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Vieux 03/04/2014, 20h20   #1
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PARAMNESIA – Paramnesia (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre)

Po bardzo udanym splicie dzielonym z Unru, Paramnesia debiutuje wydawnictwem pełnoczasowym, proponując dwie dwudziestominutowe bryły blackmetalowego asfaltu na współczesną modłę. Owej „modły” nie należy kojarzyć z nurtem tzw. „religijnym” – Francuzi preferują raczej orientację wełnianoczapkowo-transową, co nie wróży im może wysokiej pozycji na liście przebojów fanów Goatmoon i Licho, ale osobiście jestem kontent z tej solidnej porcji black metalu z górnych rejonów drugiej ligi.

W teorii Paramnesia obgryza korę z tego samego pnia co ich, recenzowani nieopodal, ziomale z wytwórni, czyli The Great Old Ones, ale formalnie ich muzyka jest bliższa korzeniom gatunku, które dla zespołu zaczynają się pewnie gdzieś między „Filosofem”, „Diadem of 12 Stars” i – jak wnoszę z nazwy – Lurker of Chalice. Nie licząc „nastrojowego” interludium łączącego „IV” i „V”, praktycznie cały materiał to przerywane zwolnieniami obtłukiwanie werbla, tremolo i przetworzony, wysoki wokal upchnięty w miksie gdzieś za gitarami. Można się zastanawiać ile w tej muzyce jest kompozycji i aranżacji, a ile efektów i produkcji, można też zżymać się na zachowawczość albumu, który nie proponuje nic, czego nie było wcześniej u Sun Worship, Fell Voices czy Ash Borer – ale czy trzeba, jeśli wszystkie wątpliwości rozwiewa energia, klimat i sprawność wykonawcza? Słyszę w tym szumie harmonicznym dobre, proste riffy, perkusista czasem ciekawie zamiesza, podoba mi się ten wkręcający się w głowę trans i nie mam poczucia, że prostota jest tu koniecznością, a nie wyborem. W połączeniu z rozsądnym czasem trwania materiału (takie czasy, że doceniamy sam fakt niezamęczania słuchacza ponad miarę), daje to naprawdę udany debiut.

Jeśli u wspomnianego The Great Old Ones brakuje mi na nowej płycie jakiegoś rozpychania łokciami ram gatunku, to Paramnesia mogłaby postawić na jeszcze większy radykalizm (czytaj: minimalizm). Gdyby zamiast siedzieć przy ognisku z Wolves in the Throne Room, chłopaki wytarzali się w popiele w chocholim tańcu, być może „Paramnesia” byłby następcą karygodnie niedocenionego „Alogon” Wrath Of The Weak? A tak, cieszę się bardzo przyzwoitym debiutem, plasującym się grubo powyżej standardu „cascadian-laptop-bandcamp-black metalu”, i widzę opcję na coś znakomitego w przyszłości.

NOTE: 5,5/6
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CVLT Nation by Cheryl (USA)

http://www.cvltnation.com/exclusive-...paramnesia-iv/

BLACK METAL MUSIC REVIEWS

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CVLT Nation Streaming: Paramnesia “IV” By Cheryl


French project Paramnesia may not be a name on the lips of every black metal fan just yet, but their sound is one that is much loved the world over and their full length debut is sure to push them into the minds of fans of the Cascadian sound championed by Weakling et al. Paramnesia is a gorgeous, raw, magical and intense record, and coming on the back of an incredible split with UNRU and an initial demo which paved the way to today, Paramnesia will certainly hit new heights with this release.

We have an exclusive stream of the first track from Paramnesia, “IV” which follows the flow of releases quite succinctly (the catalogue includes tracks I – III, naturally) and these two new pieces of music showcase a much more rounded and technical approach without losing the emotion and weight of the band’s first forays into black metal.

“IV” and “V” both wade in the waters of the American/Cascadian sound, which is somewhat unusual for a French act – more often than not, bands from France will have a much rawer tone or tread the path of gorgeous post-rock – yet Paramnesia stands ahead of the pack with a record that bites and curls around the heart, and progresses with beauty and hate in equal measure. The melody is held deeply within both tracks, only shimmering through at select moments, and the vocal is slightly stepped back to give an aura of mystery – an aura which follows the band itself, as not much information is forthcoming as to who is involved in this project. But such things don’t matter when the music is this good. “IV” caresses the atmosphere with glorious depth and shade, the track shifting from pounding drums, incredibly quick guitar work and suffering vocal lines to occasionally allow a modicum of sublime harmony to push through. Howling screams play off pulsating beats to create a generous air of utter despair, and Paramnesia blur the lines between what can be seen as beautiful with passages that breathe with elegance, yet drip with vocalized agony.

The comparisons to Weakling, and in turn Wolves In The Throne Room and Skagos, are difficult to turn away from, but Paramnesia are so adept at creating soundscapes that any such similarities are a bonus rather than a hindrance. The palette takes in ravaging drums, a vortex of guitar and a voice so laden with burden that it becomes painful to hear, and as such, this young band have much to digest in their array of tones. “IV” gives way to the grand scale of “V,” which continues to walk in the footsteps of “IV” and ramps up the majesty ever further. Where “IV” has occasional shining moments, “V” completely wallows in misery, misanthropy and wretchedness, with the slower-paced moments full of desolation and horror. It’s a stark, cold piece that works its way into your soul and clouds it in darkness for the entire twenty minutes it punishes. Paramnesia are not about creating wonderful and serene movements, and the two tracks on display here are desperate in their machinations – all icy fingers and cold touch. The band whip up a swirling and passionate scream for finality in “V’s” dejected undertones, and with it comes a distinctly distressing melancholy. Paramnesia is a stunning work that needs to be heard.

Paramnesia can be found on bandcamp and the album can be ordered from Les Acteurs de l’Ombre ahead of its April 16 release date.
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Occult Black Metal Webzine by OccultBlackMetal

http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot...cteurs-de.html

Paramnesia are a band from France that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2014 album which will be released by Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.

A dark ambient/drone sound starts off the album along with some clean parts and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a black metal direction combining the fast and raw parts with the more slow and atmospheric side of the genre along with some high pitched depressive screams and the band also brings in a great amount of brutal blast beats in the faster sections of the recording and the songs follow the concept of the last 2 releases with the song titles beng IV and 5 on the album.

When clean guitars are added on the album they enhance the melancholic side of the music and make the heavier parts sound even more suicidal an d the band also takes Cascadian black metal elements strips all of the post traces of the genre and make it sound even more dark and grim and the second track is a bit more progressive than the first one while also remaining true to a raw and atmospheric black metal sound..

Paramnesia continuing their atmospheric black metal sound of previous releases while also remaining raw and heavy along with a very dark and heavy sounding production and lyrics that cover darkness as well as following the concept of previous recordings and both tracks are a very long and epic in length.

In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Paramnesia and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACK "V". 8/5 out of 10.
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Heavy Wolrds by Vasile Cristian (Espagne)

http://www.heavyworlds.com/site/inde...11;-paramnesia

“Paramnesia”, o “Déjà vu”, sensazione di “già visto” o “già vissuto”, un nome evocativo molto adatto per una band Black Metal, ed è questa l'atmosfera che, tramite questo self titled album, questo gruppo imprime nell'ascoltatore. Non voglio essere frainteso, il “Déjà vu” è solo una sensazione, un fastidio persistente ed inquietante evocato dalla musica e niente più.

L'album è molto particolare, composto da due brani, entrambi di 20 minuti intitolate “IV” e “V”, un ascolto a dir poco pesante; tuttavia bisogna considerare che si tratta di Atmospheric Black Metal, un genere che si presta moltissimo alla creazione di atmosfere da brivido.

Non a caso, ascoltando le due tracce i brividi si sentono eccome: è come se si venisse proiettati in una foresta gelata norvegese durante un inverno artico, con il freddo che morde e strappa via la carne dalle ossa.

Musicalmente e tecnicamente parlando, l'album non è eccelso: affidandosi alle sonorità black metal tradizionali, con chitarre dissonanti, suono corposo e vocals sporche in lontananza, spesso si perde la definizione melodica e ritmica, coprendo alle volte melodie degne di nota, ma tuttavia riesce a trasmettere quelle sensazioni di paura e ansia per cui è stato costruito.

Nel complesso, però è un disco più che discreto: sembra di ascoltare un album di puro black metal atmosferico norvegese, ma la sorpresa è scoprire che gli artisti sono francesi! (Che il polo del Black Metal si stia spostando verso sud? ndr)

NOTE: 7/10
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Decibel Magazine by Daniel Lake (USA)

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Stream New French Black Metal From Paramnesia

The French black metal oddity Paramnesia is slowly, casually crawling out of obscurity, now that Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions are set to release the band’s self-titled full-length on April 16th. Having apparently existed since 2005 (thanks metal-archives!), the project has only recently released recordings in the form of an EP and a split with German outfit Unru. We say “oddity” because, while there’s lots of great French black metal to be had, not much of it cites proggy American or “Cascadian” black metal as a primary influence. When Europeans who worship at the altar of blast beats and repetitive hyperspeed chords mention Weakling and Ash Borer as having similar leanings, you know the world has tipped drunkenly on a melting axis.

The new album consists of two 20-minute tracks (titled “IV” and “V”, in keeping with the naming convention begun on their earlier recordings), a segment of which you can hear below. After whetting your appetite, go check out the older material on their Bandcamp site. Miserable Friday, everyone!
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Avenoctum by Pete Woods (Angleterre)

http://www.avenoctum.com/2014/04/par...o-productions/

Paramnesia “a condition or phenomenon involving distorted memory or confusions of fact and fantasy, such as confabulation or déjà vu.” Ah righty, sounds familiar, we have all been here before haven’t we? As far as music is concerned this affliction is the name taken by a French act who apart from drummer and visual realist, Pierre aka Business for Satan seems somewhat shrouded in mystery. Don’t go looking for official Facebook pages or anything here. Active since 2005 it is only recently that recorded output has materialised in the form of an EP with two tracks I & II and a split with Unru featuring III. This is the debut album and it contains two tracks each spanning 20 minutes in length; can you guess what they are called?

The biographical info centers on the fact that the band are despite being French highly defined by a sound that is similar to those dwelling in the Cascadian scene citing the likes of Weakling, Leviathan and Ash Borer among them. The first number starts with acoustic guitar and an eerie somewhat loud tone in a constant siren like call behind it. It’s a bit of a false sense of security as shortly after everything piles in on top of it, huge battering drums, massively fast guitar strums and hellacious vocal screams. It’s a sudden full on layered assault that seems designed to pretty much suck all your breath away. If you like this humungous windswept, abyss-dropping tumult all well and good because as far as this track is concerned you have approximately 18 minutes left of it to deal with. There is not a huge amount of deviation from what the band have set up and it simply carries on ripping up the firmament for duration. There are a couple of instances when the music lightens allowing tones of the vocals to become more noticeable as they echo and shriek slightly back in the mix before the battering ploughs in again. It’s pretty consistent with many from the aforementioned scene such as Wolves In The Throne Room and my problem is that listening to it on album just doesn’t quite have the same effect as the music when catching it live. You would think that it would be the opposite with all the tricks of the trade but the organic feel of it just is not the same coming out of computer speakers compared to a PA and whilst many bands playing in this style blow me away live I never really seem to get into the density of it all as far as this medium is concerned.

I could say that the biggest difference between the two tracks is that the second (V) is two seconds shorter than the first (IV) but that would be selling things a bit short. Still it is all very much the same in most ways (yep that feeling of déjà vu quickly sets in here). Once the lighter doomy beginnings of the track are dispensed of things fly into that destructive vortex again and pick you up like a whirlwind, taking you off on a dizzying ride. Call me picky but I just didn’t get the depth, atmosphere and emotion from this that I would have liked and on the whole the music is far too one dimensional for its own good. More versatility please!

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Echoes and Dust by Daniel Chavez (Angleterre)

http://echoesanddust.com/2014/04/paramnesia-paramnesia/

Spring time in Texas is really not a kvlt time. It's hard to think about the dark black voids of evil when you are melting faster then your ice cream and wonderful wildflowers are blossoming every where. However, sitting in my house with the shades drawn tight and the air conditioning on blast, I am able to imagine icy landscapes of permafrost and once again summon the kvlt elders from below. Spring time also means late night long bike rides and spooky midnight adventures. Paramnesia really helped with the imagery and sets the mood for these times, their self-titled and first full-length album is 40 minutes of dense hollowing sound.

Their album starts with a foreboding intro and erupts into a black of raw dark emotions. While the band hails from France, they fit right into the Cascadian Black Metal sound from the Pacific Northwest of the United States. For a longer album, it transitions smoothly and envelops the listener in epic soundscapes; pausing at moments to slow into melancholy drones or deep running drum beats over laid by modulating guitars. Usually a lot of long albums fail in keeping the listener attentive to the music; Paramnesia however, is filled with atmosphere and aphotic dissonance which keeps you attentive.

I really enjoy the Cascadian Black Metal sound. It is as dark and immense as the forests of the Pacific Northwest; haunting and beautiful. I really enjoy black metal album that is not forced into a normalcy. Paramnesia doesn’t force the tracks with splitting them up, but seems on this album, focused more on the emotion of the music and the flow. They let the sounds go where they need, wild and free, even more so that they don't even name their songs. Really, that is the sound of Cascadian Black Metal, a wild untamed atmosphere just like the mountain and forest. Paramnesia captures the wildness, the dark, the somber mood.
I have listened to this album over three times and it is something new every time. I pick up on more time changes, the fade in and out of the guitar work. This is a really well put together album. Paramnesia really took their time to pour a lot of musicianship and feeling into this album. If you are a fan of atmospheric black metal I highly recommend you pick up this album. You wont be disappointed.
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Metal France par Olivier No Limit (France)

http://www.metalfrance.net/chronique...sia-paramnesia


Le black ne s’écoute pas mais se vit. Surtout celui-là, car on est vraiment dans un genre à part avec cet opus de PAMNESIA. À tel point que ma note n’est vraiment que subjective. Certains s’immoleront sur l’autel de cette musique et d’autres n’y comprendront rien. Aussi entre 4 et 2, j’ai fait une moyenne.

Par ce que l’on y trouve :

Une voix lointaine qui râle plutôt qu’elle ne chante, tels des cris de souffrance.

Un mur de guitare comme venant d’une cave profonde.

Une batterie qui peut se faire blast beat, déchainée ou posée, elle aussi lointaine.

Des mélodies jouées en grappes serrées à la façon du metal noir.

Parfois la teneur de la musique se fait plus légère pour repartir ensuite ; et pourtant c’est mélodique, mais d’une mélodie pleine d’une certaine gravité, d’une grande mélancolie.

C’est un peu comme si vous entendiez un concert qui se passe très loin, dont le son est porté par un vent glacial. Car bien sûr ici c’est du black, et qui dit black dit tout sauf joie de vivre .

Deux titres d'une vingtaine de minutes chacun et une constatation: ce black ne s’écoute pas mais se vit. Pas besoin de faire l’intello, de disséquer, c’est comme cela. Ou il te prend, ou tu zappes.

Cela s’appelle PARAMNESIA, c’est du black metal atmosphérique, plutôt avant gardiste, comme souvent chez les ACTEURS DE L’OMBRE.

Ils sont Alsaciens, de Strasbourg.

C’est à part, c’est un trip. De quoi plonger dans la psychose sans s’en rendre compte.

Fin de chronique.

NOTE: 3/5
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Voices From The Dark Side by Thomas Meyer (Allemagne)

http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/...SIA--9121.html


There must be something in the air in France... This year, there are a lot of new and interesting releases from the land of the red wine. PARAMNESIA is the next band to keep an eye upon. However, not much information can be gathered about this band, except that Pierre Perichaud is responsible for the drums, the vocals and also for the artwork. This self-titled album is their second (and a half) offering. “Paramnesia” features only two songs, both of them twenty minutes long and simply entitled 'IV' and 'V'. If you're looking for the first three songs, these can be found on last year's EP “Ce Que Dit La Bouche D'ombre” ('I' & 'II') and another very recent release, a split album with German hopefuls UNRU. Well, talking about UNRU: like this band, PARAMNESIA are a band that breaks up with the patterns of Black Metal and lead this genre to new borders and extremes. Both songs combine the fury of Black Metal in an intensity like early IN THE WOODS... with Postcore like ISIS, NEUROSIS or even ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, thus creating a very progressive kind of Metal. Might we call this Post Black Metal? I don't know, at least I know that PARAMNESIA brighten up the horizon of Black Metal in a way I never expected. It's a kind of music that needs more than one or two listening sessions to unfold it's magic, but once I really got a hold on PARAMNESIA, it was hard to escape the fascination of the songs. Those with a black soul should check PARAMNESIA at: http://paramnesiaxpa.bandcamp.com, where you can also get their first offerings for free! Be sure to check the label as well: www.lesacteursdelombre.net/productions
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Metal Temple by H.P. Buttcraft (Grèce)

http://www.metal-temple.com/site/cat...paramnesia.htm


This self-titled album from French Black Metal band PARAMNESIA is their first full-length release after a successful debut on a split with the German band UNRU. A good description of PARAMNESIA’s music would be a Cascadian sound that hovers in limbo, never truly defining itself but drifting between atmospheres of the somber and the tortured. It all sounds vaguely familiar, as if you are experiencing a dream you had a long time ago all over again but the dream was laced with horrifying imagery and colorless wasteland landscapes. If Black Metal had a sour flavor of nostalgia, the name of that taste would be PARAMNESIA.

This release includes two of the five songs that the band has written so far, hence the numerical song titles. But when you realize that both “IV” and “V” are songs that exceed 20 minutes in length each, that’s going to be the biggest clue as to what kind of record this is going to be.

The sound of this band is quite immersive. I am especially impressed with the guitar compositions of each song, particularly on “IV”. The way the guitar player knows all of these expressive, menacing chords to strum and the transitions between them are really incredible to hear. The drums, performed by tattoo artist (who provides the cover art to this album) Pierre Perichaud are also really well done. Although they are not the most technically precise drums in Black Metal, the intensity and emotionality behind the playing really comes through.

As far as the vocals go, I can’t exactly say I enjoy them. The vocals on “Paramnesia” are just 40 minutes of non-descript screams and howls so I can’t exactly be too impressed. They do serve a constructive purpose for the music though, providing a horrifyingly feeling that someone is being tortured throughout both lengths of each song. Particularly on “V”, which turns out to be a much darker offering than the previous song, are accentuated by the ghoulish shrieks that reminds me a lot of the album “Dead As Dreams” by the band WEAKLING.

My problem with this record really has to do with the lengths of these tracks and not really with how they sound. You can notice that these songs will slow down in atmosphere and tempo after eight to ten minutes of bleak-sounding Metal. Then you look at the counter and realize there’s 9 more minutes of this song to get through. These songs were probably intended to be played for 20 minutes, pushing the capacity for song memory with everyone in the bane, but I can’t understand why the band just didn’t break these songs up into smaller, easier to digest songs. It’s really hard to get the feel of either of these two tracks because the audience completely loses touch with the riffs played in the first few minutes of the song when they make it fifteen or more minutes in.

I really enjoyed this record but I will say that it will challenge your loyalty as a listener. Making it through this album is not the real challenge but really getting a good memory for these songs is the struggle. Essentially, they are ethereal and the appreciation for these songs can only be ignited once again when you start listening to it from the beginning.


NOTE: 8/10 Excellent

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