Decline of the I – Rebellion

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Agonia Records
Distributor/label URL: http://label.agoniarecords.com/
Released: February 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.agoniarecords.com/index.php?pos=shop&lang=en&section=article&action=article&id=ARcd133
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/declineofthei

DeclineOfTheI2Band line-up:

N – Drums
G – Vocals
S – Vocals
A.K. – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming

Tracklisting:

1. Lower Degree of God’s Might
2. Hexenface
3. Le Rouge, le Vide et le Tordu
4. The End of Prostration
5. Pieces of a Drowned Motion
6. Deus Sive Musica
7. On est bien peu de chose


Review

France has spawned some of the best post black metal in recent years, namely Alcest, Amesouers and Les Discret. And following in that wake of bands fusing shoegaze and gothic elements comes the oddly named Decline of the I. Odd really is the best way to describe this band as they’ve taken some of the finest elements of a fine sub-genre and given it an edge that had me frowning several times.

The group’s second album REBELLION opens with vocals that were almost comical and reminded me of Animal from The Muppets, then it proceeds into a good black metal barrage but a drum machine pops up out of nowhere and it sounds more EBM. By the time you get to second track ‘Hexenface’ you can tell this is a European release but it hasn’t blown you away.

‘Le rouge, le vide et le tordu’ contain vocals and guitars similar to Marduk and Necrophobic which redeemed it slightly for me, and ‘The End of Protration’ has a brief drone to it which was mildly enjoyable. The arrangement of the rest of the album seems all over the place and I got the impression the band were trying to be as avant-garde as possible, but went a little too far and ended up making a surrealist piece that lost its direction early on.

I’d say this album is worthy of a second listen, but don’t expect it to grow on you.

 

Review by Demitri Levantis
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