This record is high quality progressive rock reminiscent of Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd. The songwriting and mixing quality is quite impressive for a very first full-length record. Scene 1: Harlequin is a great voyage to embark on; an album that never stops from the moment it starts and never bores until the end. Well done!
Favorite track: Rebirth - Smiling at a Changing Sky.
Sixty minutes of progressive rock await you with the first album from this emerging band. From classic prog and blues, to modern rock and metal - a very diversified, yet homogeneous sound.
released May 22, 2012
Julien Watine – vocals, acoustic guitars
Patrick Fillion – electric and acoustic guitars
Jean-François Fournier – bass guitar
Gabriel Larivière – drums, percussions
François Warnet – keyboards, back vocals
Female vocals by Gabrielle Shonk, Martine Watine and Sonya Maltais (on “Hope”, “Visions” and “Redemption”)
Music by Piezo
Lyrics by Julien Watine
Produced by Piezo and François Côté-Fortin
Recorded, mixed and mastered by François Côté-Fortin in Quebec City at Blastbeat Studio between October 2011 and April 2012.
Acoustic piano recorded at École Jean-de-Brébeuf in October 2011.
Organ recorded at André Larue's Home Studio in November 2011
Photography by Gabriel Larivière, frédéric Gosselin, François Warnet and Christian Sirois
Design by frédéric Gosselin & l’illustre maison with Gabriel Larivière
Original logo design by Charles Gaudreault
I have often heard of you
Somehow looking for redemption
Never seen anything like this before
Never thought my forest could really have an end
Only felt warmth through leaves and trees
Much better than the wind told me
How could I know ?
Wandering in vast delusions
For the past thousand years
Behind me, darkened realms
I finally feel alive
Nothing like the world I left behind
What is this gray road ? It doesn’t respond
Silence seems the only answer
It only makes me think about her
Maybe the answer lies in infinite silence
Without love there shall be no hate
A tortured path that seems to be my fate
Will I find my place, by any chance ?
Track Name: Visions - A Blues From Above
This is the story of the Harlequin
A friend of mine that I know pretty well
Seems to him that no one understands
That right now he’s going through hell
Doesn’t it feel like a blessing?
To dance while the sun is rising
But for our friend right here
I Sometimes wonder if I should interfere
So, this is a Blues from above
Let’s hear it folks, it’s a Blues from above
Could it be a Blues from below?
Strange, cuz’ I never heard of a singing demon so...
First comes the hope of an inner desire
Second comes doubt consuming fire
Hope then turns real, such a joyful morning
But curiosity can turn a man upside down
Moments of confused laughter, is this the moment he’ll drown?
Chaos comes next, lurking for sorrow
But for the greater good, redemption he finds
Track Name: Remembrance - The Silent Life
A blinded man drowns in a sea of lies
Curiosity of a lunar child erased from the skies
To a place I thought I’d like, I have been sent
My coming to this world
I now resent
A curious sound, a whisper perhaps
Like a glimpse of a life I’ll never have
A simple dialogue changed it all
Am I as changing as the sky?
I wonder why
What if I could never find my shadow?
Footsteps behind filled with dreams I follow
The road ahead I just can’t help to apprehend
Remembrance of a Silent Life
I now pretend
Dreams keep coming and the harlequin’s still singing
Mother Earth awakes forgotten feelings
A void of memories in the fog seems floating
A journey of lost fears
Shall now begin
Everyday, every year’s the same
To walk, to sleep, to eat, to watch them maim
Cut are the trees, high are the dreams
Black are the seas
Once in your life, could you admit that you are useless?
Until the sun sets we struggle for our lives
Enough of this path, I don’t recognize this pretty bloodstained land
Try for once to dance in the woods like this girl you watched and
Oh how you learned from her
Oh how you yearned for her
Track Name: Rebirth - Smiling at a Changing Sky
From the nest I flew
Home is so far away
Horizon changes as I stare
At the changing sky
Old bended man appears
“Hey, can I help you?
You seem to have lost your way.
Don’t be afraid.
I see you have met, my brother.
He sometimes can be cruel.
Please, come with me now.
I will try to fix your heart.
Just let it go.
This world you seem to hate somehow deep inside, conceals wonders.”
Out of the haze
So much fire Like some kind of light
I don’t care to face
The smell of Earl the Gray
Peacefully guides my way
To another reflection
I shall not betray
Once you’re out of the fog
The light has become so much brighter
Who was he to judge my path?
Time shall bring me hope
I can sense new faces near
Smiling at the changing sky
Overcoming fears, as we do with old enemies
Knowing where to go next, tears as a dreadful pretext
The path of an endless struggle, became a road for redemption
Once prisoner of his sins, now a fully grown Harlequin
Wonders, I truly see. My eyes cannot believe what is front of me. Wonders
“There is only one thing,
Said the old bended man:
Don’t go that way”
“Which way?” I asked with intrigue.
He then answered with fear:
“The way to the sea!”
Track Name: Confrontation - Drown the Reflection
Spread my wings
Cleared my mind
Is it here?
Where I can find...
“Cry, all of your hatred”
Said the mermaid on the sand
“Die, which can be granted”
Whispered the demon of the sea
Immerse thy body
Fix thy soul
Drown your very own
Luckily he dies
But in the waves
He smiles again
I’ll try to reach
But time will teach
That in thy soul
Hides a beast
Expect the worst
She told me first
As the other me stands still
Like he wants me to kill
Luckily he’ll die
But in the waves
I fall again
He who claims to guide you
Reveals itself as another
He who tells he knows too
Deserves to be fought, better
Fierce is the enemy
Track Name: Chaos - And the Mask Fades Away
Just got out from my head
What an insane place
A cold memory fades
Such a difference
Glimpse of lost memories
And the mask just faded away
A need for justice
Paved my search for peace
I can see
In the forest of my youth
Lies an ancient tree
So old he’ll die
It’s my time to cross the line
As sun goes down, I just realized
Not to see is not to be
Bloodstained child behind a tree
Blessed thy God, for what He shares
Ask thy guide, for He shall care
Many steps through so much lies
To seize the day, as the seasons change
Yes I realized
All my life of lies
Living as the blind
The world I have seen
Through my mask of fear
Could it be...
Track Name: Redemption - A Path to the Moon
I’ll join you once again
For I am not the same
Every pound of land
Every selfish man
So much shame
A thousand souls to tame
For you are not to blame
Skies of this realm
I want to say I’m sorry
Is not why I came here for
From deep within
They say it’s ending
Into the light
To fall we might
I don’t believe