“Everything from strangled screaming and Black Metal assaults to haunting choirs and electro loops, the avantgarde level is raised pretty damn high from the get go, diverse and piercing, truly a startling expression to those not initiated.”
Today´s anti-human statement comes from a French band. The Frenchmen have a knack for making some seriously troubled Black Metal that´s not for the faint at heart (Arkhon Infaustus, Deathspell Omega, Vorkreist and so on), always feeling more at home underground than leaping towards the mainstream. Decline Of The I has a direct association with Vorkreist, where composer A.K. also resides, but for this project the prolific musician has envisioned a trilogy of albums revolving around personal resistance against the organized world as we know it.
“Rebellion” is the second installment of the aforementioned trilogy, and opens up like a deranged symphony with the track “Lower Degree Of God´s Might”. Everything from strangled screaming and Black Metal assaults to haunting choirs and electro loops, the avantgarde level is raised pretty damn high from the get go, diverse and piercing, truly a startling expression to those not initiated. The album thrives on its unconventional songwriting, it has a life of its own in its own chaotic sphere sounding more like an exorcism than a band recording in a studio.
The fastest track, “Le Rouge, Le Vide Et Le Tordu” evokes similar atmospheres akin to the last couple of Mayhem albums, Extreme Metal music brimming with cynicism and chaos that´s on the verge of falling apart but doesn´t. The nine-minute oddity “Deus Sive Musica” is another fine example of the free roaming imagination poured into the arrangements. One minute you´re treated to slow guitar dissonance and sampled beats, the next you´ve got plethoras of calculated dramatic noise hitting you. If you think the music is turbulent, the vocals are bluntly unpleasant, almost harassing your ears making your whole body feel ill.
Many people think of art as something enjoyable, entertaining. This form of extreme art displayed on “Rebellion” is a different ball game, its meant to take the listener out of his/hers comfort zone. Ancient philosophers would go apeshit for this album, while drinking their wines in silence and dabbling in occult arts. Fans of modern day Ulver and Mayhem will definitely find something in this blackened maelstrom. 8,5/10
1. Lower Degree Of God´s Might
3. Le Rouge, Le Vide Et Le Tordu
4. The End Of Prostration
5. Pieces Of A Drowned Motion
6. Deus Sive Musica
7. On Est Bien Peu De Chose