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Old 02-15-2019, 03:58 PM
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From left to right: Francis Grégoire (Keyboards), Gabriel Antoine Vallée (Vocals/Guitars), Philippe Pouliot (Drums),
Dominic Tapin-Brousseau (Bass), Gabriel Cyr (Guitars)

At first, the members of the band were Gabriel Cyr (guitars), Francis Grégoire (keyboards), Philippe Pouliot (drums) and Dominic Tapin-Brousseau (bass). Playing a couple of instrumental original songs as well as progressive song covers, the band members quickly became close to each others and shared the same vision for the project's future. It was clear to everyone that a singer would eventually complete the formation. After a couple auditions, Gabriel Antoine Vallée joined the band in 2012 to officially form Universe Effects. Two years of composition and hard work followed for them to finally record their first album In the Haze that Surrounds Us, presenting a progressive rock/metal music with a touch of epic.

Influences : Dream Theater, Rush, Liquid Tension Experiment, Planet X, Freak Kitchen, Symphony X, Steven Wilson, Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard, Yes, Porcupine Tree, Andromeda, Ark, Hans Zimmer, John Williams and many others ...

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Universe Effects Biography

Founded in 2012, Quebec based act UNIVERSE EFFECTS perform an epic and theatrical style of progressive metal with influences pertaining to bands such as DREAM THEATER and RUSH but also incorporating certain aspects of groups such as Porcupine Tree into their overall sound. Beginning as an instrumental outfit consisting of Gabriel CYR on guitar, Francis GREGORY on keyboards, Philippe POULIOT on drums and Dominic TAPIN-BROUSSEAU on bass, the band's chemistry immediately gelled, and the desire for a vocalist eventually resulted after numerous auditions with the addition of Antoine Gabriel VALLEY into the fold, who also performs acoustic guitar. After two years of writing and practicing, the act recorded their first full length album entitled ''In The Haze That Surrounds Us'', which was released in February of 2015. Highly melodic yet intricate in nature, their music features strong interplay between guitars and keyboards while retaining heaviness with their tight rhythm section.

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Universe Effects .... yet another Canadian band of value
and with excellent future prospects
The band has so far done almost a few concerts in Quebec,
one in Montreal and one in Toronto
They should leave their area ... they have the characteristics to be able to impose themselves on a much wider public
Universe Effects is classified as Progressive Metal ... but my advice is to listen to them and if you like Dream Theater but not only ...
you'll love Universal Effects

Desolation 03:12
Wasteland 07:49
Oblivious 05:53
Fading Light 11:22
The Library 38:08
The Library Pt. I: Departure 05:15
The Library Pt. II: The Garden Of Lights 07:01
The Library Pt. III: Corruption 08:20
The Library Pt. IV: Collapse 06:22
The Library Pt. V: Resurgence 11:10


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Gabriel Antoine Vallée - Vocals
Francis Grégoire - Keyboards, orchestrations & back vocals
Gabriel Cyr - Guitars & back vocals
Dominic Tapin-Brousseau - Bass
Philippe Pouliot - Drums

Music by Universe Effects
"Desolation" track & written arranged by Francis Grégoire
Lyrics by Gabriel Antoine Vallée, Alexandre Hudon & Francis Grégoire

Produced & recorded by Universe Effects
Drum & acoustic guitar recording engineer - Antoine Baril
Drums & acoustic guitar recorded at Wild Studio

Mixed by Paul Northfield
Mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios

The recording of the album was also edited by Antoine Baril known also for his fantastic medley on Genesis



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Old 02-25-2019, 04:08 PM
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Very good album. The only fault is the same all prog bands seem to fall to these days is the opening 'prelude' track. Adds nothing to the album. Unnecessary and a waste of effort. That said, Good job!
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For those who want to learn more
about the Universe Effects,
I have collected some material and videos.

all this material highlights that the Universe Effects are above all
Gabriel Cyr and Francis Grégoire, two artists that I am sure
will capture the attention of many in the coming years,
but this does not mean that the rest of the formation is irrelevant
in the realization of their compositions.

...... From the previous first their album "In the Haze that Surrounds Us"

....... At the tests carried out at home
to participate in the show with Karcius and Aeva
at the bar Le Magog in Sherbrooke (Quebec)

...... At Live Session at LARC Studio

The Synchronal Steps Cover of Francis Grégoire , Stéphane Roy , Dominic Tapin and Gabriel Cyr

...... The Tarkus Cover of Antoine Baril with Francis Grégoire,
and Christian Pacaud

...... The Saturday Morning Arcade Shooter Cover with
Antoine Baril,
Francis Grégoire,
Gabriel Cyr,
Christian Pacaud

...... To the tribute of Gabriel Cyr to some
of the great rock solos guitar from 1980 to 1984.

...... Until the proclamation of Gabriel Cyr in London
as best guitarist of the year 2018 with in the jury
Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Mark Tremonti


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Against the Influent (5:33)
Equilibrium (9:25)
Tormented (7:29)
The Artifact (7:34)
In the Haze that Surrounds Us (9:25)
Lost in Time Trilogy (30:28)
I. Entropy (8:54)
II. Lost in Time (8:02)
III. Out of the Darkness (13:32)

Released: February 25, 2015
Produced by: Universe Effects
Recorded & Mixed by: Antoine Baril (Hemisphere Studio / Wild Studio)
Mastered by: Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios)
Cover: Daniel Bérard

In the Haze That Surrounds Us full album


Universe Effects - Francis & Gabriel Rehearsal

May 6th 2015
Here's a video showcasing Francis and Gabriel practicing technical
parts of our songs for our upcoming show with Karcius and Aeva
at the bar Le Magog in Sherbrooke (8th of May 2015).
a small stage where many metal groups perform in all its
variations (from heavy to prog to jazz)



Universe Effects - The Artifact Live Session at LARC Studio


Universe Effects - In the Haze That Surrounds Us -
Live Session at LARC Studio


ELP Tarkus Cover; Antoine Baril, Christian Pacaud, Francis Gregoire



The Synchronal Steps Alex Argento Cover

Music composed by Alex Argento

Keyboards: Francis Grégoire
Electronic drum set: Stéphane Roy
Bass: Dominic Tapin
Brousseau Guitar: Gabriel Cyr


Francis Gregoire - Entropy (keyboard solo)



Produced at
Hemisphere Studio, Quebec City, QC, Canada
between september and december of 2018
Music composed by Vince DiCola & Kenny Meriedeth
Taken from the album
Vince DiCola & Kenny Meriedeth
Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack
Original song: Battle Scene
Alternate version:
Saturday Morning Arcade Shooter (Feat: Jake "Virt" Kaufman)

Saturday Morning Arcade Shooter –
Antoine Baril,
Francis Grégoire,
Gabriel Cyr,
Christian Pacaud


Gabriel Cyr Guitarist
Great Guitar Solos // A Trip in the 80's Part 1 (1980-84)

Back in Black - AC/DC (1980)
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne (1980)
YYZ - Rush (1981)
Rosanna - Toto (1982)
Beat it - Michael Jackson (1982)
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan (1983)
The Trooper - Iron Maiden (1983)
Fade to Black - Metallica (1984)
Hot for Teacher - Van Halen (1984)
Jump - Van Halen (1984)


from MusicRadar

Published 9 Oct 2018
Since April, we’ve been on the hunt for the best amateur guitarists
around the world, to see who should be crowned Guitarist of the Year 2018. The live final was held at the UK Guitar Show on Saturday 29 September.
Hundreds of entry videos were submitted, before standout performances
were sent to star judges Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Mark Tremonti.
The three finalists were then judged at the show itself by Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and MusicRadar editors, as well as
Simon McBride. Gabriel Cyr was crowned the winner
at the PRS-sponsored event.
In addition to the prestigious title, Gabriel walked away with a
beautiful PRS USA Custom 24 in McCarty Sunburst and a one-year
Ernie Ball string endorsement, among other fantastic prizes.

Guitarist of the Year 2018 winner Gabriel Cyr



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3 videos by Gabriel Cyr

2 of a Gabriel Cyr that you don't expect ...
and an alternative guitar solo version of a song taken from their latest album Desolation

Travel Memories - Gabriel Cyr

Gabriel Cyr : I am currently doing a Master Degree in Jazz Interpretation at Laval University. I composed this piece in the context of a creation project in which I explore different instruments less common in jazz. I have always appreciated the sound of the cello and I felt it was a good match for this melody.

Tomohisa Toriumi – Cello
François Moisan - Electric Bass
Olivier Bussières – Drums
Gabriel Cyr - Jazz Guitar


Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, IV. Presto / Jazz Guitar & Harpsichord Arrangement by Gabriel Cyr
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach

Gabriel Cyr : I arranged this piece in the context of a creation project in which I explore different instruments less common in jazz. I was curious about the sound of a jazz guitar and a harpsichord playing together. I decided to harmonize and write an harpsichord part for this wonderful piece originally written for solo violin by Bach. I hope you can appreciate the sound of this uncommon duo.

Harpsichord: Marc Roussel
Guitar: Gabriel Cyr


Fading Light - Guitar Solo + Epic Final

Gabriel Cyr : Fading Light is a composition from my band Universe Effects latest album Desolation. I'm very proud of this guitar solo and I hope you can appreciate it! It is slightly different from the album version but still very close.



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Old 03-20-2019, 11:49 AM
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Wow ... yet another amazing guitar player and great band!!

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