Paramnesia - _Paramnesia_
(Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions, 2014)
by: Dan Lake (6.5 out of 10)
I'll admit it: Paramnesia are getting a bit of an unfair shake. As a USBM-inspired black metal outfit that shares nationality, label allegiance and a release date with break-out cosmic eulogizers The Great Old Ones, Paramnesia can't help but receive a comparative listen from anyone in tune with Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions. Of course it's not fair. Paramnesia conjure a relentless, wailing maelstrom, a violence so consistent that it invites detached contemplation of our species' great failings and permanent sorrows. These two twenty-minute tracts turn crumbling blast beats, whirring chords-as-melodies and wounded down-a-well howling into poems about both our power and our powerlessness. At least, that's how it all registers with me. It's a potent concoction, and it works almost without fail.

It also draws unabashedly from the same stylistic fountain as Weakling or Wolves in the Throne Room, both admirable bands to count among your influences but both of whom have made their own mark upon modern metal and have no need of someone else to make it for them. The bare-faced catalog of influences alone shouldn't immediately damn Paramnesia's work, but the French solo-dude-turned-quartet adds little beyond a pair of new epic-length song-cairns to the field of chiseled monuments that already existed. Taken on their own, Paramnesia produce impressively heavy results; heard in the context of their forebears and contemporaries, the band's new record achieves the well-intentioned redundancy of any modest facsimile.

To clarify: check this out if you can't get enough of a good thing. Already got enough? Move on.


(article published 7/7/2014)

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