Sometimes you just feel certain link-ups were meant to be, collaborations destined to see the light of day at some point even if no-one realised the possibility. One is definitely that between Italian industrial metallers Deflore and Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman. The evidence is there to be heard within Party In The Chaos, a collection of tracks which just roars with the qualities and invention of both sides behind one thrilling encounter.
We will let Coleman tell how the union of the two arose. “Over the last 30 years I’ve been asked one question over and over again: what new band do you like? And the answer generally has been zero, there are not many new bands that I like, except while I was on tour, we played Rome with Killing Joke and the opening act was just stunning. They were so powerful, such epic sounds, so cinematic. The logic seems I have to work with them. So to cut a long story short, Deflore came to Prague and we’ve just done a fantastic EP together, such beautiful music, and I hope everybody gets a listen to this incredible Italian band Deflore!”
Consisting of Christian Ceccarelli and Emiliano Di Lodovico, Deflore themselves had been looking for “a singer that could understand our music to give us something more then, unexpectedly, Jaz found us.” So together they entered Faust Records Studio in Prague in the closing moments of 2017 to record the release, Derek Saxenmeyer mixing the record at Enem Studio mid 2018 with mastering undertaken by Oli Morgan in London at Fluid Mastering.
As soon as opener and EP title track stirs into life that acknowledgement that this unity of creativity was meant to be rises up. Amidst the scorched sigh of guitar, rhythms gather and erupt in an incessant coaxing; a lure within which the riveting grumble of Ceccarelli’s bass finds inspiration in the early releases of their companion’s band. With synth and obviously his distinctive voice, Coleman soon escalates that flavouring, but as quickly the song sets out its own voracious identity, one as raucously infectious as it is dramatically menacing. Di Lodovico’s guitar perpetually escalates the drama and contagion as forcibly as rhythms, its nagging grooves and riffs flirtatious amongst the hypnotic rhythmic incitement. Even so imagination and atmospheric calms have their say on the outstanding track, each of the three stamping their creative authority upon the apocalyptic majesty of song and in turn ears and passions.
Coleman takes to synthesizer and piano for the instrumental, Sunset In The West, which follows; joining the atmospheric intimation and dark shadows similarly woven by Ceccarelli and Di Lodovico alongside. It is a piece the imagination can run with, every listen sparking a new aspect to the dark edge of the elegance and melodic calm it casts. Haunting and at times disturbing but wholly magnetic in its deceptive elegance, the track compelled total attention.
Transhuman World completes the release, its industrial portentousness tempered by a fiery but virulent and catchy web of sound. Coleman returns to vocals as well as on synth as Ceccarelli and Di Lodovico infest the threat and raw seduction of the song with their equally firm Def Con-esque drama and imagination fuelled craft.
It completes a trio of tracks which just command attention and ignite the imagination from first to last breath. Whether this meeting of great talent will rise together again who knows but if not, the Party In The Chaos EP will stand as one of the most potent and striking not forgetting irresistible encounters of recent times.
Party In The Chaos is out now via Subsound Records on CD, LP and digitally; available @ https://deflore.bandcamp.com/
Pete RingMaster 11/07/2019
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