Dusk of Delusion – (F)unfair

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.fantaizic.fr
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://duskofdelusion.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Duskofdelusion/

Band line-up:

Benoît – Vocals
Matthieu – Guitars
Claude – Guitars / Backing vocals
Julien – Bass / Backing vocals
Romu – Drums


1. Insanity
2. White words
3. Strings on your arms
4. The juggler
5. All you can see
6. Siamese versality
7. Sharpest cards
8. Fortune Teller
9. Casanova
10. The sideshow attraction
11. Wooden horses
12. Take me


Dusk of Delusion are a French Neo Metal band, who formed in September 2016. Even though the group is new, all its musicians are heavy metal veterans. Julien Skorka on bass is known for his work with ‘Elvaron’ and ‘Louka’ and Matthieu Mornad on guitars is also known for playing with those bands, as well as ‘La Horde’ and ‘Akroma’. The two have known each other for decades and they recently decided to start a new project with more aggressive songs. Their line-up was soon completed with drummer Romu Carre of ‘Redline’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘Ghord’, along with vocalist Benoit Guillot of ‘Redline’ and ‘Echoes’ and a little while later, second guitarist Claude Colmars of ‘Forsaken World’.

All of the tracks here are inspired by old funfairs. One song is about a juggling banker, another is about a gambling obsessed knife thrower and another is about a manipulative puppeteer. Sounds interesting, right? Or does it just sound plain bizarre and random? Most likely the latter. If this was some avant-garde prog music, that would be alright, but it’s not; the band have been inspired by groups such as Korn and Slipknot. (However, they sound more like Machine Head). How can you mosh hard, whilst thinking thoughtfully about strange concepts? To be fair though, the circus music transposed for rock guitar in ‘The Juggler’ is pretty funny, whether that was the band’s intention or not.

When it comes to the actual music however, this is solid stuff, as the way all instrumentalists groove is very tasty. Like so many others they could play so tight the material sounds mechanical or in contrast they could be too sloppy. However, the execution is just right, here. Whilst usually not too complicated everything is a joy to listen to because of its skilled humanity. Having said that, expert drum fills and guitar leads do have their moments. The mostly groove metal riffs in this music aren’t too adventurous, but because they are played so well, that almost doesn’t matter.

Unfortunately, the singer’s voice is rather harsh (arguably not in a good way) and lacking in power, when he shouts. When he sings clean he sounds much better and he has a fitting, moody metal attitude. However, he rarely let’s that stuff shine. He also never matches the rest of the band’s energy or style and doesn’t sing any particularly memorable melodies. He almost sounds like a poorly planned musical afterthought rather than someone who should be getting everyone going.

In conclusion, this album has clear strengths and weaknesses. If you’re a fan of good old fashioned, natural sounding metal where the musicians compliment each other almost perfectly this may be for you. However, the singing will do almost nothing to get your adrenaline pumping. But then again, it doesn’t always have to. The lyrics themselves can only be described as weird, but that’s a taste thing and to be fair, at least they’re not cheesy. In comparison, take this lyric from Megadeth: ‘Feeding the needing for bleeding’. What’s that about? There isn’t too much variety in this album, though I’m sure there are many out there who could happily listen to DoD’s heavy riffage all day. Give this album at least a listen!

Review by Simon Wiedemann