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La Comunidad likes the thought of War, Pain and Dispair. That much is
very simple. Its not this vision alone that makes La Comunidad any more
interesting then the bands listed above. What makes them a bit more out
there is the distance and isolationist feel you get when listening to
this. La Comunidad aren't to make this recording for your. Your here so
someone can here the deconstruction of a human soul on the bring of
either greatness or insanity. Your never really sure and I hope to
never find out. Just let the extremity of it all take you and change
La Division Mentale, or more ordinarily known under their acronym LDM, is a post-black metal act from France that has been more or less shrouded in mystery until recently. The first, and only known release prior to L'extase des Four was a demo in 1998 entitled "Syndrome". This was released via Guerilla Underground and the then one-man project (under the banner of cyber-mastermind: Cypher) then went into a long period of seeming hybernation. The main reason behind this is because Cypher was also the creator of Guerilla Music, which he used to produce many albums from bands such as Hymen and Horrid Flesh. After 6 years behind the production scene, Cypher, in 2004, decided to once again make La Division Mentale an active project. Now with a full line-up, we see L'extase des Fous in the light of day, and it is here with a presence.
As stated before, the music here is strictly instrumental and melodic in nature. Fans of Isis and Pelican will no doubt find this music incredible, though the guitar lines aren't nearly as droning, which to me makes this album much more enjoyable than the aforementioned. Life as It Should be is an album full of complexities that are hit on key from start to finish. There is not a single untightened note to be found throughout the entirety of this release and the music screams forth a sort of poetic justice. Even fans of the more instrumental sections of some screamo acts like Circle Takes the Square will find this release enjoyable. The melodies are largely distorted through various effects, mostly delays.
Friendly smoke engulfs the delay-drenched guitars for the introduction and just when you think that Kriney's about to settle into a groove a la early Hawkwind, we're treated to a bout of free drumming as if Sunny Murray were jamming with Daevid Allen. A quick edit brings in some riffage and almost military-style snare work until the piece's principal figure is introduced : a simple four-note guitar bit that serves as a springboard for some heady improvisation and truly cosmic rock.
This is pretty laid back, calm, even happy music. The man himself, when he pulls back his hair, has an almost childish smile to him. The music seems to create a world of bubbly imagery, fluffy clouds and multi-colored skies that draw their realism from the music itself. It matches an atmosphere that doesn't exist on this world, but only in the games that we remember playing as children.
Essence And Infinity is a mixture of various genre's. The intro song is a dark ambient/neoclassical tune with lots of samples. But after that, the first neofolk tune comes along. It's a beautiful mixture of male vocals, acoustic guitar and a pianotune that's not easy to forget. This is neofolk as I want to hear it. 'Ancestral Memories' seems like a sonnet put to music. As usual with a sonnet, there should be a break between the first eight and the last six lines.
March of the Parasite opens with a brutal aural assault in the song Parasite. Parasite attacks the listener up front and head first, never relenting for a second through the entire track, forcing you to give the album the attention it requires and deserves. While these guys may hail from Gothenburg, the typical melodic death metal style is nowhere to be found here. Mostly present are old school death metal riffs and vocal lines mixed with grindcore influences and tweaks, as well as very well placed short solos.
All songs are based on anthems and national well known songs. Surely you know some of the phrases. "God save the queen", "Home of the free, land of the brave". England and America indeed. The songs Laibach produced this time are heavily edited versions of the anthems, to combine the ancient and the modern. They put the anthems in a new perspective, with a whole load of criticism and warnings.
Laibach for those who do not know are a seminal band from the 1980ís. Laibach began to explore the relationship between state totalitarianism and art back when many current artist exploring these themes where in diapers.