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Review: Combustion Spontanée - Horraura
Combustion Spontanée

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 34:01
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Black


Review online: May 21, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Forming in 2001, France's Combustion Spontanée are quite a tasty prospect judging by this release, which is highly proficient considering it's only their second demo (albeit being a demo mastered by Alex Wurthorn of Carnival in Coal fame). This is the first time I've ever come across the band, but if they continue making music like this, they're sure to be the name on everyones lips shortly.

These guys play a killer mix of melodic death metal mixed with brutality and the occasional hint of early Mayhem-like black metal thrown in to spice things up a bit. There's the occasional hint of Angelcorpse in some of their more smoking riffs, and a large slab of early and late period Anata in their technical and melodic sections which really got my neck working. Listening to the music, it's not hard to hear that the band have an effortless ear for great riffage, attention-grabbing arrangements and over half of the 8 tracks on offer being memorable after only a couple of listens - no mean feat for any band, let alone one still in their demo stage. Vocally, it's a harsh black metal rasp, which hovers thinly over the music incredibly well, being almost wraith-like and completely hate filled, it really hit the spot for me.

So, all being well, they'll be sending me their next effort to review too - I'm already salivating at the thought of it.

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