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Amesoeurs


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs May 15 2009
By C. Loescher - Published on Amazon.com
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A kaleidoscopic soundtrack for the modern era; these are the words in the liner notes on the page opposite the band lineup (which, since the flawless Ruines Humaines EP, has expanded to contain secondary guitarist Fursy and drummer Winterhalter). A more apt description of the album as a whole I cannot conjure. Those familiar with Ruines Humaines will be familiar, though will not necessarily know what to expect, with Amesoeurs's first and apparently only full-length release.

Opener "Gas in Veins," easily the best instrumental starter track since Sentenced's "Kaamos," begins with a commanding bass line, expands into an epic, melancholic rock tune, and eventually explodes into spine-tingling post-black metal riffage. "Les Ruches Malades (The Sick Hives)," being the first song proper (and also heretofore only available on a split LP with Valfunde), piques interest and sparks amazement, as female vocalist Audrey's innocent, beautiful singing takes the foreground. Her rich, textured melodies are incredibly striking; the fact that all vocals are in French really add an exotic, comfortable vibe. As opposed to only a third of the Ruines Humaines material being fronted by Audrey (the mindblowing "Fiablesse Des Sens"), she gets to take the center stage on Amesoeurs, performing on six tracks, making instant classics not only of "Les Ruches Malades," but also of the awesome "Faux Semblants (Pretences)" and "Amesoeurs." It's only on four songs, "Recueillement (Meditation)," "Trouble - Eveils Infames (Disturbs - Infamous Awakenings)," and the phenomenal "Au Crepuscule de Nos Reves (In the Twilight of Our Dreams)," along with half of "La Reine Trayeuse (The Queen Milking Machine)," that Neige, mastermind of Amesoeurs and main songwriter/instrumentalist, lends his high-pitched scorching screams. This is exactly the path I was hoping Amesoeurs would take, vocally unbalanced as compared to Ruines Humaines, but switching back and forth between calm and calamity.

All the instrumentation on Amesoeurs is flawless; Neige's emotive and powerful guitar leads seamlessely meld the blissful black metal creations of Alcest (his black metal / shoegaze alterego) with elements of pop, post-rock, and new-wave, most notably The Cure and Depeche Mode. The bass, now handled by Neige also, is wonderfully alive and bubbly, an entity in and of itself, and a fantastic addition to the sound of the guitar melodies. Drumming is incredibly precise, and at the perfect pitch and treble for the material at hand, lending to both the sweeping black metal pieces and the pop sensibilities of the others. Niege and crew also experiment a little, clearly not satisfied with one layer of influence, interrupting Amesoeurs's middle with "I XIII V XIX XV V XXI XVII XIX - IX XIX - IV V I IV," a haunting track of lamenting piano within a deep cavernous echo, and ending the album with several minutes of a techno/industrial beat that could've come from Nine Inch Nails.

Anyone who misses this record will be missing out on one of the best musical creations of this decade. It is truly a crushing shame that this appears to be the last creation by Amesoeurs, though I for one will eternally hope that Neige's Alcest begins leaning once again towards their black metal roots, and that Audrey is invited to do some guest vocals. Until then, Amesoeurs will be one of my desert-island CDs and will undoubtedly remain so for a very long time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worthwhile album from this ephemeral project Sept. 9 2012
By IcemanJ - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the last Neige albums I've checked out on my quest to discover the essence of his career, much because it has such mixed reviews. My expectations were kind of low, but it's much better than I thought. It's quite similar to Lantlos - perhaps not quite as heavy, not as spacey, and a bit more melodic. Compared to Alcest, I'd say it's less atmospheric and "dreamlike," and the songs are a tad more traditionally structured. I guess Amesoeurs sort of lies somewhere in between those bands as far as heaviness. It has much more of a gloomy, desolate feel than those other bands, so if Alcest bores you to tears with their dreamy soundscapes, this has more of a hard edge to it.

I'd say the style overall combines black metal, post-rock, and post-punk. The guitars can be light and airy, and very melodic, reminiscent of certain Cure albums, usually alternating between more a distorted sound. In fact, all instruments are very clear, crisp, and well-defined - the production here is top-notch. Neige's wonderful black metal screams are spotted here and there, but the female vocals (sung exclusively in French) are the forefront. I love the addition of female vocals to this style. They are not powerful or ranged by any means; but more of a lethargic, depressive post-punk style, which fits perfectly I might add.

The last song, "Au Crépuscule de Nos Rêves" is probably my favorite. It is one of the only three songs with harsh vocals, but also breaks down into some really gorgeous instrumental parts. It seems like the most sincere and emotional song here and a great end to the album.

This album really is a challenging one to recommend to a particular audience because it has so many differing sides. Obviously, the closest would be fans of Neige's other projects, but not everyone necessarily likes this too. It is probably too soft for fans of more "true" black metal, and fans of more classic post-punk such as The Cure, Joy Division, etc. might have a hard time with the black metal vocals. People may have an issue with the clean vocal style or even the language it's sung in. All I can say is one with an open mind will be rewarded.
Agolloch meets Bat For Lashes March 17 2014
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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This french band is truly one of the best group of musicians I've heard in a while. Each member is so different yet they compliment each other perfectly. Unfortunately there differences tore the band apart not long after this release, but you can't deny the pure ecstasy of procreation that went into this album. For fans of Agolloch, Bat For Lashes and even Xasther! This band has a little bit of everything in a goth/shoegaze sort of way.
Pretty cool Aug. 11 2013
By Warren - Published on Amazon.com
This album is pretty cool did not expect it to be good but hey anything possible its soft, hardcore and much more good album.

recommend to any rock fan
Amesoeurs is Amazing Aug. 1 2013
By Vanessa Warner - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has become one of my favorite albums. It is beautiful sounding with wonderful ambiance. Amesoeurs is truly amazing.


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