il. A magical word full of great memories for the pioneers of Gouveia Art Rock
... Everyone who was lucky enough to witness it, still remembers how the french quintet, fronted by the beautiful voice of Roselyne Berthet, took the stage on that evening of July 6th 2003. Along with portuguese Saturnia
and italian La Maschera di Cera
opened the curtain of the festival's first ever edition. At that time, they were spotted by portuguese enthusiasts after the release of their amazing masterpiece "Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai"
. But still, their performance was an absolute surprise, filled with their odd ambiences, strangely melodic and complex interplay, sheer strength and all those little things we, progressive enthusiasts, love so much in music. Actually you can watch part of it on the rare Gouveia Art Rock 2003 DVD
Anyway, the news is: After a fantastic comeback last year with their fourth album, "Nil Novo Sub Sole"
, establishing them as one of the most original, avantgardish and bold projects of today's symphonic progressive rock, Nil decided it was time to give late enthusiasts another chance. So here it is: "Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinai"
, the album that brought them to Gouveia, has just been reissued by the canadian label Unicorn Digital
. Our advice is: Get it while you can!(photo of bassist and Chapman stick player Samuel Maurin live at Gouveia Art Rock 2003 by Miguel Pires)