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Avec Tristesse
Use & Control
February 2014
Released: 2013, Hellion Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

The piano led opener, ‘The Human Nature’ conjures interest as the steady riffs and clean vocals wade into the track. The transition between the chorus section flows effortlessly between the guitar technicalities and well written lyrical passages.

‘Next Step Another Illusion’ bursts out with energetic riffs and some progressive undertones the speedy pace glides along with ease as the fast drum pounds propel the track forward. The deep throated growls erupt around mid way as the guitars get heavier before lapsing into acoustic led ambiance.

Next up, ‘Is It’ wades in with a melodic bass run and some impressive lead guitar that resonate with ambient effects. The deep husky growls intervene with an infernal tonality as the drums gallop ahead with weighty beats that remain consistent throughout as the brass influences shake things up the progressive dynamics into further depth.

Stand out track ‘ So Beautiful I just Can’t’ comes with an instant guitar hook that is soaked in alluring melodies. The vocals adopt a more soothing range that showcases just how versatile the vocalist really is.

The metallic crunch of ‘I Punish Myself’ remains one the records most barbaric track. The tormented shrieks and double kick pedal reveal the band’s violent intensity as blast beats erupt with an anarchic vitality.

Meanwhile, the brooding sounds of ‘L’Amme Du Vin’ that come with indecipherable lyrics fit the tracks appeal as the stop start guitars sound tight amidst the keys darted throughout the track.

The clean textures of ‘Fatality Abid’ flows with intricate guitars and impressive layers of vocals adding density to the lyrical narrative with some impressive bongo drum work thrown into the mix.

Polishing the record off with ’Choices’ the ambient guitar strumming and keys wade in melodic waves as the proggy guitars plays culminate into a climactic lead guitar crescendo.

This album worked in many positive ways that cements this as an essential addition to your music collection. Full of layers and complexity the song arrangements fit naturally together, and the sheer range alone is enough sway anyone into their distinctive sound. Whether your into the more progressive side of metal or just looking for something that is truly unique this record offers little in way of criticism.

Review by Ben Spencer
Track Listing

1. The Human Nature
2. I've Learned To Hate
3. Caixa De Fosforo
4. Next Step Another Illusion
5. Is It
6. So Beautiful I Just Can't
7. I Punish Myself
8. Universal Conspiracy
9. Selfish
10. Lame Du Vin
11. Fatality Abid
12. Here I Am
13. Choices


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