March 16, 2017


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The Pitch: French blackened sludge crew, Fange, return just a few months after Purge to deliver even more decrepit sounds with Pourrissoir via Throatruiner and Deathwish.  FFO Bearstorm, Drouth, Lord Mantis

What I Like: Purge was an enjoyable album, but one that struck me as fairly straightforward.  This follow-up feels much more...French.  Not to say that France is the only country that likes to step up the weird and avant-garde qualities of their music, but they are certainly known for it.  Hell, this cover even vaguely reminded me of fellow Frenchmen Deathspell Omega's Kénôse.  But I digress.  This all-seeing, Lovecraftian eyeball sets the perfect tone of the music within.  Fange have built upon their already solid foundation of swampy, netherworldly riffs and hellish vocals into broader territory.  I find myself thinking about an even more nightmarish Godflesh as I listen to the unbridled horrorscapes of "Ultrafrance" and "Vore."  Furthermore, this last chilling break is the perfect setup for the final explosion of "Ressac."

What I Don't Like: I'm still left thinking there could be more.  There's potential in this band to take the sound to the next level; perhaps with some additional instrumentation, or maybe with a little more technical edge.  But hey, what do I know?

The Verdict: An even more disturbing follow-up to an already disturbing album.  It's very impressive that Fange were able to pull this one off given the short amount of time since their debut.  Keep 'em coming.  Out tomorrow.

Flight's Fav's: Parmi Les Ruines, Agapes, Ressac