxembourgish. Eng Oppen Dir, De Verstand (from The Secret Garden) and Mat Enger Train (from Zodiac) sound extraordinary... But I do realize that it's nothing but a fault-finding. You see I just like to listen to every prog band singing in their native language. I'm an epicure of various languages' sound. I enjoy Szallj Most Fel much more than Fly Away, you see. My apologies. It's difficult to cure, I do realize.
 Wonderland (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 45 ratings

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Wonderland (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by For4for

5 stars TNNE's second album Wonderland has been released in September 2017. As the foreseen guitar player has left the band just a few weeks before the studio recordings the band signed with Claudio Cordero (Cast-Mexico) which then did a brilliant job! The new bass player Michel Casadei from France fits very well and together with the passionate drumer Gilles Wagner they are the perfect rhythm section for TNNE. In my opinion Wonderland is a GREAT neo-prog album and fans from IQ, Arena can buy the CD without any hesitation. My personal favourites are My Childish Mind, Final Fantasy. NB: - Vocalist and Keyboarder were members of No Name(Lux) which disbanded. - the bonus track "au fil du temps" is in french and music of this song has been composed by a fan of the band !
 Wonderland (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 45 ratings

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Wonderland (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

5 stars In the population of just 600,000 Luxembourg, there is only one avant-garde rock band. Its name is called no name. The band's style is new avant-garde, similar to IQ, Marillion and Arena. I think the biggest feature of their music is the keyboard, often have a long keyboard to play the paragraphs, plus the guitar that makes up their symphony rock features. The voice of the lead singer is very good, unlike some of the seventies avant-garde rock band as weak. The band has been established for twenty or three years, has undergone some changes, but the home and the keyboard did not change, which makes their overall style remains unchanged. Although the last album in their songs shorter, become more popular, but this latest studio album to retrieve the roots of the band: a lot of keyboard and guitar playing, comfortable voice and mini epic. In particular, the lead singer's high-pitched and passionate voice is exciting, the new drummer and saxophone hand is also very good, very strong drums, making their music is very modern, and saxophone to join their highlights of the music, especially in the A song. Although I might prefer "the other side", but this is also good, worth playing four stars.
 The Clock That Went Backwards (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.55 | 28 ratings

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The Clock That Went Backwards (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Hailing from Luxemburg, THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE was formed in 2012, when Alex Rukavina and Patrick Kiefer, both with a past in the recently disbanded band No Name, decided to collaborate ? initially for one single song, but the project then expanded into a band and album process. "The Clock That Went Backwards" is the debut album of The No Name Experience, and was released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records in 2014.

The No Name Experience is the only Luxemburg band I know that has chosen to explore progressive rock, and their take on the genre is one that has neo progressive written all over it in bold types. If you have a soft spot for Fish-era Marillion and bands of a similar kind, and you do enjoy late 70's Genesis as well, chances are that you'll find "The Clock That Went Backwards" to be a compelling production well worth spending some time with.

 The Clock That Went Backwards (as TNNE) by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.55 | 28 ratings

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The Clock That Went Backwards (as TNNE)
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by emperorken

4 stars As a huge fan of No Name's last album, "4", I was very interested to hear that 2 key members had formed a new band, TNNE, and released a new album. I guess the easiest way to rate this album is to compare it to the style of No Name. Well, the differences are rather striking.

The one thing that has not changed is the great vocals of Patrick Kiefer. One of the best voices in prog, very distinctive. Moving on, No Name was a band that featured keyboard dominated, majestic and lyrical songs that often exceeded 10 minutes each. Well, almost nothing in that description also describes this new TNNE album. "The Clock That Went Backwards" is much more guitar focused and has all shorter songs and mostly without the extended instrumental passages. There is even a single edit of one track, "Circles of Life" included as the last track on the album. And although still in the realm of neo-prog, there are several catchy verse-chorus combinations that almost have AOR tendencies.

Still, although this album is quite divergent from what No Name used to do, it is still an enjoyable listen, with many memorable melodies and excellent musicianship and production.

 The Other Side  by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.65 | 24 ratings

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The Other Side
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The third album of this great band , released in 1998 named The other side is another worthy at best album. Even is on same coordonates as previous one in manner of composing , I prefer The secret garden but for sure this one is their second best for sure. The musicianship is again strong and aswell the song writting with lots of keybords and guitars, like must sound this style combined with melodical lines that in the end gives a very beautiful and solid album. The other side as previous one is diverse in compositnons, from instrumental pieces to more up tempo ones, with vocal parts being intresting most of the time, keybords, guitars, flute drums all the time being at full capacity here. The most intresting moments are in each piece but specialy the monster epic Tan Ibhan 35 min of really splendid arrangemenst and quite intresting momements on every 6 parts of the piece, excellent composed and performed. So, another worthy album from No Name, desearves 4 stars from me, fans of the genre must give this band a try because they worth it. The secred garden remains my fav album from them and I think is their best, this one is followed. Recommened for sure as previous one.

 The Secret Garden  by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.89 | 36 ratings

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The Secret Garden
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars No Name from little country Luxembourg is a top notch neo prog band with two out of four albums released by the band being very strong. One of their most great releases from the catalogue and why not among the best neo prog albums ever is their second offer from 1995 named The secret garden issued by Angular records. This is one hell of a great and solid neo prog album, everything from here is from good to excellent, the arrangements and instrumental passages are very strong, crafted and full of intresting parts. Crafty pieces with lots of temo changes and full of melodic lines that for sure desearves attention. The band remind me or being in same category with Clepsydra, Marillion or even Pendragon but some pieces are even better then on these bands. Septagone, Orient express clocking around 13 min is a good example this band is capable of, great keybords arrangements interluded with intresting guitars parts always very unique and with plenty of melodical parts. Another highlight is A tale of Mr. Fogg with fantstic guitar parts, and Follow the sign with beautiful flute besides traditional instruments. All in all a very worthy album, one of the best I've heared from neo prog zone, much intresting and better composed then many well known albums from this zone. Very good is a the voice typical for this style but never sounding like a copy of Fish or other well known vocalist from neo prog. I will give 4 solid stars, very strong album with plenty of great moments that will pleases most of the neo prog listners.
 The Secret Garden  by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.89 | 36 ratings

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The Secret Garden
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Two year after ''Zodiac'', No Name would return with a new album entitled ''The Secret Garden''.The sophomore effort of the band finds them in a transition period with bassist Dan Pieknik being replaced by the new face of the project Gilles Loes.Still Pieknik contribute bass duities in most of the tracks with Loes performing only on ''Septagone'' and ''Broken heart''.Additionally the band had signed a contract with Angular Records.

The minor flaws of their debut are long gone in ''The secret garden'', where the band is established as the new hot name of the Neo Prog scene, offering very rich and bombastic musicianship.The opening and closing sections of the album are frenetic and masterful.The short eponymous intro along with ''Septagone'' mark some 8 minutes of grandiose, fully symphonic and dramatic Neo Prog with a flashy performance and intricate arrangements.The pair of closing tracks are on the opposite side, more mellow and atmospheric but featuring lovely tunes, excellent vocals and great keyboard work by Rukavina, another couple of fantastic music offerings.The rest of the album follows a familiar MARILLION/PENDRAGON/PALLAS vein.Nice keyboard solos, elaborate melodies, even some Classical references on piano but above all crystalline and dramatic vocals by Patrick Kiefer, one of the best performers of the style.All tracks are sung in English and the band sounds more British than the British bands, except ''De verstand'' and ''Eng oppen dir'', which contain lyrics in the band's native languange.Finally the production is top notch, clear with a great instrumental mix, which helps the composing talent of the band.

''Zodiac'' showed traces that this band could become something good.''The sectret garden'' fullfills these great expectations.Among the best 90's Neo Prog releases, keeping the old- fashioned fundamentals of the genre and offering plenty of superb musicianship.No less than highly recommended.

 The Secret Garden  by NO NAME / THE NO NAME EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.89 | 36 ratings

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The Secret Garden
No Name / The No Name Experience Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

4 stars Original stuff from Luxemburg! "The Secret Garden" is an excellent progressive album focus on the style of the '80, , keyboards oriented, and with some innovative sound of the '90. The tracks are much varied in tempo and metric and, there are complex and long compositions like the heavy and energetic Orient Express and Tale of Mr Frog, the last one with a stunning symphonic piano in Genesis style; there are instrumental songs like "Autumn days", catchy melodies in "Follow the signs" and rhythmic tracks like "Merry-Go-Around". The vocal are good too, the singer remember me some new wave band of the eighties. Highly recommended for neo and symphonic fans.
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