Le Grand Guignol - _The Great Maddening_
(Maddening Media, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Le Grand Guignol are named for a French theatre style popular in the early half of last century, depicting horrible and gory acts where the evildoers remain unpunished -- in other words, more like the real world than Hollywood's morally ordered universe. The theatrical origins tie in nicely with their dramatic, grotesque and carnival atmosphere, one that conjures up Victorian era "freak shows", not the self-made freaks of the Jim Rose circus, where the boundaries of sanity are tested, both by the grotesque sights revealed and the hallucinogenic properties of absinthe. It's definitely a new approach to the vastly over-subscribed "symphonic melodic black metal" market. Some of the riffs could have originated from a Falkenbach recording session -- several members are session musicians for the renowned Viking metal project -- but their vision remains a uniquely demented creation all of their own.

Contact: http://www.legrandguignol.com

(article published 25/3/2009)

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