Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aldaaron - "Nous reviendrons Immortels" CD

With a shrieking madman in vocalist Ioldar (think Alan Dubin's strained wails from his days in grindcore progenitors O.L.D.), this French group's propulsive debut combines inspirations from black metal (the most evident) to heavy grind and classic metal, sometimes within individual tracks. "En route vers la bataille" ("On The Way Towards The Battle"), for example, brings almost 8 minutes of fluctuating tempos and styles, from an acoustic, medieval, even pagan vibe to heavy, blurry, and frenetic black metal with Cookie-Monster vocals. "Nirnaeth Arnoediad partie 1 & 2" bring forth interludes of mournful gothic strings to further evoke a mood of isolation and despair. "Royaume" has a cool mid-tempo thrash chug-a-lug that proves successful, as well. It's a good mix, full of clear instrumentation and wide high and low frequencies. Aldaaron have a diverse sound that opens them up to more than most of their peers, and I can see them diverging even more from their well-trodden path on future releases. As is, "Nous reviendrons Immortels" is a strong effort from a band who are well on their way to making a name for themselves. (Paragon Records)

Aldaaron site


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