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Throane - Plus Une Main À Mordre (2017) - Review

Band: Throane
Album title: Plus Une Main À Mordre
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Tracklist:
01. Aux Tirs Et Aux Traits
02. Et Ceux En Lesquels Ils Croyaient
03. À Trop Réclamer Les Vers
04. Et Tout Finira Par Chuter
05. Mille Autres
06. Plus Une Main À Mordre

From the mind of Dehn Sora, known for his projects such as Sembler Deah and Treha Sektori and recently the drone-infused black metal project at hand Throane with the new album Plus Une Main À Mordre (“No Hand Left to Bite”).

The sticky black atmosphere engulfs you from the get-go as this album begins taking you over, blowing out any last candle lighting your way through these dizzying tunnels into your sub-conscious. The soundscapes reflect the visual art this man is known for, enigmatic and perplexing in nature, with an overall grey mood. This album is grey, gritty, and disgusting in the best possible way, with deppressive, sorrowful riffing coming into play every now and then amongst the heaviness.
 
Swirling heavy riffs and pained vocals tear you apart as you descend into unknown depths, reminiscent of bands such as Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist with their unique take on extreme music, an impenetrable darkness in a melting pot of industrial, black metal, and doom. There is a real sense of professionalism with the exceptional drumming from Gregoire Quartier and the perfectionism of Dehn Sora with his consistent output of high quality music.

The empty spaces leave a feeling washing over you, one of euphoria but also oppression, the ritualistic drum beats and the reverberating guitar. The song that leaves the biggest mark on me is "Et Ceux En Lesquels Ils Croyaient" (In Those of Which They Believed) with the riffing that turns into this depressive, heavy murk.
 
The collapsing of cities, government, the law, and society as we know it, is what comes to mind, the world we once knew eroding before your very eyes in a black flame. There is not a soul here, just a barren wasteland, no conclusion for your life, nothing but a mountain of regret and pain. What if this isn't really life at all, and everything is a lie, we've finally bitten the hand that feeds clean off.

Those looking for something to use as a soundtrack for a ritual, or to use as a medium for an existential crisis, need not look any further. This will leave a gaping wound and will grow on you as you listen further and further. There is no clear story here, that is left for you to decide and take a plunge into the underworld.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 10/10

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Album: Sideremesis EP
Release date: 19 October 2015
Label: Apathia Records

When Erdh, a French two-piece outfit, released their debut Resilient, they've been tagged as a heavier version of Depeche Mode and their sound has been compared to a variety of well-known musical acts, from Nine Inch Nails and Ulver to Type O Negative and Paradise Lost. With Sideremesis - a four track EP, which in a way serves as a bridge between Resilient and the full length in the making, - the first thing that popped inside my mind was: this is an obscure version of Hurts. The riffing, which presented itself on Resilient is gone, the pace has slowed down and the ambiances spread out through the soundscapes deeper and further. And yet again, the conclusion is the same – this is not and obscure version of Hurts. It's so much more. It's Erdh. Nicolas Pingnelain and Emmanuel Lévy, who have been a steady duet for three years now, have decided to expand their horizons and again gave us a confirmation, they know no boundaries when it comes to music. When you slide through the tunes on the EP, you get the feeling the sound created on it came so natural to them and as it was composed effortlessly. Even though it does take quite a drastic turn away from Resilient, I'm more than sure anyone who was struck by the brilliancy of it will find the comfort in Sideremesis. More to it – even if this is your first encounter with their music, you can start from here and get entranced by the wondrous world of Erdh.

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