What a f**king pleasure is it
to listen to such great works from bands you’d never expect!
“The Great Maddening” is an album that was prepared
for many years now by the band Vindsval. Vindsval are from Luxemburg
and they are active since 1997, even though they existed since
1996, but with another name (Dregath). In 1999 they released
their symphonic black metal debut “Imperium Grotesque”
with the label “Skaldic Art Productions”. They were
to release their second album in the same label, but the label
quitted… So they kept the songs and the artwork and released
it a couple of years later under a new name and a new label.
Le Grand Guignol’s music
has evolved a lot since 1999. Most of their musicians are session
members of Falkenbach and participating in their studio albums!
Except for the obvious improvement in the technical skills,
the sound and the orchestrations are much enriched. Symphonic
black metal mixed with avant-garde piano and violins, generating
an orgiastic atmosphere: something like a carnival’s military
marching, a blood-bathed puppet show, or a circus waltz…
It’s very difficult to describe the weird feelings their
music generates. There were some “hints” in their
previous works, but this time the result is simply brilliant.
Insane piano interludes and bizarre violins followed by unusual
choirs in the background, build the setting for the great maddening,
a title that fits their music perfectly. Their melodic black
metal isn’t very raw and actually the term extreme metal
with black vocals describes their music with more accuracy.
What make this album so unique
are its wonderful orchestrations. Classical piano interludes
and violins are used in an unusual innovative way creating a
strange atmosphere of grotesque aristocratic grandeur, a post-war
theatrical nostalgia. Thankfully the new label “Maddening
Media finally releases this CD, with another great work by Kris
Verwimp in the artwork. The only thing that keeps me for giving
them 10, is that even if the first 5 songs deserve it, the rest
are at a slightly lower level. I really hope it won’t
take them that much time for their next album. If you want to
listen to them visit their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/legrandguigno1