• Sylvain Lupari

NORD: The Tree of Life (2017)

“The more he moves forwards and the more Nord is turning into a one member band of Electronic prog-rock”

1 The Wise Man 13:09 2 The Deer and the Horse 10:38 3 The Falcon and the River 8:38 4 The Tree 12:49 5 Trance 10:06 6 Completion 11:36 Nord Music

(DDL 67:00) (VF) (Electronic Progressive Rock)

Fisrt album of Nord in 2018, THE TREE OF LIFE is inspired by an ancient Hungarian mythology; Életfa or the Tree of life which is considered to be the center of the world. And like in his last albums, Sztakics István Attila keeps on going and even accentuates his bend towards a fusion of progressive rock and of Berlin School which seduced his new legion of fans since The Hidden Garden of Semiramis. Genesis dipped into Opeth and\or Strawbs marinated in Dream Theater, Nord uses more and more his electric guitars plug-ins on this album. Structuring thus head-bangers rhythms between phases of atmospheres or as complement to a rising electronic rhythm. In the end, THE TREE OF LIFE ends to be more a progressive rock album decorated with a touch of EM than of its opposite. Exception made of the synth solos which abound on every title with some very esthetic choreographies.

It's moreover by a very Jeff Beck guitar (Roger Waters-Amused to Death) which roams in ethereal atmospheres that The Wise Man, one of the main characters of this mythology, is opening. Slow caresses of violins try to float with the suave lyrical harmonies of a splendid Goddess voice that is raised in order to give us the shivers with his poignant crescendo of emotionalism. The synth plays on the depth of an Elvish choir for Angels and