Wowie zowie! Fans of complex, twisted and funny – you might say Zappa-esque – prog rock, make sure the nameMentat Routageappears on your radar screens! This eponymous debut proposes a plethora of creative, bold and zany tracks ranging from “RDNZL”-era Zappa to Henry Cow, then from Magma to hardcore free improvisation. (...) A dizzying record bursting with chills,thrills and spills !
This French band comes with no doubt from this line of the most original creators, and if their rantings are not limited to music, to open out to dancing, paintingand video, it's surely because MENTAT ROUTAGE is a collective that is inspired as much by Zappa or Magma, as Mahavishnu Orchestra, as Portishead and Salvador Dali. (...)This album is dedicated to the creative gift of a bunch of passionate artists.
This is a disc ofimpeccable musicianship from band members and guest musicians alike, where the rhythmdepartment in particularimpresses.
(…) Dedicated followers of adventurous and challenging music should know their visiting time on this occasion, where those with a soft spot for the jazz-oriented escapades of capital Pprogressive music in particular have an item worth their attention in this case.