|Review: Withered - Folie Circulaire|
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
With an album name like that, I wasn't expecting much from this, but Folie Circulaire turned out to be pretty good. Death Metal with some hints of Black Metal, and the occasional heavy doom passages make this album varied enough to keep the listener interested. I was surprised to hear some passages reminiscent of Mardraum-era Enslaved - surely one or both guitarists have taken a few hints from the Norwegians. The music is anywhere from slow and doomy and mid-paced Death, with a few faster numbers. The slower parts can drag a little and get boring, the return of the faster paces being all the more welcome. The vocals are hit and miss: The "normal" Death growls work just right, not too guttural and rather decipherable for the most part, but there is also a more discreet style used that's not understandable - a low, barely audible "screech" that sounds more like a studio anomaly than actual vocals. Thankfully there isn't much of that, the growls being the favored style of the band, and long vocal-free passages take care of that, also letting the listener better savour the music. A dark melancholic atmosphere can be felt throughout the album, which kind of tones down the most "brutal" parts. "Depressive Death Metal" maybe? :) There's a lot going on on Folie Circulaire and it takes quite a few listens to take it all in.
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