(6/10) This album is difficult to describe. If you want to have a first indication I would say that you should compare it with e.g. Ghost Brigade, Opeth and Shining. We All Die (Laughing) plays a mix between art rock, black metal, prog metal and death metal. It is this mix which is pretty unique. But it's also the track(s) on the album. Actually the entire album is one track with 33 minutes plus a cover version from an Amy Winehouse song.
"Thoughscanning" is a half hour long journey through all seamy sides of life. Dark and mean the growls express all the aggression which lead to doublebass instrumental parts before clean vocals take over, supported by melodic soundscapes. Fear, sadness, melancholy, depression and anger rule on this album.
For me it's a bit too much of everything. I don't want to say that it is not good music. It just feels like the band wrote several parts and put them together into one extremly long song. It feels to me a bit unfinished and the link between the different parts doesn't fit. If this was meant to settle the listener it worked with me.
As an add on We All Die covered with "Back to black" an Amy Winehouse songs, which they better would not have done. This has nothing to do with the band. To cover a song from such a unique person with an incredible voice just can go wrong. Unfortunatelly this cover version proves the theory.
I appreciate the willingness of Arno Strobl and Déhà to experiment and express pure emotions. But it's not really my cup or tea. Maybe it's because spring is coming.
- Back to black
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Genre: Progressive Black Metal