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04-19-2006, 04:15 PM
About a year ago a friend of mine introduced me to the band Jadis through their project Fanatic.He also had a live concert dvd of them and I have to say I was immediately impressed with the band.

Anyhow,just giving a head's up if you haven't heard of them as they have a new release called Photoplay which personally I have been wearing out as of late.

Here's a review,enjoy.

JADIS - "Photoplay"
Jadis are a four-piece rock band from the south of England, and have been around in various shapes and forms since the mid-1980's. They became a full-time gigging outfit in 1987 when they supported "IQ" on their 'Nomzamo' tour of Britain and Europe. 1988 saw them as support band to "Marillion" on their 'Clutching at Straws' UK tour, culminating in three nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. A period of extensive touring then followed, in which Jadis played over 150 gigs in pubs and clubs throughout Britain, building up a substantial following. In February 1989 they sold out their debut headline at London's prestigious Marquee Club. On the recording front, the band issued several demo-tapes, produced by Steve Rothery of Marillion, which proved very popular with Jadis's growing audience. In early 1995, John Jowitt and Martin Orford decided to leave the band to devote more time to their "IQ" commitments. The vacant bass player slot was filled by local musician Steve Hunt, who quickly proved to be a valuable asset to the band. Martin Orford continued to play for Jadis as a session musician until Mike Torr took over keyboard duties in October 1995. From 1996 to 1999 Jadis recorded some works with very positive critics throughout the world. In 2000, the band their fourth studio album 'Understand' ,which has Martin Orford and John Jowitt from "IQ" back playing with the band on keyboards and bass. This release was followed by some very well received gigs in Holland, Germany, Belgium and the Baja Festival in Mexico. This extensive touring culminated in a blistering two and a half hour performance at the annual Garden Gig in July 2001 which was recorded and released as 'Alive Outside' the following November. More gigs were played during 2002 and the band started writing their next CD 'Fanatic', the album was completed in the beginning of 2003 and will be released on the InsideOut Music label in May. Over the last years, Jadis have evolved into one of the most distinct sounding bands in Progressive Rock music, combining many elements and creating a special signature on their music. Jadis always played a creative and a good neo-progressive rock adorned with classic rock including symphonic passages, but now we have a big surprise, where you will be very impressed with Jadis's innovative approach the more chances it was given the musical struture, finding powerful instrumental details, where the songs are varied and the compositions imaginative. On the "Photoplay" album, Jadis maintained great musicianship and nice quality in Neo-Progressive style, but they've even included Hard Rock elements in some compositions, stayed very intense and very heavy and also become sensitive and maybe a little bit more symphonic. What is abundantly present on the album, is the magnificent guitar solos played by Gary Chandler in a perfect combination with the Keyboards sounds, great bass lines and the rhythm section is pretty tight. In fact "Photoplay" is a very accessible album to all Prog Rock listeners and be selected as one of the finest release from 2006. "Photoplay" is another excellent addition to the growing catalog of InsideOut Music, including eleven tracks and 60min of the pure musical emotions. An special and particular attention to and my favourite songs are: "There's A Light" (Really one of the best track on the album), "What Goes Around", "Asleep In My Hands", "I Hear Your Voice", "Make Me Move", "Who I Am", "Need To Breathe", "Please Open Your Eyes" and "Photoplay". The main musicians on this fantastic band are: Gary Chandler - Guitars and Vocals, Steve Christey - Drums and Percussion, John Jowitt - Bass Guitars and Backing Vocals and Martin Orford - Keyboards and Backing Vocals. Brilliant, amazing and an indispensable work, highly recommendable to all Progressive Rock fans around the world... (Comments by Carlos Vaz)

04-20-2006, 02:42 PM
Downloaded samples from their homepage....

Good sound. :thumb:

04-20-2006, 02:55 PM
Downloaded samples from their homepage....

Good sound. :thumb:

Glad you liked it.

If anyone else is interested here's the link to their homepage.

Jadis (http://www.jadis-net.co.uk/index1.htm)