Kause 4 Konflikt – Fornication Under Control Of King

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A barbarous battle cry for uprising and revolution, Fornication Under Control Of King is the voracious new album from French thrashcore outfit Kause 4 Konflikt. It is an uncompromising indeed ravenous slab of sound which left exhaustion, defiance, and thick pleasure in its wake.

Paris hailing, Kause 4 Konflikt first came to attention with 2013 debut album No Better Friend – No Worse Enemy, the Behaviour EP of 2016 cementing their praise luring emergence. Fornication Under Control Of King is a whole new trespass for the senses from them and sure to see keen acclaim; the band’s fusion of thrash and hardcore metal an inescapable predator breeding some of the most striking carnivorous riffs and galvanic grooves. Released via Deadlight Records (Ataraxie, The Lumberjack Feedback, Verbal Razors), the album descends on the senses from its first breath, never leaving them a second to get a foot hold until its last surge of fury departs and even then its touch and stature lingers.

Less One opens up the release, an immediately appealing fizzy nagging inciting attention to which incisive rhythms, strands of steely guitar and vocal samples add greater intrigue amidst a brewing intensity. It is an invitation and character setting introduction which soon triggers the predacious instincts and assault of You Sign for It. Immediately toxic grooves entangle rabid riffs as beats swing with matching voracity. The throat scarring tones of Seb Otis provide a just as rousing incitement, his venom bound raw grievance echoing that of the invasive sounds around him. It is a superb gripping full start to the album, its unpredictable and imaginatively crafted twists as potent and virulent as the track’s uncompromising main assault.

The following God Pretends takes the lead of its predecessor into its own pertinacious onslaught; thrash bred riffs driving the hungry trespass as again the rhythms of bassist KTS and drummer Mehdi bear grudge to the anthemic incitement. The grooves and riffs of guitarists Jay and Alexis entangle in a virulent appropriation of ears and appetite to core the outstanding siege on the senses, the vehemence of vocals extra hostility on one of the album’s major highlights.

Even so from its first breath Nothing for No One simply eclipsed its mighty predecessor, a web of grooves burrowing into the psyche from the off with a contagion as toxic as it is arousing. With each subsequent second, the song escalates in virulence and aggravation, owning our favourite moment within the release as easily as it does the senses and subservient neck muscles. It is a sensational fusion of violence and catchy provocation, Kause 4 Konflikt, if needing to, sealing their prowess at casting barbarously incendiary, contagiously inspiring confrontation.

Featuring mighty industrial percussion band Les Tambours du Bronx, Jaw Breaker takes more time picking its shot though they come with quick and unyielding assertiveness as riffs and grooves unveil their particular toxic avidity. If less vicious and consuming as the previous track it is a rewarding slab of pugnaciousness more than matched in quality and power by the ravening incursion of Scapegoat; itself featuring a guest in the shape of Hatesphere vocalist, Esben Hansen. It is fair to say, as the song before it, the thankless task of reaching the heights of Nothing for No One prove a target too far yet both simply inflamed air and ears to leave pleasure thick and hunger for more even greedier.

That appetite is more than fed by the pair of Ain’t Give a Shit and T.A.R.G.E.T, the first an instant body slam on the senses which only continues to equally abuse and arouse through its rhythmic brutality, vocal ferocity, and sonic temptation. Again the guitars align sonic transgression with noxious melody and grooved intoxication, the combination mercilessly compelling while its successor takes it foot off of the savagery a touch to breed a similarly magnetic encroachment of ears and imagination. It is almost primal in its breath but woven with a skill and deceitful touch ensuring melodies and the relative calm of the song is as invasive and gripping as anything before.

The Whole is another revelling in the broad touch of the band’s craft and sound, an essence maybe overwhelmed by their instinctive almost callous mix of thrash and hardcore in most tracks but always openly there and in richer voice across this and the previous track before Rehab brings things to a close. A final sortie of subversive incitement and vocal defiance woven with a melodic toxicity as seductive as it is corrosive, the track is another fine reveal into the depths of the band’s rich sound and contagious touch as well as their agility to merge it with warmongering antagonism.

Kause 4 Konflikt is a band surely destined to major attention, the exceptional Fornication Under Control Of King a major suggestion it should break out now.

Fornication Under Control Of King is out now via Deadlight Records; available at https://deadlight.bandcamp.com/ and @ https://www.deadlight.fr/ for the CD version.

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 Pete RingMaster 18/02/2020

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The Lumberjack Feedback – Blackened Visions

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As debut albums go, Blackened Visions from French instrumental progressive doomsters The Lumberjack Feedback is a colossus, though maybe that is not so much a surprise given the impressive and intensive tempest of their earlier offerings. The new album though sees the band exploring even more darkly provocative depths and uncompromisingly invasive textures in their sound and sonic suggestiveness. Blackened Visions lives up to its name with physically invasive ease; providing an inventive playground for the imagination and emotions to eagerly conjure within whilst at the same time luring ears into dramatic landscapes.

The band’s first acclaimed EP Hand of Glory in 2013 set the template and intent of The Lumberjack Feedback exploration in composing and sound, it offering a highly ravenous and intrusive adventure which has only grown more compelling and creatively dynamic, not forgetting experimentally bold within Blackened Visions. Between these releases, the Lille quintet drew potent reactions with Ausstellung, a split release with We All Die (Laughing) and the live EP Noise in the Church, both in 2014. Fair to say though, that Blackened Visions sees the twin guitar craft and imagination of Simon Herbaut and Arnaud Silvert, the predacious bass trespass of Sebastien Tarridec, and the united and often duelling enterprise of drummers Nicolas Tarridec and Virgil Chaize, sculpting their most stimulating and immersive proposals yet.

Artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe band’s fusion of crushing doom metal with progressive and post rock explorations, all infused with tar like sludge and intensively fiery stoner-esque fascination, swiftly seduces and devours body and senses with the initial heavy throws of its opener No Cure (For The Fools). The track is a predator, laying down a sonic trail as menacing riffs lurk in the background before bringing it all to the intimidating fore led by the bestial instincts of bass and the united grouchy twang of the guitars. The track continues to crawl over and invade ears as it develops an equally gripping anthemic devilment to the combined but individual rapacity of the drums. There is a touch of Morkobot to the piece and equally in its raw character and volatile intensity, the scent of bands like Neurosis and Pelican, but whereas maybe in previous encounters they would be an overriding presence straight away Blackened Visions reveals a distinction solely from The Lumberjack Feedback.

The excellent start continues with the album’s title track. The melodic first touch and stormy air is an engaging but portentous melancholy fuelled invitation which only intensifies as guitars and bass entwine and creep around firm rhythmic pokes. There is a fearsome romance to the lure of the music too, even as things intrusively erupt and grooves become more sinewy as rhythms forcibly make their trespass. Darkness and invasive shadows always come equipped with a certain lure and so it is with the increasingly fiery and vitriolic landscape and indeed heart of Blackened Visions, song and album.

I, Mere Mortal steps forward next, another sonic coaxing the first contact from within which a rousing rhythmic incitement grabs the imagination and appetite. The anthemic potency of the drums is matched by a throaty bait of bass whilst a repetitive nagging from the guitars adds to the raw almost monolithic tempting enveloping the listener before spreading broader pestilential and ravenous sonic antipathy. The track is irresistible; a gloriously bruising call to arms led by, to simplify things, the thumping drama of rhythms and niggling persistence of guitar.

Karma to Burn like spicing lines Salvation next, melodic acidity which burns on the senses but sweetly entices ears and heart to its cancerous rock ‘n roll leading to intensely viscous doom and post rock spawned exploration. It is a flight into the beauty and hopeful calm found within acceptances of dark and merciless emotional and physical climates, and another song which leaves the body invigorated, thoughts stretched, and emotions exhausted.

A tapestry of drama and creative enmity follows with Dra Till Helvete, the track an addictive and mercurial beckoning turned sonic devourer leading body and imagination into the hellish depths of the underworld with rhythmic magnetism. As through all tracks, thoughts paint a picture and emotions flirt with more intimate realisation, every intrusive note and swinging beat a powerfully impacting and rabidly lingering incitement to be entangled in.

Mah Song (Horses Of God) completes the album, it a rumbling and lumbering beast merging expulsions of rock ‘n’ roll with psyche twisting post rock winds infused with danger lit melodic veins. It is a dramatic and compelling end to a demandingly impressive proposition. The Lumberjack Feedback has unlocked their most destructive and invigorating depths yet with Blackened Visions and it feels like it is just the beginning too; happy days!

Blackened Visions is out now via Kaotoxin Records digitally @ http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/blackened-visions and as limited edition 500 copy DigiSLeeve CD with 100 copy collector edition 12″ LP on clear vinyl and 400 copy limited edition 12″ LP regular versions will be released during 2016’s second quarter at the Kaotoxin Shop.

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Pete RingMaster 18//01/2016

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The Lumberjack Feedback – Hand of Glory

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Dramatic and compelling, the Hand of Glory EP from French instrumental metallers The Lumberjack Feedback is a masterful journey through cavernous shadows and depths, a tension packed encounter of doom and sludge metal. Consisting of two tracks lasting seventeen minutes between them, the EP is a stunning debut from the Lille based quintet, a provocative apocalyptic soundscape exploring its own darkness and that of the listener.

Consisting of the twin dual attacks of guitarists Simon Herbaut and Arnaud Silvert plus drummers Nicolas Tarridec and Christopher Poirier, with bassist Sebastien Tarridec adding his terrific presence into the mix, The Lumberjack Feedback has earned strong praise for their live performances which has seen them alongside bands such as Crowbar, Gojira, Kylesa, The Oxbow, Wolf Eyes, Spacemen 3, Grey Daturas, Acid King, and Hangman’s Chair. It will be their first release though which will undoubtedly set them as a potent fixture in the acclaim and vision of the widest audience such the power and creative might of the Kaotoxin Records released and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Cathedral, EyeHateGod, Cattle Decapitation) produced EP.

Opening track A Whisper to the Thunder takes mere seconds to entice the ear with a guitar beckoning soon joined by that 760137002529_TOX025_The-Lumberjack-Feedback_Artwork_600x600-72hypnotic twin drum assault, their craft and temptation measured yet instantly enslaving. There is an energy and hunger to the beginning of the song which makes for a contagious sludge drenched call, riffs carving out a virulent persuasion whilst rhythms and bass define their own enthralling menace to combine for a primal seduction wrapped in a fluid evolution of imaginative and evocative melodic and sonic narrative. Thoughts of bands such as Neurosis and Sunn O))) come to mind but as the piece moves through a piercing sonic tunnel into a heavily weighted and rapaciously intensive dark doom landscape the sound takes on something distinctly unique to the band and visually provocative. The skies have a villainous hue over the track at this point as it lumbers purposefully with a predatory stalking and proceeds to claim any thoughts of escape as it climaxes with a simple but intrusive and lingering sonic breath.

It is an immense start soon matched and evolved further by second track The Dreamcatcher.  Again riveting rhythms from the drums make an earlier invitation which is instinctively impossible to resist, their sinews pacing along the developing wash of guitar brewed sonic mist and the continually thrilling bass provocation. As with its predecessor there is not theatrical invention or awe inspiring technical wizardry going on but the atmospheres and imagery spawning textures as well as melodic emotional painting being created by every skilful and clear but connecting aspect given clarity by each member is scintillating and impossibly powerful. The mesmeric stroll of the first third of the song comes to a point where the brewing climate entices an unleashing of intensive sonic flames and mutually fierce rhythms before flexing even further muscle in an even paced and exhausting investigation of its deepest corners and those of the listener too. The climatic conclusion to the piece towers over the senses, first marked by a flurry of striking punches before closing on one last enriching fire of intensity and sound, and leaves thoughts and passions suddenly alone within their own stark dark world.

Hand of Glory is an outstanding debut and release, but one which in some ways even at its length does not offer enough to really get the teeth into. This is because you only feel you are getting part of a much larger and incredible story or journey. Whether these are teasers to a full length time will tell but as impressive as it is the hunger and expectations on an album will be excited and demanding. The EP is a daunting adventure which inspires without ever using demanding intimidation and as such makes itself a must investigate introduction to a band we will be hearing much more of and one suspects fawning over in the future.

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9/10

RingMaster 04/07/2013

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