Building an Empire
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: May 19th 2008

It's with good reason that a genre icon like Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) has sung his praises about this debut album from French act, Demians. Steven Wilson has made the following statement: "One of the most assured and accomplished debut album I've ever heard, the textures and dynamics within the music are breathtaking. A must for everyone that appreciates the art of epic and ambitious 21st century rock music".

And more impressive is it that this is a one man effort, the compositions, music, lyrics and arrangements were all conceived by Nicolas Chapel and he has created a wonderful and exciting musical journey through his sound visions, delivering a very mature and convincing debut album.

His musical universe is quite remarkable and I am sure he will be able to carve his own little niche in progressive rock next to bands like Blackfield, Porcupine Tree, softer Opeth and Riverside. He has surely convinced me with this album, an album where everything is spot on; great sounding and well executed songs, all wrapped in a very good sound. This is solid craftsmanship from one guy, who by the way has an excellent voice for this type of music as well.

Put it on and be drawn into Nicolas' interesting sonic universe.

01. The Perfect Symmetry
02. Shine
03. Sapphire
04. Naive
05. Unspoken
06. Temple
07. Empire
08. Sand
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 6th 2008