Sunday, July 5, 2015

Present - 1999 - No.6


01. The Limping Little Girl- Part 1 – 3:07
02. The Limping Little Girl- Part 2 – 3:37
03. The Limping Little Girl- Part 3 – 5:17
04. The Limping Little Girl- Part 4 – 4:54
05. Le Rodeur – 1:59
06. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 0 – 0:08
07. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 1: Le Martin – 4:29
08. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 2: Le Reve de la Muit – 2:02
09. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 3: La Realite – 1:36
10. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 4: Vers Le Cauchemar – 1:58
11. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 5: Le Cauchemar Yo – 3:07
12. Ceux d’en Bas (Suite)- Part 6: Le Combat – 6:18
13. Sworlf – 8:32

- Roger Trigaux / composition, vocals, musical direction, guitar on “Le Rodeur”
- Reginald Trigaux / guitars, vocals
- Dave Kerman / drums, percussion, vocals
- Pierre Chevalier / pianos, mellotron, vocals
- Keith Macksoud / bass
- David Davister / drums & percussion (13)
- Yuval Mesner / cellos

A few line-up changes compared to their previous returning albums, most noticeably Daniel Denis and Alain Rochette gone, finding suitable replacements in Dave Kerman and Pierre Chevalier. Roger Trigaux is also taking a bit of a backseat because of his declining health; he is taking on the role of musical director and composer only playing guitar on one track. Ex-bassist Guy Segers has now moved up a step into being their manager.

Even if most members are now quite young, “Present” shows that this rejuvenation process is not harming their musical directions, on the contrary. Dave Kerman is a very worthy successor to Daniel Denis and is now the spine of the group and also brings a slight touch of humour in the band with their impressive (and oppressive) 17-min The Limping Little Girl, where he keeps intervening with the now-famous line “Didn’t You Hear What Your Mother Said?” which is clearly pun on their early classic “Poison Qui Rend Fou”. Children’s rhymes and other oddities are present throughout the track.

“Le Rodeur” is the only moment on the album where Roger Trigaux is to be heard. The next killer track is “Ceux D’en Bas”, which clearly makes reference to Univers Zero’s “Ceux Du Dehors” and you’d better hang on to your sanity as the ride proposed is a roughie and a toughie. This almost 6-part 20-min suite depicts the fine line between dreams and nightmares and is one of the most astounding compositions Trigaux has ever written. The only sung-track (Le Cauchemard Yo in the Ceux d’en Bas suite) still reminding you (a bit) of Magma and the finale is certainly Dantesque with the throbbing bass battling the mellotrons in a blood-curdling chaos.

Even under the shadow of these two monster tracks, the last Sworlf still manages some interest, mostly because it is very slow paced and very gothic while staying reflective, reminiscent of Shub-Niggurath.

This album compared to the previous “Certitudes” is quite a step upwards as they leave their slight Zeuhl twist totally behind, and heads in adventurous gothic RIO style, as the new line-up is out to make their own sound.

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