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L'Eau Rouge

The Young Gods

1989

L'Eau Rouge

Album Summary

L'eau rouge (French for The Red Water) is the second album by industrial band The Young Gods, released in September 1989 by Play It Again Sam Records. It is usually referred to as their masterpiece and was included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2005.

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Rating

2.3

Votes

4673

Genres

  • Rock
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Mon Oct 26 2020
2

You never know if you truly like something until you try it, and now I can say with confidence that French industrial rock songs about period blood are not for me. Best track: Les enfants

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Ok so it's like if a French Pink Floyd and 9 Inch Nails had a baby? But also the baby kind of sucks.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

What is THIS? Creepy, atmospheric orchestration under a growling baritone frontman, en francais? Count me in.

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Fri May 21 2021
1

Angry French with his angry buddies pounding on their synthesizers. If I ever become crazy and lock someone in my basement, this will be on the playlist. From that moment on; they will know my pain.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

I wanna get off the boat Mr Wonka

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Fri Nov 26 2021
1

if tom waits were to have been born french and scored a high paced low budget slasher

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Interesting album. Some great sounds and very experimental. Liked the mix of French and English and the different styles put together.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Someone on here stated this album was like a mix between French Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails, then rated this album a 2, as if that was a bad thing. I thought that it was great.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Pretty sure this is what Ministry would sound like if they were French and Al consumed more Brie than heroin. In other words, I enjoyed it. (But kinda missed the heroin.)

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Sun May 09 2021
1

Ok, so there's noise rock and punk and black metal and industrial, and then there's this. This album was actively painful to listen to. This is p harsh, but the only reason it will be memorable will be from the scars left from listening to it.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

i'm summoning ALL the patience my body has to offer, i WILL listen to this in its entirety. well it payed off around 4 minutes into the first song so that's great haha this is much more my thing. second song is going to be a banger can tell from the start. i love this so much lol this is so exciting. the title track is great too ugh. i got curious about the lyrics but i'm having trouble finding translations :( i'm used to listening to music in languages that i don't understand but lyrics are normally more easily available D: found rough translations for a couple of songs so that's better than nothing. vocals aside, the last two tracks sound way more like my idea of music from the 80s lol they're pretty different from the rest of the album. well i'm done, i enjoyed this a lot and i saved pretty much all songs so i'll probably just come back to the album.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

This record reminded me of when former football commentator Gerald Sinstadt and I took a cricket bat to a bag of kittens. What a day. We went back to mine for a Happy Meal and then both licked out my mum. Gerald commentated throughout. Well... when he didn't have his mouth full of course. My word she had an ungodly amount of anal warts.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Bizarre. I found this simultaneously repugnant and entrancing. Flitting from some sort of mad euro-thrash metal to the avant-garde (at times very much like Tom Waits - except in french, which really doesn't help). I must have played the whole album 4 or 5 times so far but I'm still no nearer to understanding what's going on. I don't even know if I like it or not. It just sits there, demanding to be played (again) and that way madness lies. I'm quite disturbed, both by it and how it makes me feel. I'm going to try never to play it again and to forget I ever heard it.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

On réalise rapidement lors de l'écoute que la grammaire française et la bonne prononciation des mots de la vie courante n'est pas la priorité de ce groupe suisse.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Is this brave? Or stupid? Can’t decide. It’s like the weirdest pub band I can imagine! French industrial synth rock? Who the fuck knew! I’ll come back to it a few times before deciding for sure but at the moment it’s a solid 3. Some will adore this, many will loathe it!

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

This was a fascinating industrial/cabaret album, I adore the atmosphere! Some of the songs were a little repetitive for my taste, but I liked most of them.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

okay industrial rock. I probably won't listen again.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Not great, but not offensive. Some great theatrical moments in the early going. Not something I'd return to.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
2

Not my thing. Impressive for 1989 tho.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
1

- "wtf" - me after the first song - "W T F ?" - me after songs 2-14 - this album sounded like a weird combination of bad French rock and a Disney film soundtrack - needless to say, it just did not do it for me

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Wed Jul 14 2021
1

Parts of this reminded of the boat tunnel scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It got weird, dark, a little creepy, and altogether unpleasant.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Gritty, Dark, and Circus/Cabaret. I fucking love the vocal delivery, grooves, and backing noise.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Even though I couldn't understand the lyrics I still understood the music. Great stuff.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

idk yet

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

I Listened To This A Month Ago. Gimme Something New please

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Good albom. Different to normal and french

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Really unique electronic/industrial/orchestral music from Switzerland that avoids sounding dated. I didn't hate the vocals. Glad to have the opportunity to listen to it. I might only come back for tracks 1 (La fille de la mort) and 9 (L'Amourir).

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

I kind of love everything about this. It's sort of cute how dark it's trying to be. It reminds me a lot of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, and I mean that in the best way possible. Love Les Enfants

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Fri May 14 2021
4

I have the album that came out on ipecac, but that recorded many years later. Zero similarities, lol. This is weird drunk bar music, thrash industrial, modern classical??? This is amazing.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great French rock/metal.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Hated the vocals a lot but this album disturbed/even scared me to earn very respectable 4 stars

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

After the eight minutes of La fille de la mort I understand a connection between industrial and post-punk which I missed before. If this album came out today but with more traditional rock backing I would be as interested as I am in hindsight. The strings are just traditional enough for me to grip as the band dives into more obviously industrial territory. Some of the samples come across as anti-The-Mood, but it's relentlessly intriguing. A grower because of that confusion, perhaps, but great on first listen. There is truly little new in music.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Really great stuff. Super ahead of its time.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Solidly enjoyable album, caught maybe 33% of the french words haha

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Enjoyed it more than expected, although it's eerie soundscape was off-putting.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

decent fun, french industrial growling

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Kurt Weill, Swans and Einstürzende Neubauten walk into a bar... Seriously though, any band that influences Bowie rates high for me. Wasn't that familiar with this album and only ever got into T.V. Sky, the follow up to this which is in English. Not an album that I will have on high rotation due to its brutal sounds but this rates high for me

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Allez la Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz! Whatever the Italian version of Go Switzerland is! The Young Gods, the third great Genevan export - just behind Calvinism and money laundering. If we're going Swiss though, can we get some Celtic Frost as well please oh lords of the list?

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Bit hard, but nice

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

quite good yet put me in a really sour mood

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Strange one this as it is tagged as industrial music I was expecting more of an "Einstürzende Neubauten" feel, but this is something different. Heavy reliance on sampling/tape loops I can see credit in it's ingenuity and creativity, but..... I realise I am not an aficionado of Swiss Post Punk Industrial music. "Criers Les Cheins" "Charlotte" "Envoye'" (Live Zurich21/12/89) are the most appealing tracks I think but not one on my list of greatest albums I am afraid. Perhaps the Live experience is better than the record? Wouldn't be the first time would it.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Who'd a thunk a French language metal album would bethis good? Rating 4 so I take a moment to listen again

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

From the cover, which is pretty good, I expect something noisy. Never heard of the band. And diving in we've got ... French? OK reading about them, Swiss Industrial. Alrighty, I'm game. Starts out surprisingly dainty and one could even say a bit Swiss. Gets louder and weirder and kind of industrial. This guy has a great growl. I like the strings and other things going on. Really good pacing and transitions in places. Ultimately a bit wearing. Liked Rue des tempetes and Longue route was the most, um, accessible? and gave me what felt like solid ground to decide I like them pretty well. 3.5 stars. Rounding up for innovation.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Never listened to this industrial group for some reason. It's a good record! Love the lo-fi experimental sound, which has a kind of collage feel applied to grizzly rock sounds. The best tracks are menacingly dark. Sometimes the deep growled vocals verge on making it a caricature of edgy cool macho music (or like a homage to early Swans). The track "Charlotte" has a kind of gothic cabaret feel, which I did not enjoy at all. But overall, 4*. It's like Swans meets Faust or something. Glad I heard it.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Interesting moody French industrial record. Loved it - so moody it actually spooked me out while listening on a night time drive. Kind of a gem like Suicide’s debut.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Jako kul i jako zanimljiv album. Osjecala sam se ko da slusam neki mjuzikl. Vjerojatno moulin rouge zbog kabareta.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Stylistically it feels like two albums competing with each other but its still a very enjoyable album

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

A touch of Nine Inch Nails, a touch of Tom Waits, a touch of Slayer, except Swiss. It's a very likeable mix! I'm definitely coming back to this!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Not something I expect to listen to again but glad to have had the opportunity

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

This is some wild French avant garde, industrial, symphonic music. A wild and crazy ride. I must return to this album.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Bonkers! I respect what is happening here. Will probably not be in my regular rotation but it was refreshingly different for a change.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This is not an album that I would have chosen to listen to if not for this list. I enjoy industrial music, and the symphonic aspects mixed with the growled French made for a very ominous and engaging sound. Occasionally the guitar tone came off more hair metal than anything, but I found that more humorous than anything.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Wow its been a while since I've had a truly interesting album come through. The Young Gods with their dark industrial sound symphony like arrangements and the deep guttural voice of their lead singer was like a match made in heaven. Would love to see them live! Best: Crier Les Chiens Worst: Pas Mal

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Was wondering what this would be - I assumed some kind of Euro alt rock before listening. Wiki says it's industrial but it doesn't sound like the other stuff I've heard... ok by the second song it's more like KMFDM/Ministry/Skinny Puppy etc. Still different to those bands though, like it's more performance art than music. I'd describe the tracks less as songs and more as "pieces", if that makes sense (or Stücke, if I was going to be a wanker about it). Would probably listen again though, probably will. 3/5.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

At first I wasn’t sure about this album, but I was pleasantly surprised with it.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

I'm really enjoying the foreign language records chosen for this book. They're all pretty stellar (imagine that) and I probably would never have listened to them otherwise.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

assez cool

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Definitely out there but some of it was actually pretty cool. Saved track: “Rue des tempetes”

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Liked this more than I was expecting to. The sampling approach is interesting, reminds me a bit of how Thr Prodigyvusea guitar samples. The vocals were slightly hard work because they were in French and quite prominent in the mix. Overall I liked it and it seems to have influenced some cool people! 7/10

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Mon May 03 2021
3

French industrial. Singer sounds like Rammstein.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Very different from most of the music I've heard in my life, which is why I love this '1001 Albums' project so darn much. This is a wild album with wild energy and some really interesting stuff going on. Not sure if these musicians love horror movies, but it definitely won't surprise me if they do. All sorts of clashing noise, dissonance, frenetic rhythms and changes, hard-driving' industrial sound. Not at all what I normally listen to musically, and I honestly went in expecting to hate it (I know, I know: I do try to push away expectations but I don't always succeed) but it actually kind of drew me in at times (yet another excellent feature of this project).

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

this is an odd one, but I like it. Going from weird accordion sounds to industrial every other track...

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Not my genre and I don’t speak the language, but I can respect the fact that the album sounded connected and they did it well.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

I can't understand a word that is said, but it sounds pretty good. Kind of sounds like if Rammstein wrote music for a stage show.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Scary music! Was a fan though.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Yes, you're very moody.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

9/23 Really liked the first song then from there it got much more industrial and experimental, didn't love it but it was interesting throughout. Standout Tracks: La fille de la mort, Charlotte, Crier les chiens

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Wild album, just in French...

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

// Favs: La fille de la mort Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Loud! A bit like Tom Waits. Inventive, interesting, but probably wouldn’t stick it on for fun.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

Buen disco. Interesante

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

I HATED this....then I loved it. Then I hated it again. Wild trip but I won’t say it wasn’t an enjoyable one. Kind of like French Rammstein in parts. Fav tracks : “Rue des tempetes” “Longue route”

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Very unorthodox, would have liked a bit more singing than speaking but overall not bad

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Random samples and vomiting on the mic is not an album of music, but an album of sounds. I don’t see what is enjoyable here, even if it is historical for industrial rock that comes later.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Language barrier aside, interesting listen. Had to look up the band to find out there a sampler player.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

"L' Eau Rouge" or in English... "The Red Water"? Information is limited and I don't know French, but this might have something to do with menstruation, love affair, and probably sex. And what is that lame cover? Is that an amber? I'm a big fan of Rammstein. And Young Gods sounds a lot like the mentioned industrial German band. But for some reason I didn't enjoy the album much. Unlike Rammstein which has a heavy and more slick sound, this album is loose and even inconsistent. The beats and the noises didn't engaged me that much. Still, the tracks that incorporates classical elements are stellar. "La fille de la mort", "Rue des tempetes", "Charlotte", and "Les enfants". I liked those even more than Rammstein's popular violin driven "Mein Herz Brennt". While I'm not whining that my favorite industrial band isn't mentioned in the list, I still wonder why this is in the list. My guess is that this is the beginning or the biggest influence to the industrial music in the '90s. Released in 1989, this might be the turning point from new wave to industrial rock. It has a few great tracks, but not a solid must listen album overall. It's hard to say if I hated it or loved it, but it surely is interesting.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Rock industrial.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

The guy in this record gargles with motor oil, and it's pissed about it. Something new to add to my Halloween playlist.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

As a fan of Nine Inch Nails, this kept my interest well enough. Longue Route is a pretty good one. I can hear the echoes of this influence in NIN, Mike Patton’s various groups, Trans Am, Rammstein, Meat Beat Manifesto. Inventive use of samples, and pads, I think.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

What if Ministry and Tom Waits teamed up to do a mix of late 80's Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, and György Ligeti covers? Now, what if it was all in French?

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

I have no idea whats going on.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

2.5/5 Interesting.. never heard of this band before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I liked some of the songs but they got a bit weird which was not necessary for me. Liked the vocals though. Favourite songs: - L’eau rouge - Charlotte - La fille de la mort

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Industrial cabaret....in French. How novel. It was interesting at least. Not sure of it'll catch on though. You kids and your music.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

French heavy metal

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

I generally liked this one. This one was really strange, and I'm into Van Der Graaf Generator. The first three tracks, notably, 'de la mort' were probably the best ones. Really intense and ominous. Reminds me of Van Der Graaf, but at the same time it's nothing like I've heard before. Definitely an album which I'm gonna have to get back to, to really understand. 'les enfants' I found the weakest track on the record. A bit too repetitive. The vocalist here sounds pretty much like he's just smoked all the cigarettes in Paris, but that kind of fits the music. Instrumentation is generally good, but the real draw is the songwriting. Overall I'll go for 3.5 stars here. This was a good, and really interesting, record, but I felt that there was a drop in quality towards the end of the album.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Bom.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Going into this listen through, there's a lot of baggage. I'm aware that it's one of the lowest rated albums on the list, but I tend to like most of the low rated albums quite a bit (outside of general garbage like the trailer trash magnum opus Devil Without a Cause). The Birthday Party, John Zorn, Laibach, and Pere Ubu currently reside there with some legitimate great albums. I've seen Butthole Surfers down there as well. Napalm Death, the lowest rated, isn't a favorite of mine, but it's much better than some of the garbage people on here seem to like for no discernable reason like Guns 'n' Roses and Oasis. I'm familiar with The Young Gods. Not intimately, but they are in a similar orbit to a lot of music I like. I've heard their music a bit, I've heard some remixes Franz Treichler has done, I have heard a number of Roli Mosimann projects. I don't believe I've heard this album specifically, but I've gone around the bend a few times, trying to get into this group. I like industrial music, including industrial metal. I like arty, pretentious stuff. The Young Gods have always felt like an industrial metal band with arty leanings. Despite my attempts though, they always felt maddeningly out of my grasp. They couldn't hook me. I do respect them though. Quite a bit. And while I don't jive with them, I can say the music doesn't belong on the bottom of this list by any stretch of the imagination. It sounds pretty good, it's got some good grooves. It's better than a lot of the shit industrial that came out in the wake of Skinny Puppy and Ministry. The pantheon for great industrial for me has always been Foetus, Einsturzende Neubauten, Coil, and Nurse With Wound. Only one of those artists is on the list along with the requisite genre founders Throbbing Gristle. The writers would do well to better represent a pretty important genre that has had its influence come back with explosive momentum in the 2010s. While they aren't my favorite band in the genre, at least The Young Gods provide a little bit of representation of this sound. I won't be returning to this album anytime soon, but I'll give it a high three. I'm tempted to give it a four for its role of token inclusion, but my rankings run straight. No grading on a curve, no bonus points.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Heftig werk. Interessant om een keer op plaat te horen. Heb ze ooit een keer live gezien. Dat was wel indrukwekkend goed.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Reminiscent of Vaudeville at times mixed in with metal. And metal vocals in French. Kinda dig it.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Ok I guess

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

On paper I could get into industrial, but this feels a bit too try-hard in terms of edginess. Some neat sounds though.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Am I listening to a rock opera? What is going on here?

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

I had no idea this was an industrial band/album. It reminded me of Ministry, which I was fine with. Nice surprise here.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Better after the first song, interesting pieces in the production

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Nevjerojatno koliko me u dijelovima podsjećaju na early Swanse. Svaka čast Švicarci, iznenađen sam. Volim taj cabaret što je umiksan u ovaj album, a općenito industrial kad mi paše onda paše, sad ne toliko jel, ali dost dobro. S obzirom da nema 3,5, bit će 3, ali ono debelo jače od tipa Eagles-ove trojke koja nije ni trojka maltene al et. Na prvo slušanje mi je drugi dio albuma bolji + prva pjesma s albuma.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Best Song: Longue route. Nice heavy groove that really epitomizes the industrial sound they are going for. Worst Song: Ville Notre. Without knowing the context of the song, it just sounds like it is taking itself too seriously. Overall: A nice surprise. I liked how experimental it got with songs like "Les enfants". At times the experimentation got in its own way and I found myself looking for a consistent rhythm or theme, but generally the vibe here was a good industrial grind.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Noise annoys.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Musically variant with gruff voiced French lyrics.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Look, shouting in French over drum machines and samplers has never sounded so good.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

French grunge I guess. Started out as carnival music but it was really interesting

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I had absolutely no idea what to expect. What I got was an updated industrialised and foreign version of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. It appears that they are more interested in drama than in music itself. The vocals are generally declaimed rather than sung, and the arrangements / samples are clearly designed to produce dramatic effect. Listenable but not something I am likely to come back to.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Not the start I was expecting, but picked up a bit by track 2. Harder to get into the themes without speaking French, but digging the industrial sound...as the album dragged on, my attention waned. Was thinking 4 for a bit...but we're down to a 3.5.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Pas Mal, Pas Bien

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Heavy and dark

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

It surprised me, but not enough to listen again.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

The first track had me super excited, and then it went a little downhill from there. It’s definitely not awful. I think the vocals could be improved, but the overall bits of experimentation and creativeness are pretty awesome. Not really my genre, but I still got some enjoyment from it. 5/10

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Hmmm, in some ways like a Swiss-French/Swiss-German but weaker version of Rammstein...if Rammstein and Tom Waits had a lovechild. I did not like the real avantgarde stuff that sounded like Waits' circus music (La Fille de la Mort, Charlotte, Les Enfants) but the heavier, almost thrash Rammstein-sounding (or NIN-sounding) stuff was kind of cool (Rue des Tempetes, L'eau Rouge, Longue Route, Crier les Chiens, Ville Notre, L'amourir, Pas Mal). Yeah, the vocals are pretty brutal, but the beats really are captivating. I thought for sure I'd give it a 2 after the first song but the album really grew on me.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

I feel I would enjoy this less if I was used to French music but I really enjoyed the pronunciations over some really alright rock tracks

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Mon Nov 09 2020
2

i think i've reached eargasm 15s in ok the next songs seem meh

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Fri May 28 2021
2

eh.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Ugh, not for me thanks.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Wow those vocals! No thank you sir!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Bit much

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Crazy shit

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Not what I was expecting but an interesting album nonetheless, though I probably wouldn’t listen again

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

French probably was alright couldn't listen all the way through

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

This had some interesting moments, sort of like if Jim Morrison had grown up in a French cabaret listening to industrial music, but overall I didn't enjoy it much. 2 stars.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Not for me

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

sacré bleu!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Hmm.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Una cosa bastante extraña. No empieza mal, pero luego empieza a gritar y desvariar. Un 2.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Sadly not a convert to French industrial punk

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

Far too screamy for my liking. Managed to get through it and they get an extra star for being Swiss!

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Mon projet initial était d'insulter et menacer directement tous les autres revieweurs de ce générateur, qui ont fait d'un des seuls albums francophones de cette liste minable un paria, un moins que rien, a en juger par la note globale attribuée. Néammoins, force est de constater que cet album était bien que surprenant relativement difficile à écouter par moments. De toute façon, mon camarade Robdubstep et moi même emettons de forts doutes quand à la qualité de la grammaire employées par l'illetré faisant office de chanteur de ce groupe

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Huh. Mostly industrial, but a few songs sounded like circus music? Very French. The growling vocals were annoying. It's not "Scum" bad but there's not much here.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

its cool but im not really the type of person to listen to music in foreign languages haha

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Okay. There's a lot to unpack here. One of the neat things about this album generator project is I sit down and earnestly listen to records I otherwise would never bother putting on, and something described by Wikipedia as a sample-based Swiss industrial band would generally elicit a "nope" without a second thought. But I did sit down and earnestly listen to this and, well, it's about half what I would expect. Pleasantly surprised that the samples themselves were understated and well-integrated, I think I was initially expecting lots of dated goofiness given that this came out in the late 80s. But they were mostly swirling orchestras that the band seemed to write around - very cool. No, the goofiness comes from the singer, whose fake-gravelly voice almost sounds like a parody of the genre. Similarly off-putting were the tinny guitars, seemingly by design, and the frequent lapses into "spooky"-circus music. I give it points for ambition and originality, but the only parts I really enjoyed were the samples. If you're into this kind of music I imagine it's an easy 5, but I have to grade by how much I honestly enjoyed the listen.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
2

Nah

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

This one escapes me. It starts out real fun, like some kind of dark carnival. But I just drifted away from it over and over again.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Bijzondere franse rock/metal maar luistert niet echt lekker weg

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Sun Oct 17 2021
2

Album is not their best, but thanks for this new name to me!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Early industrial - loops, anger, some noises, some accordions, lots of overdriven bass guitar and tortured, furious vocals - heavy going.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

This is something you probably need to work at to get truly into. But I don’t want to. Maybe it’s my loss.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

3/10. Their singing was just so grating. I feel like it's hard to make French sound that bad, but they did it.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

4/10 had some interesting musical moments but I’m glad I never have to listen to it again

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Wow, this is definitely different. The sonic styles between La fille de la mort and Rue des tempetes showcases quite a range. Charlotte brings back the creepy French clown vibe. Props to the lyrics for embracing taboo themes like female masterbation and menstruation, but did it also have to be a horror? Okay this was really a rollercoaster leading to this man becoming a father, then killing her? It's a little unclear what's going on, even once you get past my terrible French and lack of access to reasonable translations. I was originally confused by the Dark Cabaret genre label but I get it now, at least. I was curious what was around every new song, but it isn't something I would recommend or want to listen to again.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

It was certainly interesting and it was certainly an experience. I can appreciate the experimentation and the influence this this must have had, but I'm not likely coming back to it anytime soon.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

There was a time when this type of album would rate very highly for me. Alas, my love of Industrial style music has faded, although NIN will always hole a special place in my heart. As it stands, I can only give this album 2 stars.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

The first song drags on a bit and the lead singer’s voice is a hard to handle for more than a minute, but other than that, some of the instrumentation is interesting, the interplay between faux violins and speed metal guitar, for example. I don’t think that they’ll be sending us too much industrial music and this is one of the few that doesn’t include “scrap metal” as an instrument, so we should savor it while we can.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

The album starts innocently with sounds you would hear at a midway. I guess that is the genre referred to as dark cabaret. It then moves to industrial. I'm guessing the industrial genre is something you either really like or really hate, so a lot of 1s and 5s. I really like it for spurts but hate it at the same time. I can't explain but it's a 2. Like the Jacques Brel album, I have no clue what they are singing about but, unlike last time, there is no risk whatsoever that they're singing about the Wascally Wabbit.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
2

I’ll admit I don’t get this. It’s not offensive but I don’t enjoy it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

You know that time when Funhaus played as a German boy band? Imagine that boy band were actually an industrial band. The lead singer is Animal from the Muppets. I do not like this album at all and I fail to see how it's important or significant in any way.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

A guy shouting something that I coundnt understand. Some other songs of another type with the same guy with that voice. Not my choice of music.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

je n'aime pas cette musique. ca me fait mal a la tete. i think i would have enjoyed this more if he wasn't banging on about baguettes and croissants. for some reason i couldn't shake from my head the image that the lead singer was the french version of neil buchanan from art attack or the band marseille.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Muito pesado no momento que escutei

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Not my bag at all.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

Didn’t think French metal would be on here.. not quite for me 4/10

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

2, I didn't know what he was saying but it made me anxious, not bad

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Don't listen as work BGM. Painful.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Not as bad on a second listen. Musically, the album is actually quite inventive and reasonably interesting. However, when you throw in the lead singer’s annoying throaty, gravelly vocals things go downhill for me. Can somebody give this man a lozenge?

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

Hier kon ik echt bar weinig mee.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

Viel nog niet mee om hier doorheen te komen. Ze hebben een ouder plaatje (in het engels), die ik wat leuker vind.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

Haha, als tiener opzoek naar nieuwe muziek, kwam ik uit op The Young Gods. Ik las destijds dat het zware, loge muziek was, precies mijn straatje. Ik denk dat ik 15/16 jaar was ofzo. Ik begreep er weinig van en heb toen de gehuurde cd ook niet op cassette gezet. Ruim wat jaartjes later maak ik er nog steeds geen cassette van.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

Interesting, but its not for me. May try again sometime if I'm in the right mood

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

The sounds of what would happen if Willy Wonka dropped too much acid and got pissed off at the oompa loompas.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

One of the lowest rated albums on the list and I can definitely see why. It's not so much the music style that bothers me so much as it's the singer's constant gutteral singing/shouting that turns me off. Though I must say, their choice of samples doesn't help matters much. An incredibly melodramatic sound. Hasn't really aged well - especially the way the drums are recorded. I made it 8 tracks in before having a genuine urge to stop listening. Kept going despite my better judgement and wasn't rewarded for my patience with any pleasant surprises. I will say they are very consistent in what they do.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

“Hey Siri, what is French Nihilism?” Unfair to rate, as not for me *at all*

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Wed May 04 2022
2

Interesting listen. Not great, but enjoyable. 2.5/5

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Thu May 05 2022
2

Industrial rock/metal has never really been my style. I tend to like the riffs themselves, but to dislike the jarring and tinny sound with which the music is typically played/produced. The symphonic metal elements in the music make some tracks a bit more interesting, while the cabaret elements make some of the tracks more annoying. All in all, definitely not the album for me. This is probably also the most abrasive I've ever heard French.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

Not a fan

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Thu May 26 2022
2

Francuski uvijek dobar jezik, instrumental mid, glas mi se nikako ne sviđa pa nisam do kraja ni poslušao.

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Sun May 29 2022
2

The only good thing about this album is that it's not yet another English speaking artists. There's actually tons of music created outside of the Western music scene, despite what this list is trying to tell us; even this album doesn't go far enough in that department. Other than that one good note, this particular album is just plain weird. It failed to click on any front.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

I really wanted to like this. Weird industrial type rock and a lot of noise is always good, but something about the repetition of the backing track just gave me a headache.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

This album made me feel like I was being stalked by some unseen horror through the decaying set of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

I'm going to generously say that this was... Ok. A little weird for my taste, definitely not something I would listen to again, the circus undertones were very eerie. But I didn't find myself wanting to stop it from playing in the moment (high bar we have here). I did find the extensive use of sampling and looping interesting, it was like making electronic music but for metal. However, that did get fairly repetitive after a while. Points for creativity on that one I guess. Fav Tracks: Nothing here I would re-listen to

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

I'm not familiar with this group. Not my favorite industrial-ish album, but there are some parts that I enjoyed. No plans to revisit this one...

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Not my cup of tea

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

not my kind of scene baby.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Great sound, but couldn't connect with the lyrics.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Swiss band with an industrial rock album done entirely in French that dabbles in cabaret themes. Music drenched in horror, it approaches the likes of early Swans without ever getting as good. The riffs occasionally come through, and when they do they're pretty good, but a lot of this album is held back by the weak dark cabaret parts. I'm all for pushing boundaries and atmospheric music experiences, but this feels like a flop. Too cheesy to be scary, too theatrical to rock, too bad to be on this list.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

“Cacophonous” is probably the best word to describe this album. Industrial music at its purest, combining disparate elements of metal, electronic music, even white noise-you’ll know pretty quickly whether it’s your thing or not.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
2

Too much French for me

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

TOO DIE TO DIE YOUNG

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

agua vermelha

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Feels like the French version of NiN and Rammstein combine. 0 clue about the French industrial rock scene but not the worst I've heard. Au revoir.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

the discordant strings were really interesting and the best part. I'm generally not a fan of groaning as a vocal technique which is sadly about all this dude was interested in doing. Sonically it was certainly entertaining to listen to but its definitely not making any playlists and I won't be revisiting. It's just too french. Skipped the live versions and remixes. I can't be bothered.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Today wasn't the day to have an angry man shouting at me in French. I have friends who love this band but was never for me.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

wasn't able to get through it sorry

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Not that great - feel sorry for the French.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

some good moments but not enough to warrant a relisten 4/10

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Didn’t know this existed but happy I was made aware… Seems like they’ve been influential but that also doesn’t mean I enjoyed this enough to go back and listen again.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

2 albums in French in 3 days makes me feel like I'm being a little harsh. I don't think I am though.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Artsy fartsy. Hätte was werden können, is‘ dann aber doch nicht. Erreicht mich nicht.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Well this album is completely bizarre. It mostly consists of loud clanging sounds, grungy guitar, and baritone screaming and grunting in French. That said, I hated it quite a bit less than the Pantera album I was recently subjected to. At least it was mildly entertaining. Definitely not my thing, and I will not be seeking out French industrial music again, but it was weird and interesting and not PURE torture, hence 2/5.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

I don't know what to make of this album. It's interesting, but not something that really piques my interest.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

I'm torn about this album. Not as a whole. I found it pompous and full of itself. But... why? Was it because the singer seemed to not really be singing with the music, but OVER the music? Or was it because he was singing in French? If I read the lyrics in English, will it make the songs sound less pompous? Or will is seem more pompous because it will be one of those beat poet kind of songs? I listened to the expanded version on Spotify, which was probably a bad idea. They had three or four versions of the same song back to back, which got real tiresome. So yeah, I ultimately found this overbearing. And this from a guy who listens to prog rock on a fairly regular basis. Just wish I knew exactly why. Next.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Una cosa bastante extraña. No empieza mal, pero luego empieza a gritar y desvariar.2

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Industrial rock, dark cabaret, symphonic metal. Algunas canciones comienzan hasta bien, pero luego entra el cantante a vociferar y la música a desbarrar. Un 2.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
2

L'instrumental industriel était intéressant, quoique un peu redondant, mais le style de vocals est assez moche

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Tue Sep 15 2020
1

Industrial rock, not really my thing

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Mon Sep 28 2020
1

Stopped like 3 songs in. Really bad. French metal from a band that doesn’t know french.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

im sure the sound is unique or something but its not really that great

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

POOP

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Fri Apr 30 2021
1

Very weird, eclectic mix. Liked Longue Route, but not that much beyond it.

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Not my thing

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

Not for me...

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Fri May 28 2021
1

Deep voice nonsense

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

Horrendous noise and indecipherable vocals in French. I couldn't make it through the whole album.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
1

Je ne sais pas

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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

It's French

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