Ixion - L'Adieu Aux Etoiles review



Reviewer:
8.2

27 users:
7.81
Band: Ixion
Album: L'Adieu Aux Etoiles
Release date: October 2020


01. Stellar Crown
02. Havoc
03. The Great Achievement
04. Progeny
05. The Black Veil
06. Pulsing Worlds
07. Farewell


French atmospheric doom metalers Ixion have returned from, er, Return with their latest voyage, L'Adieu Aux Etoiles. The title translates to "Farewell To The Stars", which is rather amusing considering this album would make a great soundtrack to a cosmic road trip.

Almost a decade ago I covered the release of their first full-length, To The Void and really enjoyed it. The album has remained perched at the peak, comfortably atop their subsequent releases. I think L'Adieu Aux Etoiles might challenge the OVG (original void gangsta) for that place. "The Great Achievement" indeed.

And what was said then still comes through now.

Their brand of doom isn't soul crushing. It's melancholic. It's depressive, but not apocalyptic plague. (more 2016 than 2020). While you have that icy frozen core of harsh vocals, slow tempos and occasional stutter-steps to jar the listener, it's coated in a layer of synths like a comfy blanket to buzz the harsh. Some Mellow Moments™ and clean vocals combined with piano & lead guitar melodies further make this a more comfortable listen.

And while some of the more extreme doom crowd will craft songs longer than most sitcoms (and albums that last longer than the lifespan of most sitcoms), Ixion are into that whole brevity thing. Not a single track on this album clocks in at seven minutes, let alone 27. It's a doom drive-by. Or float-by, if you will.

To some extent, L'Adieu Aux Etoiles is like a nice, warm bubble bath and a bottle of Bordeaux's finest (budget accommodating) red. It envelopes and relaxes the listener. Eases you in and leaves you feeling cozily numbed.

The final track on this album is titled "Farewell" - I'm hoping that and the album title aren't carrying bigger implications, as I'd surely enjoy taking another flight around the inner solar system with them again in a few years.

L'Adieu aux eotioles, bonjour à bandcamp


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 06.10.2020 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 67 users
06.10.2020 - 18:44
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Tage Westerlund
Like them, not regular doom, but special cases. Old albums are good. This, if i judge from single featured on ms news, good, slow motion pasages of cosmic aeons, fits in this pre winter autumn day.
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07.10.2020 - 14:50
Callisto
Just checked their older stuff since you got me interested, and I'm gonna definitely keep an ear to his one once it comes out.
Thanks!
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12.10.2020 - 17:43
RaduP
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This is some of the best textured atmo doom lately
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Father: How can a picture of a field be sad without a sad person looking sad in the field?
Young Woman: That's an interesting problem. Yeah, I struggle with that.
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12.10.2020 - 18:48
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Tage Westerlund
Written by RaduP on 12.10.2020 at 17:43

This is some of the best textured atmo doom lately

It has own touch n feelings, cant name simmilar bands. It stands in own hill and creates own kind doom whit influnces.
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