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OPRAM

Heavy Prog • France


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Hailing from the town of Gap in southern France, OPRAM were formed in September 2000. Their debut album, "Mon temps mon espace", recorded in their hometown, came out in 2003 . In 2007 they released a live DVD and an enhanced live CD. In 2008 they were signed by French label Musea, which re-released their live CD (titled simply "Live").

Since they first started as a band, OPRAM have been engaged in a lively concert activity, both in France and in other European countries.

Raffaella Berry (Raff)

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Mon Temps, Mon EspaceMon Temps, Mon Espace
Slap Production
Audio CD$19.61
Live: OPRAMLive: OPRAM
Import
Musea 2008
Audio CD$4.64
$21.98 (used)

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Mon Temps et Mon Espace
2005

OPRAM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.91 | 3 ratings
Live
2008

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 Mon Temps et Mon Espace by OPRAM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Mon Temps et Mon Espace
Opram Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Formed in Gap, France in September 2000, this French group won the Class-Rock contest the next year, appearing also in the compilation album of the event.A 3-track demo was recorded and in 2003 and two years later Opram self-released the debut ''Mon Temps et Mon Espace''.The group was centered around the figure of guitarist/singer Devy Diadema, while the rest of the crew were keyboardist Antoine Cola, bassist Jeremy Joubert and drummer Claude Montagnier.

In their debut Opram provided a powerful Heavy Prog, similar to compatriots NEMO and with notable PORCUPINE TREE influences, based on a balanced attempt between groovy gears and more demanding instrumental work.As expected the album has also strong Prog Metal hints, especially on the bombastic rhythmic parts and the sharp guitar riffs of Diadema, somewhat close to the later DREAM THEATER style.The music is delivered in mid-length tracks with an incredible amount of synths and organs supporting Diadema's energetic guitar moves and contain both accesible yet hard-edged moments and complex ideas with technical playing.There is also a light psychedelic influence on the more laid-back moments, while the (French) vocals of Diadema are absolutely irritating, having both a dramatic and sensitive approach.A monster, solid rhythm section completes Opram's profile.The music gets really virtuosic in the instrumental parts with complicated guitar riffs and shifting keyboard solos, still there is a mood by the group to keep a quasi-typical structure in most songs with song-based passages alternating with instrumental mannerisms.

You love the heavier side of Progressive Rock?Then you should simply track down Opram's debut.Passionate, dynamic and bombastic music all the way, easily recommended.

 Live  by OPRAM album cover Live, 2008
4.91 | 3 ratings

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Live
Opram Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Nice little surprise from this French outfit.

5 tunes and 30 minutes playtime is on the brief side for an album these days; and even with 2 video files are attached as bonus material some will probably think this release should have been longer.

The songs included are high class stuff though. Somewhat similar to Fromuz in style, this outfit takes us on a journey into a musical landscape with lots of twists and turns; from melodic and mellow passages dominated by careful rhythms and melodic guitar licks to distinct metal-tinged explorations with gritty guitar riffs and driving bass and drums and some stellar but careful keyboard layers on top.

From quirky passages to grim metal and further on to beautiful melodic explorations; this release really was to my taste; one of the best albums I've come across in a good while now. The band have a MySpace page - find it and check it out.

Thanks to raff for the artist addition.

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