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Demians is a French alternative rock band started by Nicolas Chapel in 2007.

Chapel's inspiration for the name Demians came from the novel Demian by author Hermann Hesse, and his musical inspiration came from a variety of artists and sources, ranging from Nick Drake to Radiohead to Post-Rock to ambient music.
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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B003U9NAH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Swing Of The Airwaves 7:27
2. Feel Alive 4:32
3. Porcelain 5:34
4. Black Over Gold 6:12
5. Overhead 6:31
6. Tidal 3:44
7. Rainbow Ruse 5:32
8. Hesitation Waltz 6:39
9. Falling From The Sun 4:13

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2010 sophomore album from Prog Rock musician Nicolas Chapel AKA Demians. Mute contains nine songs that range from raw alternative to orchestral parts and poetic sounds, but the focus is always on the song. All recordings stem from the brain of Nicolas, who played all the instruments himself.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Booker on October 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I actually enjoyed Chappel's first Demians effort, "Building An Empire"... for the first few listens. However, the shortcomings of that album quickly became apparent as songs tended to plod and bleed into one another with very little to separate them. Musically, it was nothing super special as progressive-metal/rock in general had better offerings with the likes of Frantic Bleep, Porcupine Tree...

Demians latest release sees Chappel trounce his previous outing in just about everyway; this has real grit and there's a wonderful sense of angst and maturity about the whole thing. I've now listened to Mute well over 10 times and each time it grows on me just that much more. The drums no longer sound programmed, the guitars have a sludgier and thicker heft to them, the bass is ballsy in the way that Dopethrone pumps out and Chappel's voice is gutsy as he's settled more into his natural range but every once in a while Chappel just tears at the vocal chords to great effect (re: the end of "Feel Alive"). I'd also give Chappel props for learning other instruments (cello, glockenspiel...) as well as keeping the overall experience much more focused in both its overall running time and individual song content.

This is a great buy for those few who look for the newer happenings in rock/prog-rock with metal echoings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Itzik Hagoel on August 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Demians second album is a raw, honest and challenging work of art of an artist who is not afraid to explore and experiment. It is music as music should be: Real.

No need for a lengthy review, just listen to the samples here or go to Demian's myspace page and find out for yourself.
One of my top 5 albums for 2010.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A fan from Meriden, CT on November 18, 2010
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Describing Demians' music has always proved a bit tricky for me. I picked up "Building an Empire" based on a few snippets I heard on the internet. It immediately became one of my favorite CD's to just sit & listen to quietly. Back then I used to liken it to having a serial killer whispering in your ear - and liking it !!!

Their second album is much more than that. Its at times quiet, at times powerful, & at times absolutely gut wrenching. It sounds clear, to my ears at least, that Nic Chapel is trying to expand on the lessons learned making the first record. The songs here absolutely bristle with immediacy - begging for your attention as you listen. "Swing of the Airwaves" in particular never fails to get my pulse rate up. Its an experience that's hard to describe, and its one helluva trip.

Now I have a playlist of both CD's that gets more regular airplay than pretty much everything else I have. Granted, its not for everyone. But if you take the time & invest the effort, it can become one very splendid obsession.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 22, 2010
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I bought their first CD when it came out a while back. I really love it - one of my favorite CDs - heavy, creative and melodic - some like to classify this as Alternative, while others put it into the Progressive Rock catergory - maybe a fusion of the two, as long as it's good, I don't care what you call it - but their follow up effort - Mute - has been a disapointment. Maybe it's too much to expect that a second follow up effort be as good as their first, but I really don't like this CD. It goes more into the metal phase of their music and is often disjointed with awkward transitions that sound more like someone trying to slam a square peg into the proverbial round hole - a lot of this CD comes off as noise to me. The first CD flowed and had great bridge transitions, choruses, killer guitar work and outstanding vocals. Mute goes where the first CD didn't - and that wasn't good. The vocals sometimes aren't intelligable - not even heavy metal snarl, but almost the death metal sounding - irritating would be a better description. The guitar work is often off-key intentionally - maybe they thoguht that was experimentation - I find it...well, again, irritating. Overall, I wish I didn't buy this CD. I still like the band - even the best bands sometimes put out a stinker and for me, I think this may very well be their stinker. If you liked their first CD, check this out out first and see what you think by previewing the tracks here - I should've paid closer attention. I found another band that is somewhat similar who recently issued their second CD which is a much better effort - check out Abigail's Ghost - they're similar sounding and seem to be able to repeat success - not to the point where it gets boring - just good, real good - not like Mute. Maybe number 3 will get back to good.
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