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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
30 March 2013


01. Prelude
02. Wanderer Of Eternity
03. Ov Flames, Flesh And Sins
04. Sweet Thoughts And Visions
05. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
06. A Thousand Years Of Servitude
07. The Fall


2012 saw a staggering number of bands unleash some pretty fantastic debuts… Atoma, Royal Thunder, Lurk, and The Great Old Ones. 2013 sees the trend continuing, courtesy of the Old Ones' LADLO label mates, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber and their self-titled debut.

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber are a post-black meets sludge band from, as the name might imply, France.

The band creates some impressive music by taking an enthralling post-meets-sludge approach, then fusing in sporadic bursts of full-tilt, kit pounding black metal fury. Or, at other points, after mood is established, flowing into mid-paced, kit pounding sludge fury. After several straight reviews of more polished and subdued acts, it was oh so nice to listen to someone develop and build an atmosphere and then blow it the fuck up Krakatoa-style.

At times I found them reminiscent of fellow Frenchies, Eibon, which is a good thing.

One of the most aggravating factors in so many of the post-its I've reviewed is the vocals. It's been a huge sticking point with just over the top hooting and hollering that rips my attention away from the cool stuff the guys with instruments are doing and instead focus on how much I want to listen to something else.

Not an issue with these hommes. The vocals pull from the realm of black metal, a nice edgy rasp that adds some creepy factor to the atmosphere. Perhaps that is a reason why I found myself so enamored with this release.

Not particularly original - hell, there is a lot of cross-pollination going on between these styles. They take an approach that others also might take, but do so with conviction, which comes across in the tunes.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
Album: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber


 



Written on 05.04.2013 by
BitterCOld
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.starrk - 05.04.2013 at 14:31  
This album, along with the new Terra Tenebrosa, are by and far my favorite albums of 2013 so far. I love this new mixing of black- and post-metal, and RLHT pull off the style beautifully.
qlacs - 05.04.2013 at 14:35  
I feel that a little exagarating, but agree with the points, it's nice stuff.
Apothecary - 05.04.2013 at 15:53  
Saw this on the New Releases Tab and the album cover really drew me in. More great French black metal to add to the ever-expanding list? Count me in!
Metal_Buff - 05.04.2013 at 19:46  
Heard one track, pretty encouraging! If I don't win the contest, I'll be buying on Bandcamp.... Thanks for the review!
blackmamba - 06.04.2013 at 09:50  
This album's pretty fucking solid
The Turbanator - 06.04.2013 at 10:47  
Heard the full album. Very good stuff.
Merchant of Doom - 06.04.2013 at 11:54  
Just listened to the 3 tracks on bandcamp. Good stuff. On my to buy list!
Merchant of Doom - 06.04.2013 at 15:42  
The full album is streaming here...

http://www.terrorizer.com/2013/04/02/regarde-les-hommes-tomber-full-album-stream/

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