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2 months ago

Vivien Lalu

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of the progressive metal act LALU to the label for a multi-album deal. LALU is a musical project originally founded in 2004 by the French composer and producer Vivien Lalu, son of Noelle and Michel Lalu (members of the ‘70s French progressive act Polène). ‘Paint The Sky’ will be the first album, and third album overall from the band, released under the new partnership between Vivien and Frontiers. It is easily the most accomplished and mature album put together by Vivien thus far in his career.

Being the son of two progressive musicians from the '70s and growing up surrounded by progressive music, Vivien always wanted to craft a true-to-its-roots progressive rock album. He spent a lot of time laying down the basics for the new effort and along with this new album comes a change in vocalist specifically designed for this more progressive version of LALU. In May 2020, Vivien announced Damian Wilson (Arena, Headspace, Threshold) as the lead vocalist for ´Paint The Sky’.

LALU's lineup on the album is rounded out by Jelly Caldarelli (on drums) and Joop Wolters (guitars and bass). More special guests will be announced in the coming months, so be sure to follow LALU's social media to stay up-to-date.

LALU's first full-length album, ‘Oniric Metal’ garnered critical acclaim upon its release, including being named ‘Album of the Month’ in Rock Hard Magazine, and marked a new chapter for Vivien and his insatiable need to create mind-expanding, cinematic music.

After collaborating with Shadow Gallery on ‘Digital Ghosts’, working with Lazlo Jones on his debut album, and the original soundtrack of Warner Bros. movie ‘Seuls Two’, Lalu finally settled in and began work on the second LALU opus, 'Atomic Ark'. Handling all composition and songwriting duties, as well as all keyboards, Lalu weaved the cloth of the new album together with vocalist Martin LeMar, bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM), and world class drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth). The album was produced by Vivien in his own studio and mixed at Boumbox Studio in Paris by Yan Memmi (Dio ‘Lock Up The Wolves’). Additional contributions came from Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Joop Wolters, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape) and Peter Wildoer (James LaBrie). The final product, boasting over fifty minutes of exceptional, massive cinematic, atmospheric metal was dubbed ‘Atomic Ark’. The album was released worldwide in 2013.

Spring 2014 saw Vivien venturing out on a unique live tour, hosting only a few select shows featuring the all-star Atomic Ark line-up of Martin LeMar, Mike LePond, Simone Mularoni, and Virgil Donati, adding Joop Wolters as a second guitarist on stage. After a few weeks’ practice, the tour culminated in the live recording of their set during the final stop. Produced by Vivien and mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio, the digital only ‘Live at P60’ was released in June 2015.

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3 months ago

Vivien Lalu

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3 months ago

Vivien Lalu

LALU turns 14 today 🥳

What can I say? Thanks to my dear family, my friends, and my supportive fans around the world. I would literally not exist without you—My family gave me life, I celebrate it every single day with friends, and the fans make it possible to continue it all.

Let's 'Paint the Sky' together (very soon ;))

~Vivien Lalu
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3 months ago

Vivien Lalu

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Artwork by Travis Smith
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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Vivien Lalu

Today I am proud, and happy to finally reveal the beautiful cover for PAINT THE SKY, the third outing of the LALU project, illustrated by the amazing Travis Smith once again—as well as the track-listing:

01. Reset To Preset
02. Won’t Rest Until The Heat Of The Earth Burns The Soles Of Our Feet Down To The Bone
03. Emotionalised
04. Paint The Sky feat. Steve Walsh
05. Witness To The World
06. Lost In Conversation
07. Standing At The Gates Of Hell
08. The Chosen Ones
09. Sweet Asylum (Instrumental)
10. We Are Strong
11. All Of the Lights
12. Paint The Sky feat. Simon Phillips (Bonus)

Can't wait to present this album to you all! I can only guarantee it's been a labor of love ❤
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6 months ago

Vivien Lalu

Now mixing LALU vocals delivered by the two talented (and badass) gentlemen on this photo (Damian Wilson, Clive Nolan)... Yes, it's happening folks!! This pandemic did not stop us 😉

PS: Big thanks from the bottom of my heart for the hundreds of birthday wishes from all over the world! I've read every single one, I have no words ❤️

Viv

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11 months ago

Vivien Lalu

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1 years ago

Vivien Lalu

More Lalu previews. It continues! Fans of my debut album "Oniric Metal" should hopefully enjoy the middle part of this song.

As usual if you like what you hear, please don't hesitate to 'Like' Jelly's YouTube video, and maybe subscribe to his channel. His work on the album is nothing short of astounding—Exceptional musicians (and humans) deserve exceptional support IMHO. Thank you my friends!
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1 years ago

Vivien Lalu

Happy to carry the “progressive torch”, mom ❤️

From the 70s until today....prog lives on!

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1 years ago

Vivien Lalu

I am so thankful for your wonderful, positive reactions to Damian's announcement!

#throwbackthursday

This is 'younger me' when I started the LALU project in my early 20s. My father took this photo for ONIRIC METAL's promo. I had no idea what the future had in store for this musical venture back then.

I can only say that I am really happy, and excited about what this project has become—I cannot wait for you to hear the new music. I saw some old faces in the comments, long time fans who follow me since the beginning. Thank you from the bottom of my heart; your support fuels my inspiration <3

Viv
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1 years ago

Vivien Lalu

I would like to release the following statements regarding "Paint The Sky":

"Being the son of two musicians from the 70's, and growing up surrounded by progressive music, I've always wanted to craft a true-to-its-roots progressive rock album. Now I believe the time is right. I've spent a lot of time writing out what I think this album should entail, and I truly believe the end result is as sincere as it gets. Frankly, I just can't see myself making anything else right now. Along with this new album comes a change in vocalists specifically for this lighter, more progressive album."

"Today, I am so proud to announce Damian Wilson as the lead vocalist on ´Paint The Sky’. I have been a fan of Damian since forever, and his friend for quite a long time. During the MySpace years, we discussed writing an album together about fairy tales and stuff, but it never happened. It means a lot to me that today Damian and I found the right project, and time and setting, to finally work together. His voice is truly unique, instantly recognisable, and very well suited for progressive rock. Damian is such a versatile and emotional singer. I am thrilled about our partnership."

"And don't worry – I've still got a few surprises up my sleeve for this new record from names you all know and love!"

Vivien

(Damian Wilson photo by Tom Barnes.)
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1 years ago

Vivien Lalu

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the incredible Dino Jelusick for blessing this music with his fantastic voice, bringing this part to the next level thanks to his powerhouse vocals. #quarantinejam #lalu3 ... See MoreSee Less

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