Origin: France  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Last update/review: August 3, 2017

Adagio

The French band Adagio (not to be confused with the Brazilian band also called Adagio) is essentially a solo project for Stéphan Forté, a young Yngwie Malmsteen-influenced guitar virtuoso who seems to be a rising star in the progressive metal field. He won a recording contract in 1999 and at that time decided to put together a proper band. He has surrounded himself with some impressive talent, drawing players with membership in bands such as Elegy, Majestic, and Pink Cream 69, and 2001's Sanctus Ignis is the first album released by the band. The style is neoclassical progressive metal, with Symphony X often noted as a soundalike. Forté's guitar work is indeed quite good, occasionally wandering into Malmsteen-esque histrionics, though for the most part he manages to impress without overdoing it. There is plenty of top-notch musicianship exhibited by the others, particularly keyboardist Richard Andersson who turns in a fine performance. An interesting twist on the album is an classical instrumental take on the Led Zeppelin classic "Immigrant Song". Hardly recognizeable from the original, the band instead puts its own unique stamp on the song, a welcome change from covers that end up sounding exactly like the original. Sanctus Ignis is a fine debut in the classical prog metal field.

Two years later, the band returns with Underworld. Not reviewed here at this time, the classical and symphonic attributes of the band have reportedly been increased, while still maintaining a similar spirit to the original.

Current Members

Kelly Carpenter

vocals (ex-Beyond Twilight, Civil War, ex-Outworld)

Stéphan Forté

guitars

Franck Hermanny

bass

Kévin Codfert

keyboards

Mayline Gautié

violin

Jelly Cararelli

drums

Former Members/Guests

David Readman

vocals (ex-Almanac, Pink Cream 69, Tank (Tucker/Evans version), ex-Voodoo Circle)

Gustavo Monsanto

vocals (ex-Overdose, ex-Revolution Renaissance)

Christian Palin

vocals

Richard Andersson

keyboards (ex-Iron Mask)

Dirk Bruinenberg

drums (ex-Elegy)

Eric Lebailly

drums



Discography


Sanctus Ignis  
2001 Limb Music
  1. Second Sight
  2. The Inner Road
  3. In Nomine
  4. The Stringless Violin
  5. The Seven Lands Of Sin
  6. Order Of Enlil
  7. Sanctus Ignis
  8. Paem Et Circences
  9. Immigrant Song
  10. Niflheim
  11. Nozama
  • David Readman
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Richard Andersson
  • Dirk Bruinenberg



Underworld  
2003 Avalon
  1. Next Profundis
  2. Introitus
  3. Solvet Saeclum In Favilla
  4. Chosen
  5. From My Sleep... To Someone Else
  6. Underworld
  7. Promises
  8. The Mirror Stage
  9. Niflheim
  10. Missa Aeterna
  • David Readman
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Kévin Codfert
  • Dirk Bruinenberg



A Band In Upperworld  
2004 Avalon
  1. Introitus
  2. Second Sight
  3. Chosen
  4. The Stringless Violin
  5. From My Sleep ... To Someone Else
  6. Promises
  7. Seven Lands Of Sins
  8. Panem Et Circences (Japanese Bonus Track)
  9. In Nomine ...
  • David Readman
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Kévin Codfert
  • Eric Lebailly



Dominate  
2006 Avalon
  1. Fire Forever
  2. Arcanas Tenebrae/Dominate
  3. Terror Jungle
  4. Children of the Dead Lake
  5. R'Lyeh the Dead
  6. The Darkitecht
  7. Kissing the Crow
  8. Fame
  9. Undying (Japanese bonus track)
  • Gustavo Monsanto
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Kévin Codfert
  • Eric Lebailly



Archangels In Black  
2009
  1. Vamphyri
  2. The Astral Pathway
  3. Fear Circus
  4. Undead
  5. Archangels In Black
  6. The Fifth Ankh
  7. Codex Oscura
  8. Twilight At Dawn
  9. Getsu Senshi
  • Christian Palin
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Kévin Codfert
  • Eric Lebailly



Life  
2017
  1. Life
  2. The Ladder
  3. Subrahmanya
  4. The Grand Spirit Voyage
  5. Darkness Machine
  6. I'll Possess You
  7. Secluded Within Myself
  8. Trippin' Away
  9. Torn
  • Kelly Carpenter
  • Stéphan Forté
  • Franck Hermanny
  • Kévin Codfert
  • Mayline Gautié
  • Jelly Cararelli




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