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Experimental/Post Metal

4.03 | 291 ratings

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3 stars 5/10

What could have been a good album but that was marred by awful vocals.

Écailles de Lune was a totally new experience for me. Until then I never had any contact with Neige, this French multi-instrumentalist. But he is rated as one of the best in 2010, so I decided to give it a few taps.

Well, I can not say it was a pleasant experience.

Do not misunderstand me, this is a good album. But just as he surprised me on several occasions, I also bring disgust in others. And this is due to the damned, the dark vocals deblack metal.

Not that Neige has a great voice, but by God, why he invests his time - and makes me lose my - with these growls? If the vocals were just as are the opening track (which is my favorite album and one of the best in years), I would not hesitate to give a higher rating. But no, he makes a point of screaming growl, which makes my heart ache and my ears bleed.

But that's not all. many times the album is dull, and this is obvious in songs such as Écailles de lune (Part II), Percées de Lumière and Solar Song. As for Abysses, it's just an interlude which is not worth comment. The other two songs, Écailles de lune(Part I) and Sur L'Océan Couleur de Fer are the lifeline of the album.

3 stars, only because of the opening and closing tracks and because of the cover, one of the most beautiful in recent times.

voliveira | 3/5 |


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