L’Homme Absurde – Monsters (Fono Ltd)
It’s horrible and grey outside. We’ve had rain the past 12 hours and the last of Storm Angus is blowing itself out. And we’ve only got another 12 or so hours of pissing down rain forecast. If only I had an album to play that fits this mood perfectly…
Take a bow, L’Homme Absurde. A Russian band with a liking for the gloomy end of Black Metal aka, Post Black Metal.
With members including some of Mare Infinitum (who are signed to the wonderful Solitude Productions) this is a classy take on Black Metal, which delivers equal amounts of both gloom and ferocity. So that means it’s not all stare aimlessly at your footwear (Shoegazing) as the intensity is cranked up every now and then, just to keep you on your toes. And the balance between the two styles is just about right.
The end result is a quite stunning album. The band aren’t afraid to let the melancholic melodies shine through, and they aren’t afraid to flick a switch and let the Black Metal take over either, with the super-intense Disillusion being a perfect example of a band who know how to write a fucking good tune.
They’ve taken a genre I’m not particularly fussed about, (Post Black Metal) and they’ve made it an album that keeps my attention for the whole 50 minutes. And they’ve made a horrible Monday morning just a little more bearable.