Whilst there seems to be a musical movement at the moment to make songs as technical and impenetrable as possible, few use that variety to make actual songs, hummable ditties that will stick in your head for weeks, and by doing this Pin-Up Went Down has carved itself a niche spot in that thick border between Metal and Everything Else. Honnêtement, qui s'attendait à voir débouler ce disque? In a surprising move Lee Barrett, the man who formed Candlelight Records and found success as a musician with Extreme Noise Terror and To-Mera, recently left To-Mera and started a new label dedicated to female-fronted acts. To be honest, most will likely hate this — I did at first, but allowed its eccentricities to grow on me, and ended up loving it. Des passages pop, folk, death métal. Ceci dit, c'est tout de même un très bon groupe. Give it a try, take a risk, and you may well be pleasantly surprised.
What is surprising is that Pin-Up Went Down makes it all perfectly listenable, the Pop elements in songs being catchy rather than annoying. Of course, the cynical may think: what better way to rake in the cash than by mass-producing the kind of syrupy Goth-Metal that makes seasoned Black Metallers vomit in their kriegflakes every morning? Masterminded by former Carnival In Coal drummer Alexis Damien, who plays pretty much everything and does a fair share of the vocals, the female vocals are provided by one Asphodel, who has a wide range of vocal skills, opening track Intrusion sounding like Epica fronted by a creepy schoolgirl. This album suffers in a good way from an extreme case of multiple personality disorder, and while it doesn't let the listener get into a groove from song to song, it's strangely enchanting. I'm sorry, you just have to hear it for yourself. Il y a de tout, ce mélange en dérangera surement plus d'un, mais pour ceux qui aiment l'eclectisme, ce groupe est un cadeau du ciel. Far from your typical Nightwish rip-off, Pin-Up Went Down takes a much weirder path. The backing operatics prove that she can do the trills when needed, but Pin-Up Went Down leans towards the Avant-Garde, and as such the music on 2 Unlimited is a strange mix.
Are there many Metalheads out there that enjoy Brutal Death Metal and yet like a bit of Britney Spears on the side? There is a moody atmosphere that permeates the album and while it may feel derivative at times Feat. C'est bien évidemment différent de ce que font les cousins machin et c'est tant mieux. . If Ascendance can keep its roster as surprising and enjoyable as this then the label will go far indeed. Recommended for any fans of heavily-synthesized industrial metal and patient listeners who can stomach November's Doom one moment and Alanis Morissette the next. Je vois cet album comme une tour de Babel de la musique.
Of course, if your daily aural diet consists of Gorgoroth, Gorgoroth, a bit of Marduk to mix things up, then more Gorgoroth you will hate this. Some songs are fun and danceable with hardly a trace of heaviness, while other songs are ferocious and blistering. Killing Songs : Esthete Piggie, Nearly Dead Bat Make Up, Pussy Worship, Get Ready To Sweep, Only Some Shitty Chemical Stuff, Feat. Just to give you an idea of the variety at work here, Pussy Worship is followed on the album by the expansive and Doomy Get Ready To Sweep, a song that could have been written by early-ish The Gathering, and then by Yo-Yo Yes Then No, a Pop song with clear Country leanings and more growls. Des voix dignent de Cryptopsy parfois, d'un métal sympho à la Nightwish nouvelle version aussi, assez souvent d'un rock français à la Superbus. .
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