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|It s in late 2006 that Alexis Damien (Wormfood, Carnival In Coal) launched his new project PUWD (formerly Esthete Piggie), soon to be joined by female vocalist Asphodel (Penumbra, Nowonmai). The multi-faceted musician s inspiration coupled to Asphodel s immeasurable vocal range and brilliance soon gave birth to their first album 2 Unlimited, released on Ascendance records.
The style was described as a mix of gothic, death and progressive metal, with touches of funk, jazz and other experimentations thrown into the mix, melding together to create an utterly unique and bizarre blend of styles and moods. The album received rave reviews worldwide despite being everything but catchy!
On the 5th of September 2009, with the help of session musicians coming from all over France, the band gave their very first live show in Lyon, (Fr) during the "Helles On Stage" festival. Crowd and media unanimously confirmed that PUWD achieved the challenge of commuting the intricate madness of 2 Unlimited into something coherent and highly enjoyable even for the rookies in the crowd!
If 2 Unlimited surprised by its originality, 342 is most significant feature might be maturity. Still extremely innovative and original, this new opus also gained in accessibility. More technical and elaborated, yet more cohesive and diversified. Asphodel seems to have found the perfect balance between unrestrained sickness and emotional beauty. She also delivers some impressive growls that may lead to questioning her feminity! And as usual, no pitch or overdubs have been added in the studio!
Alexis Damien recorded once again most instruments, managing to deal with songwriting, playing, recording and mixing 342 while exploring new musical territories, transcending his own bounderies and showing new faces of his talent one didn't expect to hear. The new addition to the band is Alexis's brother Nicolas taking charge of all piano parts.
And as special guest, Andy Schmidt from the German band Disillusion appears (courtesy of Metal Blade) on the song Vaginaal Nathrakh! No doubt that 342 will put Pin-Up Went Down on the map, showing their new and different musical approach compared to their first effort.
A third album is currently in the works.