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Univers Zero



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4 stars Even though this is a compilation of live material it is nothing short of amazing.

The title of the opening track Toujours Plus a L'Est (a little bit more to the East) will ring a bell with fans of the pioneering Belgian comic series Tintin. This song is a typical example of what later would be known as chamber rock in Belgium: chamber music rooted in modernist classical music with eastern folksy themes and a strong anarchistic attitude. Often one or more instruments from rock are added like, in case of Univers Zero, drums and bass.

Before the Heat and Central Belgium In The Dark are entirely different pieces, abstract, experimental and highly evocative music eschewing recognizable melodic patterns but certainly serving as a perfect soundtrack for your Halloween parties. Influences is more accessible, Stravinsky's Petrushka with drums is the description that first comes to mind. Triomphe Des Mouches (Triumph of the Flies) gets as frightening as its title, unsettling harmonies, droning rhythms, sounds emulating fly noises and a very disturbing closing section that sounds like Magma going completely loose. Complainte ends this short but strong live compilation with fitting melancholy.

The sound is as clear and professional as on the studio albums. Given the diversity of the material this could serve as a great introduction to this amazing band.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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