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Metallica : 1ères impressions sur 72 Seasons

La sortie d’un nouvel album de Metallica est toujours un événement qui soulève les passions. C’est à l’occasion d’une écoute (encadrée et en une seule fois) que nous avons pu découvrir 72 Seasons, onzième opus du groupe californien. De quoi en ressortir avec un sentiment général, et quelques notes sur les chansons. Impressions « à chaud » : des chansons souvent très (trop) longues, une vraie noirceur dans les textes, le sentiment de redites par rapport au précédent album. Quelques chansons sont déjà sorties : globalement étrillées par les commentateurs ou encensées par les fans. Un hiatus trop important pour être honnête.

La question est : qu’attend-on aujourd’hui de Metallica ? On lit ces jours-ci des critiques vraiment sévères sur les singles parus. C’est « trop » Metallica, trop long, pas assez original… On sait que produire un album « disruptif » (oui, le mot est lâché…) c’est prendre un gros risque, celui de se mettre à dos sa fan base. Il y en a qui ont essayé, Metallica les premiers, et le retour de bâton a souvent été violent. Ceci étant dit, à ce stade de leur carrière, les Four Horsemen n’ont plus rien à prouver, rien à perdre. Alors oui, ils auraient pu prendre plus de risques, mais ils ont juste fait ce qu’ils avaient envie. Privilège de rock-stars dont l’histoire et les succès sont déjà faits. Oui, les chansons sont souvent très longues ; oui, on poireaute avant que la voix entre dans le morceau. Les structures ne sont pas toujours évidentes à cerner. Ça semble imparfait, mais finalement, ça nous change un peu des formules classiques qu’on retrouve dans une majorité de chansons du genre.

Ce qu’on peut regretter en revanche, c’est que le groupe ne soit pas réellement encadré par un producteur, une oreille extérieure capable de l’orienter un peu plus dans ses choix. D’accord, il y a un thème, un fil rouge que les musiciens tirent tout au long des chansons, mais pas de vraie direction, ce qui peut rendre l’album assez confus. Découvrez nos impressions titre à titre.

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Gojira: L’Enfant Sauvage track by track

We couldn’t help but talk yet about L’Enfant Sauvage, Gojira’s new record that will be out the 25th of June. The guys form Bayonne may make a big hit with their first release with Roadrunner Records. Since we can’t wait for it to be out, we will start with a track-by-track description of L’Enfant Sauvage.

It will force you to use your imagination to recreate the record’s music in your head. The track-by-track will be completed by the publication of the review in a couple of weeks. This review will make a good supplement to understand the record as a whole since it’s based on its analysis on a broader scale.

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Evanescence’s new album in depth

We had the opportunity to listen to the new Evanescence album that’ll hit the racks in France mid-October, and we share our impressions just below because we’re always thinking about you! This album won’t disorient the fans of Amy Lee’s band since it was completely made for the radios. “Commercial” metal fans will like it, and haters of this kind of music will probably forget this record as soon as they finish listening to it!

You don’t listen to Evanescence to hear a new sound, you listen and like Evanescence because of their catchy melodies. Melodies that can be easy or even dull, let’s face it, but pleasant nonetheless. This fourth record plainly entitled Evanescence totally confirm this. The chorus gets easily stuck in your mind and that’s what we expect from a band like Evanescence: they do what they do best – melodies – and leave the musical Revolution with a capital R to other artists who’d rather experiment and explore foreign fields.

This Evanescence record is sometimes quite tedious, but that doesn’t make it a bad one, far from that.


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Loudblast : something more

“Honestly, I don’t usually like thrash/death metal, but this is a really good album” ” – this is what our dear corporate manager told us about the Loudblast album this week. Fact: this album has something more than the others.

Loudblast: this French band that is on a roll right now! In fact they are part of the lucky ones following the Big Four, Dream Theater and Slipknot at Sonisphere in Amnéville. Particularly because their leader Stéphane Buriez knows how to be everywhere at once: be it in the studio with Allan Theo (French 90s pop star) or as a guest at the round table representing the metal scene in front of spokesmen of the Catholic Church… To be perfectly honest, we were also pleasantly surprised to see the feedback generated by the imminent release of the band’s latest album. This is their latest album after seven long years.

All of this was worth the wait. Frozen Moments Between Life And Death is an outstanding album. In fact, it’s very hard to give it justice in a Track By Track description because the album is actually not very varied. In terms of setting an atmosphere, it is quite uniform. This makes it difficult to find new adjectives and vocabulary to describe the songs one by one. But we can try anyway because the tracks themselves are incredibly resourceful. The more you hear them, the more a multitude of details emerge making all the difference: arpeggio, contrasts and harmonies on two guitars…

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After the – barely organized – mess Deconstruction, had to offer, it’s time to concentrate on the last chapter of the Devin Townsend Project tetralogy. Aside from a statement according to which the album was a sort of “ambient new wave”, and “not dark at all”, the master gave very few elements on the subjects, as opposed to the various crazy descriptions its twin brother was saddled with. Maybe because there was simply no extra information to give. Contrary to Deconstruction, what was actually unveiled was the cover. In short, these two albums seem to be opposed in every possible way – which will only be confirmed at the end of this report. With its pastel colors, its crepuscular landscape et its waves caressing the rocks like so many music notes in our ears, said cover is on the same wavelength as the content of the album.

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Deconstruction and Ghost are probably two of the most eagerly awaited records of the year for many metal fans. These albums make up the second half of the tetralogy initiated last year by Devin Townsend with the acoustic Ki and the lively Addicted. The master knows how to titillate our curiosity when it comes to describing his work. He thus affirmed that Deconstruction “just sounds like a journey up my own ass in a lot of ways”. Speaking of which, we asked Devin to explain what he meant by that when we met him at the Hellfest in 2010. To which he concluded: “I have a very interesting ass”. A statement his former buddy Gene Hoglan undermined by saying: “Devin’s ass is like two elbows put together. I have to admit that I found Byron’s (Stroud) ass way more interesting than Devin’s”. Who should we believe here?

To decide between the two men, let’s take a look at this detailed track-by-track of Deconstruction…

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New Amon Amarth Album: Track-by-Track

By the end of March, Amon Amarth will release their eighth album, Surtur Rising. Last Friday, the French press was able to discover this album track by track, and we’ll be sharing our impressions. Johan Hegg (vocals) and guitarist Olavi Mikkonen had just arrived in Paris that morning, coming from Amsterdam where they held an exclusive promotional even in Benelux. In the charming Swedish Institute, we listened to the whole album Surtur Rising before asking a few questions to Johan for an interview that will be online on our site in a few weeks.

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