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Heavy Prog • France


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WEEND'O is a band from France created in 2008 by Laetitia CHAUDEMANCHE (vocals, keyboards, lyrics) and Terence N'GUYEN (guitar, arrangements). The line-up is completed by Maxime RAMI (bass) and Nathanel BUIS (drums). Their music is a melodic progressive rock that combines the influences of the new wave of the heavy prog band (PORCUPINE TREE, TOOL) with the old ambient references of PINK FLOYD and the alternative band THE GATHERING, in part for the female voice of Laetitia. The variety of the music and the subtle arrangements put this band more in the progressive rock camp than the metal genre. They have one CD made in 2012, called ''You Need to Know Yourself''. This CD received good reviews around the world and the band was invited to join CLIVE NOLAN on his ''Alchemy'' tour in 2013. Stephane DERIAU-REINE on keyboards joined the band and brings new arrangements to the music.

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3.96 | 9 ratings
You Need to Know Yourself
2012
4.10 | 11 ratings
Time of Awakening
2017

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Fairytalacoustic-Concert Live acoustique
2013

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 Time of Awakening by WEEND' album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.10 | 11 ratings

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Time of Awakening
Weend' Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars This is the second album from French band Weend', who have already been accepted by the prog fraternity as one of their own, with Alan Reed guesting on this. Fronted by keyboard player Laetitia Chaudemanche, she has obviously been influenced by Anneke Van Giersbergen (I know most people think of her with The Gathering, but I have always loved her work with Devin Townsend), and isn't afraid to provide melodic piano as well as other keyboards when the time is right. She can be playing sweetly on her own, or she can be fronting a very heavy progressive rock band, it all depends on what the music needs. The press release says that they switch between Pink Floyd and Tool, and I can certainly see where that comment is coming from.

The band see the album as a call to humanity, to keep faith and hope despite the appalling events currently afflicting the world . The band believe we are entering a new period in our evolution, and we are experiencing frequencies that are creating a new paradigm even though the events of 2017 - like devastating earthquakes - have been disastrous for individual communities. This following quote is from French writer, Ren Barjavel, from 1984, and as it sums up the lyrical approach to the album, Laetitia wanted to share it in the booklet. "Living is not enough, we must be alive. That is to say knowing that every minute we are at the heart of a miracle and being in contact, in harmony with it. That's difficult, but once we succeed in becoming aware of it, all our efforts will be rewarded a hundred- fold. Most of the time we see but we don't look at, we hear but we don't listen to. Things jostle us instead of being handled by us. We should dispose of them for our happiness, and they own us for our fear. Yet each and every one of us is at the Center of everything, in the midst of the entire universe. Each and every one of us has the doors the creator (or the nature, as you like) gave to enter it. But we forget to open them. For my part, I keep on being amazed by the phenomenon of life."

Like the lyrics, this is a grown-up and mature album, and one that I have gained more from each and every time I have played it. The guitars are sharp when they need to be, so jagged that one wonders if music can draw blood, the bass rumbles through, competing with the drums to lay the foundation, while Laetitia either provides keyboard harmonies and symphonic backdrops or takes the lead herself, while also providing vocals that cut through the music beneath. This is a band we are going to hear a great deal more about

 You Need to Know Yourself by WEEND' album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 9 ratings

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You Need to Know Yourself
Weend' Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars French band WEEND'O was formed back in 2008, initiated by vocalist Laetitia and guitarist Terence. They have one full album to their name so far, "You Need to Know Yourself", which was self released by the band in 2012. They have since issued an acoustic live DVD, "Fairytaleacoustic", again self released by the band in 2013. This review covers their debut album from 2012.

What we have here is a somewhat odd production as seen from a contents point of view. The album consist of 8 compositions, with a further three tracks consisting of radio edits. The unusual aspect here is that the CD opens with radio edits of two of the compositions, the extended original versions appearing towards the end, and then the third radio edit has been chosen as the concluding track of the CD. A curious choice for me, especially as the best of the radio edits, at least to my ears, is the final one.

Be that as it may be, musically we're dealing with a band I guess can be placed more or less within a similar context as bands such as The Gathering. We have compositions alternating between calmer passages and harder edged sequences, the former defined by delicate plucked guitar details and smooth keyboard details, the latter by harder edged and often beefy guitar riffs that are loud and dominant without ever coming across as rough or gritty. Music easy to listen to, where the powerful and controlled lead vocals of Laetitia is given the limelight all along. She has a finely controlled delivery, able to convey the softer details as well as the more emotionally laden and dramatic ones, without ever approaching the wild or untamed. At times she's verging on the operatic, which has been kind of fashionable ever since Nightwish became popular, and I guess Weend'o should have a fairly strong appeal to those who like that kind of music even if their chosen turf is rather different from a stylistic point of view.

Strong bass motifs and elegant drum details are other defining traits of this production, and the band even includes some touches of textured instrument details with half a foot inside post rock territories at times to good effect, as documented on Betrayal. Clever use of electronic details also flavor some of the compositions quite nicely, while some guitar details on the song Deadline at least to my mind brought forth associations to bands such as Iron Maiden, this association restricted to a limited few details I'll hastily add, as the composition overall is rather far removed from the sound of those metal pioneers.

The end result is an interesting debut album, and apart from a couple of songs that left me somewhat indifferent this is an easy to like and pleasant run through accessible progressive rock with distinct metal orientation, and a production that should have a strong general appeal to those who enjoy harder edged, elegant metal-flavored rock of the accessible kind.

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