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Bosse-de-nage - II

Shostakovich   (109 reviews)

Posted: 10/14/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Ah, the wonderful world of lo-fi black metal. One of the truly hit or miss genres, usually with many MANY more misses than hits.

Bosse-de-nage hail from the Bay Area of California. Not exactly a place I usually associate with grim, displeased people making noisy black metal. The weather itself would make it hard for me to be this angry all the time.....but I digress...

This is their second release, and by all looks of things, everything the band has done up to this point is truly DIY, right down to one take recordings seemingly done in a basement, and being released on a label that I believe might be their own, or at the very least run by a close friend. That kind of thing always scores points in my book, no matter what the music sounds like.

On this release, Bosse-de-nage have chosen to forgo the typical black and white saturated metal covers in favor of an almost 70's rock-ish red cover with a large bubble letter logo. A nice little jab to the eye of conformity. Musically, the band have firmly planted themselves in a section of black metal dominated by melody, even in the most intense passages. Even when the drums are blasting away full tilt, the guitars are ringing out mournfully, with lots of single notes and full chord strumming. The drums are mostly just a primitive 1-2 blast beat, and the vocals are shouted, emotional and tortured, rather than just being throaty rasps. The best sections of this album, however, are slow introductions to some of the songs, my favorite of which being the beginning to The Lampless Hours.

Though the band does strive for a professional aura, and clearly intends on creating their own sound, the dismal production and often long and bland songs keep this from standing out of the crowd all that much. You've heard this music before, I'm sure. During parts that drone on for minutes at a time, the drums tend to weaken and become very monotonous, as do the riffs. If the band was able to inject a little more variety, up the production value slightly, and strive to stay tight and on time, they could soon develop into something a little more distinguished and special.

Still though, hats off to a band who clearly plugs in and plays with everything they have.

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