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Celestial Burst – The Maze

Kenza Lalla and Alexis Lustenberger are the locomotives in the band Celestial Burst that recently have released the 42 minutes and 36 seconds long EP (!) The Maze. In addition Margaux Serret – Guitars , Sébastien Tibackx – Bass and Xavier Richard – Drums are a vital part of Celestial Burst. As a bonus Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm, VUUR) sings on the title track Maze,

Alexis Lustenberger is a French IT engineer who has been playing the guitar since almost 16 years. Actually music isn`t Lustenberger`s main activity as he still working in IT industry. But Lustenberger is a dedicated music fan. He started with a school metal band called White Materia. It was mostly a cover band (Metallica, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, …). He started the project called Celestial Burst in 2012. 8 Years after, the first EP The Maze is being recorded in Hesat Recordings studio that is a french studio based in Bordeaux). His main influences is King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Steven Wilson, Ayreon, Genesis, Arena, …

Kenza Laala is a French actress living in Lyon. Her first musical experience in 2007, she shared it in high school in the same band as Alexis Lustenberger as a singer. In 2015, after her theatrical studies at the Conservatory of Caen where she tackled lyrical singing, she entered the National School of Arts and Techniques of Theater in Lyon (ENSATT) where she continued to work on singing through the prism of interpretation. In 2020, she accepts Alexis Lustenberger’s proposal to join the Celestial Burst project. She then participated in the writing of the texts and recorded in July 2020 the EP The Maze in Bordeaux. Her main influences: A Perfect Circle, Audioslave, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rammstein, Eivor, Skald, Wardruna …

The Maze is a album divide in six progressive songs and the guitar is the main instrument, an there are a fair amount of solid and very good rock and metal composition. It`s obvious that Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd are highly valued artist but Celestial Burst have plenty of identity and distinctive and stands firmly on its own without lack of identity. Lustenberger have some amazing solos on Maze and First Flight. Actually I miss that he dared to deliver more guitar solos throught the EP.

Kenza Laala has a clear and very good voice that fits the music on Maze close to perfectly and soften but also dramatize the many unconventional musical landscapes of Mr. Lustenberger. The Maze is in god prog traditions a concept album! The plot is about a young woman that fantastic enough coming back to life to a total changed world she do not understand. This thematic require a bit more darkness in my opinion and more anxiety and confusion. I both think to assume that the next album from Celestial Burst will build on what is really good on Maze and further develop the sound for Celestial Burst. The Obedience,

Tracklist

1. Obedience (6:25)

2. The Maze (8:33)

3. First Flight (7:56)

4. The Place Where I’m Supposed To Be (6:03)

5. Anna (5:26)

6. The Maze (feat. Anneke Van Gierbergen) (8:33)

Total Time 42:56

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5876 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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