- Monster Melodies present the legendary album Satan, an absolute must-have in terms of French progressive music, recorded in 1973 and never before released
- Fans of English blues, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and Led Zeppelin, a group of young students started a band, eventually being named the best non-professional French band of 1972 at Le Golf Drouot
- They produced a unique music between hard rock and progressive and delivered intense shows, inspired by the world of sci-fi and literature
- Despite efforts to support their act, even creating a more commercial band Ciel D’été, they failed because of the French music industry of the time
- Comes as colored vinyl; Includes a poster and inserts; Edition of 1000 (numbered)
Monster Melodies present the legendary album Satan, an absolute must-have in terms of French progressive music, recorded in 1973 and never before released. In 1968, in Le Mans (a town in the west of France in Les pays de la Loire), some young students, planning to become teachers, started a band under the name The New Rainbow. Like many young musicians at the time, they enjoyed English blues and were fans of Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and Led Zeppelin. Quickly, they changed their name to Heaven Road and started to become famous west of France, playing live frequently. After playing covers, they wrote their own compositions and delivered a very good show at the same level of any professional band. In Paris, they won three contests in Le Golf Drouot (the mecca of the French rock at the time) and were declared the best non-professional French band of 1972. Playing at the festival, the band started to hang out with big names from the French rock scene, like Variations, Magma, Il Etait Une Fois, Catharsis, Ange and Dynastie Crisis. In 1973, they decided to be a professional band and change their name to Satan. They produced a unique music between hard rock and progressive and delivered intense shows, inspired by the world of sci-fi and literature, with musicians wearing make-up and strange costumes. But despite the fact that they played before the English band Caravan in 1974 and had an appearance in local TV show, the band always suffered from financial difficulties. For this reason, they created the more commercial band Ciel D’été with the intention of playing exclusively in the ballroom circuit. With the financial proceeds from Ciel D’été performances, they went to a studio in Angers twice – the first time to record two commercial tracks for Ciel D’été, and the second time to record tracks for the future album by Satan which had been performing for more than three years at that point. But at the time, they couldn’t find a record company to publish their record. Satan collapsed in the middle of 1976, joining the cohort of musical project killed by the French musical industry – an industry which was preoccupied with making easy money by already successful English and American music and producing very dispensable French music, marketed commercially.