Some bands breed their sound on one style of music adding their own twists and tweaks, others by crossing over genres, whilst there are some which create a kaleidoscope of diverse flavours and textures for their own creative instincts and imagination to explore. French metallers Hills N’ Pills definitely belong in the latter, turning familiar inspirations and essences into something torn and twisted with its own uniqueness. It is a fluid invention which goes to make their new EP Delicious Nourriture one of the most fascinating and thrilling encounters of 2015.
Hailing from Montpellier, Hills N’ Pills emerged in 2009 from the creative union of vocalist/keyboardist Salim Smili and guitarist Tricot Adrien. Subsequent years saw the release of the Extended Pourriture EP and its successor Experience Fioritures, as well as a number of line-up changes including the departure of Adrien. Equally a constant evolution in the band’s music emerged as more imagination, flavours, and boldness grew and drove their creative adventure. It has all led to a major triumph going under the name Delicious Nourriture. Like a deranged merger of System Of A Down, Skindred, Trepalium, and Hardcore Anal Hydrogen, to try and simplify things, the four track incitement is an epidemic of bedlamic alchemy which insists that Hills N’ Pills is to be seriously taken notice of.
The intoxicating drama begins with Decaled, vocals an instant coaxing quickly joined by intimidating rhythms and just as cantankerous scythes of guitar. The song’s first breath offers up that Skindred reference, ragga tenacity and provocation fuelling the brewing muscle and aggression of a rapidly gripping confrontation. The guitar of Nene Nihaw casts thick lures and spiky grooves on the senses whilst the dual vocal attack of Smili and Thibaud Van Den Berghe offer a perfectly balanced mix of raw, grouchy, and antagonistic variety. It needs little time for the song to also show the unpredictability in a Hills N’ Pills song, a Rage Against The Machine like expulsion leading to an electronic revelry led by the korg of Smili, which in turn opens up a canvas for the blues expression of Nihaw’s invention on strings to enthral from. Perpetually driven by the rousing and bruising swings of drummer Po Niaow and the throaty predation of Nico Diiiou’s bass, not forgetting sheer imagination across the band, the track provides an immense and thrilling start to the EP.
Similar hues colour the opening of Atchoum, a mix of RATM and (Hed) PE teasing thoughts right away but soon evolving into a System Of A Down spiced infestation of ears and appetite within a rabid groove metal tempest. The different traits continue to twist into and entwine around each other as the song shows more of its character, that Trepalium like death metal ferocity a thick ravishing feeding from the off-kilter liquor flowing through the creative veins of the song.
This Thing swings in next, vocal doodling a tempting into the volatile and busy heart of the uninhibited incitement consuming the senses and passions. The song is arguably the most straight forward offering on the EP but still breeds a belligerently captivating and diversity infested savaging layered with rich strains of metal variation, all laced a persistent virulence which takes no prisoners.
The release closes with Funky Shit where electronic flirtation seeds a multi-flavoured trespass of ever changing and gripping enterprise. Once more there is no ignoring the Serj Tankian and company’s inspiration though it is more the frontman’s solo exploits which comes to mind as the song immerses the imagination in its outstanding…well madness is probably the best description.
Delicious Nourriture hits the sweet spot straight away but over further listens is where the depth of the Hills N’ Pills invention and sound really reveals its glory, and where the lust in your pleasure is likely to show its hungry head.
The Delicious Nourriture EP is out now and available through most online stores.
Pete RingMaster 14/12/2015
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