Pavillon Rouge - Solmeth Pervitine

Solmeth Pervitine
Track Listing: 
  1. Solmeth Ascension
  2. Sept Siècles Et Le feu
  3. Exubérance/Exaltation
  4. Evangile Du Serpent
  5. Le Cercle Du silence
  6. Les Membranes Vertes De l'Espace
  7. Sadist Sagitarius (cover Cinema Strange)
  8. Des Cimes, Des abîmes
  9. Le Grand Tout s'Effondre
  10. Avesta, Le Vent Effacera Tout
  11. Jad XTC

 

Rating: 
3

'Solmeth Pervetine' is the debut release from Blackened Industrial/ New Wave group Pavillon Rouge. Offering up a balanced collection of rather poppy, dance heavy music that is twisted by raw shrieks of Black Metal. Somewhat similar to Semargl- though not as mainstream and not including any sort of female vocals- much of the music here opts to create rather catchy, yet repetitive beats amongst buzzing guitar and harsh vocals. The opening track "Solmeth Ascension" is a torrent of electronica that cuts in and out of the roaring vocals, but mostly holds the music together. Other tracks like "Exuberance..." have a bit more direct rhythm to them and sound a bit more like what would be produced by Deathstars (again, minus any clean vocal moments). On the downside of this, there is so much electronic influence fused in the tracks that it becomes difficult to discern machine talent from human talent and just how much was performed (or could be performed) live. Even the vocals have that vocoder layering that groups like Dimmu Borgir add in every once in a while, and though it is entertaining at times it once again throws in another reliance on electronic adjustment.

On instrumental tracks like "Le Cercle..." the Industrial and New Wave elements fit in perfectly without the Black Metal moments to cut in. It actually sounds like everything syncs up properly compared to the other tracks which just sound sometimes like a twisted mess. As the album progresses after this track though things start to become more clear. There is less reliance on industrial moments such as on "Sadist Sagitarius" and more reliance on a solid guitar sound, drums, and even a solo. Despite it being a cover song- and probably why the band didn't go as industrial heavy as they do on their other tracks- it does a good job at balancing the electronic elements which have been pushed in the background, but not out, so they can still be heard in the song but not dominating it. Sometimes the New Wave elements add great ambiance on their own with the spoken word samples ("Sept..." doesn't do a great job but on "Des cimes..." the samples mixed among the beats is a fantastic experiment). Again, the lack of mixing Black Metal really helps sew up the divide between genres. If there was one track that really held together both the Black Metal and Dance elements in a balanced nature and makes sense, it would have to be "Le Grand Tout..." Here, there is more use of guitar and drums giving a skeleton of a Metal base with the electronic elements supporting it in a way that can be compared to groups like Project Hate, and therefore give a good mix of man and machine working together to a vibrant, musical end. Hopefully there will be more balance like this on future works from Pavillon Rogue.

Label Name: 
Post Apocalyptic Music