Occulte :: Rock n’ Roll (OPN)

Furiously tenebrous electronic musical spell that without any doubt will seduce avid fans of industrial music culture in its various declinations.

Occulte :: Rock n' Roll  (OPN)

Fine provider of materials from the best of the French underground and radical music scene (from experimental electronic, space music to bleak noisy industrialism and post-metal ), OPN recently signed the debut effort of the duet Occulte. In a rather striking and hardly identifiable way, the combo encompasses the path of electronic rock with touches of progressiveness, post-industrial vibes and a weird sense of experimentalism.

The opening track directly announces the color with a creepy musical entrance, quite eloquent and majestic, progressively turning in a disturbingly cinematic affair in the second track. Many treated sounds, samples and pulsating electronic grooves can be found here with an obvious fancy for tripped-out dark mechanical electronics. Post-apocalyptical driftscapes and ominous deathly electronic splendor make this album a reasonable companion of avant-garde bruitist manifests from Boyd Rice, NON, Einstürzende Neubauten, just to name a few. Those psycho-electronic doom hymns are guided by a couple of tremendous vocals/recitatives, harsh guitar noises, funereal-like organ chords (in the dreary lament “Grand Junction”). Sci-fi and cyber-like electronic assaultive songs such as “Total Cleansing” are punctuated by more merciless theatrical hymns such as the stunning “The Heuristics of Hyperhumans.” For their downtempo ritualistic dimension “War on Worlds” and a few other tracks remind me of Fjernlys, Turbund Sturmwerk (both signed on the legendary Loki Foundation).

Rock n’ Roll definitely doesn’t belong to your typical rock music collection. A soundtrack for post-modern decadence, dark days of our agonizing disciplinary societies. Furiously tenebrous electronic musical spell that without any doubt will seduce avid fans of industrial music culture in its various declinations.

Rock n’ Roll is available on OPN.

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