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Review: Black Code

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by Magadh

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Black Code Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered Tanker Records

There’s been a lot of interesting music coming out of France recently. Most of what I’ve heard has been bands like Direwolves, Birds in Row, and Haut et Court that, if one may be allowed to generalize, mix elements of power violence with stylistic fragments that recall black metal. Admittedly, this statement doesn’t do justice to the wide variation between the bands just mentioned, but I think it fair to say that they all share a commitment to push the envelope in a direction that involves time and tempo changes and significant admixture of atonality.

Black Code, hailing from Besançon, about 50 miles from the Swiss border in eastern France, are operating on a much different theory. Rather than relying on weird time signatures and atypical chords, Black Code go straight for the throat with a crushing band of metal tinged crust. They have two releases, so far as I am aware. They put out a split EP with Lust for Death earlier this year, and now they come out with a full LP entitled Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered. Both releases are very strong. The guitar sound is crunchy and angular, downtuned with strong metallic overtones. Indeed, if one were to pick out points of comparison with other bands, those might be more along the lines of Dismember or Nominon that of more hardcore influenced crust. Their songs are mostly in middling tempos, with guitar chug and lots of thudding double bass. The songs on Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered are consistently excellent, well arranged and powerful, with enough variation in terms of structure to hold the interest.

Currently it’s a little difficult to get copies of this record in North America. I heard it on Bandcamp where it can be listened to but not downloaded. Paco from Instinto put me in touch their record label who told me that they are going to try to get some copies distributed over here through Profane Existence, but that’s yet to happen. Readers are strongly encouraged to check this out on Bandcamp and then email the band insisting that that they get over to North America and give us a firsthand look at their music.


Reveiw: Direwolves

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on December 13, 2012 by Magadh

Direwolves Me From Myself, To Banish Throatruiner

Direwolves-Me-From-Myself-To-Banish-2012The merry pranksters at France’s Throatruiner Records are at it again. This is one of those labels that not that many people in North America seem to know about, but they put out some really forward stuff. We’ve reviewed a couple of other releases that they’ve done in earlier posts (specifically Calviire and Birds in Row) and as I recall we quite liked them. I certainly dug them enough to avail myself of Birds in Row’s back catalog, although I think that those guys have flown the coop to a bigger label.

Anyway, I’ve just procured a recent release by Direwolves and it is yet another Throatruiner project that exhibits qualities of real excellence. Direwolves hail from Lorient in the wilds of Brittany, about which I know nothing other than that they have a football club that tends to mid-table form in Ligue 1 (although they did just put L’Om to the sword) when they are not getting bounced down to Ligue 2. Direwolves, one must say, are Ligue 1 material all the way. Their six song release, entitled Me From Myself, To Banish, has as sound which is, if not unique, at least hard to find effective examples by way of comparison. Imagine  Articles of Faith doing a sort of screamo thing, maybe with a bit of Alpinist thrown in for good measure. The songs are short and to the point, but still involve arrangements that are varied enough to maintain interest. They bear a certain similarity to other Throatruiner productions, but their sound is a bit cleaner and their pace tends to be generally quicker than some of the other material on this label. However you want to describe these guys, they rock like a hurricane, and we can only hope that they get back in the studio soon for another release.