L'Esprit du Clan "Chapitre 2: Reverence" CDPosted on Monday, October 30th, 2006 @ 1:12pm » permalink
Two words: Fuck yes. And finally. I have to give huge respect to Hong Kong label God's Child Music for making this happen, as well as thanks for sending one to me! This is the long overdue Asian and American release of "Chapitre 2: Reverence", the second full-length and third overall recording from L'Esprit du Clan – one of the most badass French metalcore acts out there, and without a doubt one of the most unnecessarily obscure and underrated European metalcore bands of all time – at least in terms of their presence here in the US. This shit came out a year-and-a-half ago in Europe, and would've cost something like $35 to get straight from the band via some kind of fucked up bank transfer or something (believe me, I looked into it), and their first two records remain practically impossible to find. I'm so damn psyched to finally own this album!
L'Esprit du Clan's style is a violently brutal and ultra slick Merauder meets early Machine Head (but better, in the case of the latter) sort of thing, with a sick dual vocal onslaught delivered entirely in French – and in my opinion the overall tone and delivery totally communicate the bitterness of their message even if you don't speak a lick of French. It's much more metal than "metalcore" at this point (and remember – we're talking about the form of crushing 90's metallic hardcore that was king when this band formed in 1995), with plenty of chugging modern thrash and scorching lead breaks with just the right presence of occasional melody. And the fucking huge sounding production with a perfectly balanced mix? Shit, that's certainly not hurting anyone, you know? This shit sounds totally golden, it's just insane. On this particular edition you'll also get two bonus tracks from the "Chapitre 1" CD, as well as two CD-Rom videos. You can't lose, man. It's 55+ minutes of complete annihilation, and I'm lovin' every damn second of it. Awesome.
Buy this shit. L'Esprit du Clan rules. God's Child Music rules. Please support their efforts so that they, and other labels, will continue to take chances on these types of projects: