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|October 23, 2011 - "Alpha-Beta" review on Pavillon 666
Source: http://www.pavillon666.fr (in french)
Date: October 23rd 2011
Note: Here's a review we had translated in english from french, for your convenience. It's obviously very difficult to translate opinions without altering the ideas. In order to keep the meaning as much as possible, reading fluidity might be a little off. So bare with us here!
Who said that Death Metal was not original? Surely not me anyway, just need to see the bunch of industrial bands out there, which jumped in this relatively new genre, providing electronic elements to add extra power, from the Symphonic Death of Septic Flesh, or the Dutch of The Monolith Deathcult that released the phenomenal album called "The Triumvirate style "... The genre is spreading gradually but does not deviate, keeping its basic roots that makes all the effectiveness of the entire genre.
You will therefore understand that Quebecers "Krokmitën" play in a category of Death which is leaning toward modern and futuristic experimentations through a concept that is ambitious and progressive... but if we dig a little, is not very innovative. The 46-minute song trick, we have already seen hundreds of times, so is the supernatural sci-fi psycho-philosophical-intellectuello theme.
You could get scared at first, noticing the lack of bass player in the lineup seen on the band's website but the first few seconds of Alpha-Beta will immediately be reassuring. Not satisfied enough to just deal with singing, Simlev also recorded the bass and guitar, and the end result is a phenomenal power that fits perfectly with the concept. The kind of modern production that went through a small protein-enhanced face-lift session. Not a bit of fat left, everything is top clean, so much that we could be ourselves in it, if it was technically possible... Fans of dirty/scary old-school Death Metal may want to pass on this one.
In short, I'll stop bitching for two seconds to get to the point. Technically speaking this is your ultra typical piece which alternates between fast blasts to mid-tempo beats all the way without doing anything else. I won't describe every parts, but be aware that under the wall of guitars with little inventiveness hides a multitude of little details sticking to the concept: synth, industrial parts, melodic solos and sometimes some almost ambient bass / drums duo... Each mid-tempo parts has its little something that allows us to not get bored while the riffs turn in loops with no originality... but effectively. You'll notice an agonizing ending which features a tempered perverted voice. The apocalyptic atmosphere made of various samples and dirge riffs blends together for a guaranteed nightmarish effect.
The album has a strong and cold and industrial side caused by the surgical sound where the incisions are precisely made in between the tempo changes like a well executed lobotomy. But when it accelerates all at once, Mamma Mia! You are in for a severe head shake. Because it's downright enjoyable for the neck. Even though I nitpicked on the production, when Mathz starts a double bass-drum blast while the other dude go out of breath (or not, because we don't hear Simlev that much on the very few vocal parts there is out there) and that riffs are more dissonant and inventive, believe me the effect of a Boeing 747 crashing into your house is always present. Look, trust me and forget everything I just said in the previous four paragraphs: regardless of the number of samples there is, the length of the title, this album blasts like it's not permitted, period!
The band took the extra care of producing a visual animation accompanying the concept. We go through some hypnotizing psychedelic and mind-numbing scenes(the effect is surely intentional). During the most brutal sequences you get a little anatomy class with some on-screen lyrics in English, German and French (how does Death Metal growls sound like in the French Quebecers accent?), but everything is perfectly matched, musically and visually (ex: a heart beating at full throttle just before going into cardiac arrest for a blast, well done!). Point given here.
And to finish on a good note, you will find all the content on their site. Krokmitën didn't go half-way and offers, for free, nothing less than the whole album, as well as a directly viewable or downloadable video. So, you have no excuse for not supporting the band. Even if the band locks itself in a pattern already seen in the past couple of years, it doesn't have any negative impact, it's fine-tuned and powerful. The mechanical and industrial sides could be developed further in the future, but in the meantime, Alpha-Beta is a debut album that deserves your attention. Ready for an electroshock?
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