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Demians Audio CD
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Demians is a French alternative rock band started by Nicolas Chapel in 2007.

Chapel's inspiration for the name Demians came from the novel Demian by author Hermann Hesse, and his musical inspiration came from a variety of artists and sources, ranging from Nick Drake to Radiohead to Post-Rock to ambient music.
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B003U9NAH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Feel Alive 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Porcelain 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Black Over Gold 6:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Overhead 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tidal 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rainbow Ruse 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hesitation Waltz 6:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Falling From The Sun 4:130.99  Buy MP3 


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mute, but not silent. Chapel has done it again. 26 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Demians' first album, Building An Empire, is to my ears a work of genius. A well crafted and constructed example of high quality rock. Cheerful, upbeat and occasionally aggressive. A masterpiece. This time all the genius is there but the overall tone is darker. This is an album that displays an emotional tone that extends beyond the premise of the first album and says "this is music that will stay and confront you."

There is a rawness on this new record. Nicolas Chapel again plays and produces everything, right down to the cover and artwork, so you know this is how he wanted the entire project presented. I can think of no other artist that goes into this much depth of work to present music, brilliant.

Tracks such as Tidal and Porcelain show that Chapel has progressed since Building An Empire but this is still has the feel of the first album without resting on its laurels. Simply a stunning record.

If this isn't my favourite album of the year come December the 31st, then whatever is will be a 6 stars out of 5. I urge you - buy this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 10 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Could not agree more with the above reviewer. Chapel is developing into a "Steven Wilson-esque" quality artist. In fact, you'd need to build a "best of" Wilson playlist to match this collection of tracks, it's THAT good. He's already supported Wilson, and the man himself heaped praise on Nicolas regarding his first release. The only other comparison that comes close are The Pineapple Thief (also excellent).

Buy it, it's fantastic.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but no cigar 10 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the back of the 2 glowing reviews and the fact that I'd had a listen a few months ago to the first Demians album, when then I thought it was not too bad. For this to be elevated above a best of Stephen Wilson or PT playlist is praise indeed but hey, it falls well short of that. Nicolas has to be applauded for the effort in putting the whole project together...however therein lies the rub. You can tell that he misses a dedicated keys player and certainly a drummer. The extra dimension you get in the studio from having people to spin ideas from is invaluable and Nicolas misses this opportunity I think.

I can understand why PT fans may go for this, but I am not one of them. In case you are thinking I adore everything SW does, I don't. I slated Insurgentes and wasn't keen on The Incident. However both of these are superior to Mute I'm afraid.

There are obvious influences in there; I couldn't help but feel that the opener is based on PT's 'Open Car', and there are tones of QOTSA on another. I do adore the way SW seamlessly shifts phrases in his music. Nicolas tries this and fails I think. Some of the transitions are quite crude. I don't get that prog can benefit from being rough around the edges (NC said that he left some of these rough edges in deliberately), these days you expect a bit of polish and quality mastering. Leave rough edges to the indie lot.

Sorry, it does not get the thumbs up from me. I look for something to hook into and despite careful listening, I felt myself wanting to slide off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Better Effort 7 Oct 2010
By Booker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I actually enjoyed Chappel's first Demians effort, "Building An Empire"... for the first few listens. However, the shortcomings of that album quickly became apparent as songs tended to plod and bleed into one another with very little to separate them. Musically, it was nothing super special as progressive-metal/rock in general had better offerings with the likes of Frantic Bleep, Porcupine Tree...

Demians latest release sees Chappel trounce his previous outing in just about everyway; this has real grit and there's a wonderful sense of angst and maturity about the whole thing. I've now listened to Mute well over 10 times and each time it grows on me just that much more. The drums no longer sound programmed, the guitars have a sludgier and thicker heft to them, the bass is ballsy in the way that Dopethrone pumps out and Chappel's voice is gutsy as he's settled more into his natural range but every once in a while Chappel just tears at the vocal chords to great effect (re: the end of "Feel Alive"). I'd also give Chappel props for learning other instruments (cello, glockenspiel...) as well as keeping the overall experience much more focused in both its overall running time and individual song content.

This is a great buy for those few who look for the newer happenings in rock/prog-rock with metal echoings.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and Beautiful 24 Aug 2010
By Itzik Hagoel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Demians second album is a raw, honest and challenging work of art of an artist who is not afraid to explore and experiment. It is music as music should be: Real.

No need for a lengthy review, just listen to the samples here or go to Demian's myspace page and find out for yourself.
One of my top 5 albums for 2010.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Whets my Apetite for More ... 18 Nov 2010
By A fan from Meriden, CT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Describing Demians' music has always proved a bit tricky for me. I picked up "Building an Empire" based on a few snippets I heard on the internet. It immediately became one of my favorite CD's to just sit & listen to quietly. Back then I used to liken it to having a serial killer whispering in your ear - and liking it !!!

Their second album is much more than that. Its at times quiet, at times powerful, & at times absolutely gut wrenching. It sounds clear, to my ears at least, that Nic Chapel is trying to expand on the lessons learned making the first record. The songs here absolutely bristle with immediacy - begging for your attention as you listen. "Swing of the Airwaves" in particular never fails to get my pulse rate up. Its an experience that's hard to describe, and its one helluva trip.

Now I have a playlist of both CD's that gets more regular airplay than pretty much everything else I have. Granted, its not for everyone. But if you take the time & invest the effort, it can become one very splendid obsession.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Their first CD was much better 22 Sep 2010
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought their first CD when it came out a while back. I really love it - one of my favorite CDs - heavy, creative and melodic - some like to classify this as Alternative, while others put it into the Progressive Rock catergory - maybe a fusion of the two, as long as it's good, I don't care what you call it - but their follow up effort - Mute - has been a disapointment. Maybe it's too much to expect that a second follow up effort be as good as their first, but I really don't like this CD. It goes more into the metal phase of their music and is often disjointed with awkward transitions that sound more like someone trying to slam a square peg into the proverbial round hole - a lot of this CD comes off as noise to me. The first CD flowed and had great bridge transitions, choruses, killer guitar work and outstanding vocals. Mute goes where the first CD didn't - and that wasn't good. The vocals sometimes aren't intelligable - not even heavy metal snarl, but almost the death metal sounding - irritating would be a better description. The guitar work is often off-key intentionally - maybe they thoguht that was experimentation - I find it...well, again, irritating. Overall, I wish I didn't buy this CD. I still like the band - even the best bands sometimes put out a stinker and for me, I think this may very well be their stinker. If you liked their first CD, check this out out first and see what you think by previewing the tracks here - I should've paid closer attention. I found another band that is somewhat similar who recently issued their second CD which is a much better effort - check out Abigail's Ghost - they're similar sounding and seem to be able to repeat success - not to the point where it gets boring - just good, real good - not like Mute. Maybe number 3 will get back to good.
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