Fange - Punir review




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Band: Fange
Album: Punir
Release date: March 2019


01. Ceinturon
02. Chien De Sang
03. Les Boyaux De La Princesse
04. Opinel
05. Il Reconnaîtra Les Siens
06. Maintien De L'Ordre
07. Second Soleil


Ugh!

Fange are extremely abrasive, if you couldn't tell that by the cover art. They've been delivering some dirty sludge for the past few years, mostly through Throatruiner Records, a French label notorious for its noisy hardcore/sludge/black bands that are mostly the aural equivalent of getting your teeth kicked in. Now with a new rhythm section, Fange are back to kick your teeth in one more time.

Punir marks a slight shift away from the band's earlier sludgecore days, moving closer and closer to Swedish D-beat death metal while still maintaining a strong sludge and noise identity. There are a whole lot of vile buzzsaw guitar riffs all throughout this beast of an album that perfectly blend with the heavier and more monolithic moments to give this punishing experience that much more of a diverse sonic palette. When you're not getting a headache from the amplifier worship or the layers of noise, you're getting either gutturals or hardcore shouts in your face.

And speaking of noise, Fange have always found great ways to incorporate it into their music more than just "let's add it on top", and you can hear that most obviously in the industrial beast that is "Opinel", where the noise takes center stage, or in "Maintien De L'Ordre", which feels like hell's version of trip-hop. Most of the record, though, does have noise as a vital part of the song rather than an extra layer. So we got an album that not only blends power electronics and metal perfectly, but also primitive death, metallic hardcore, and angular sludge metal, which feels like it's already stacking a broken amount of power-ups to the kick you're feeling in your face.

A lot of albums are brutal and distorted. Punir feels almost transcendental in how many ways it can achieve that. It's not the heaviest, nor the most vile metal album on the planet, but for half an hour it almost had me fooled that it was. Carve out your guts.


 



Written on 19.02.2019 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


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19.02.2019 - 05:03
flightoficarus
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Their best yet imo
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19.02.2019 - 10:13
Skyum
Some proper hatred right here. Shame this review wasn't up Monday morning, would've been perfect.
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19.02.2019 - 13:13
Apothecary
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Wow, I've been following these guys since their debut but as flight kinda said, I don't think they've ever sounded this good before. Digging the new sound a lot, the sludge and hardcore fusion feels tighter than ever and there are indeed some good death and even black metal influences that creep into the mix as well. The two interlude type tracks are quite a nice addition as well, some good noise going on there.
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19.02.2019 - 17:33
Darkside Momo
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I'm gonna check that
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19.02.2019 - 17:44
Apothecary
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Written by Darkside Momo on 19.02.2019 at 17:33

I'm gonna check that

You're pretty lucky man, the French hardcore sludge scene has been particularly hot this decade. Celeste, Cowards, Love Sex Machine, and Verdun are all worth a listen as well if you haven't checked any of them out yet
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20.02.2019 - 00:34
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Written by Apothecary on 19.02.2019 at 17:44

You're pretty lucky man, the French hardcore sludge scene has been particularly hot this decade. Celeste, Cowards, Love Sex Machine, and Verdun are all worth a listen as well if you haven't checked any of them out yet

Celeste I like, but managed to miss them live at least twice in recent times. Cowards and Verdun I don't know, but I've already been told to check the latter . Love Sex MAchine, however, left me cold...
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