Monday 15 September 2014

Halloween - dernier rang (1998)

The live album from this French band, released before their final album and after their first three albums.

I am no longer a great fan of live albums as I find them not offering up much new music. Halloween was an interesting band though with some weird symphonic prog albums to their name. Weird even after the French symphonic prog standards. And French symphonic prog is normally really weird.

The music is fronted by the female vocalist Geraldine Le Cocq. The version of Van Der Graaf Generator's House With No Door is great. The live versions of Halloween's own songs are also very good. Geraldine's heavy accented English is not particular good. She is best in her mother tongue.

She is supported by violins, piano, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums. That and some orchestral instruments. The sound is not the best but it is good enough. The end result is a very good live album and a epitaph to a band who should not be ignored. They were very weird, but also very good. Check out this album.

3.5 points

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