REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER

"Exile" (Les Acteurs de l'ombre Productions; 2015)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

The French Regarde Les Hommes Tomber translates to English as "Look at the men falling." This is black metal of the blackest kind. I reviewed the band's disc from 2013 and now I'm back to tell you nothing has changed. It's just gotten blacker and sludgier.

The guitar never stops. It grinds away at you. The vocals scream at your soul and, if you can feel them, then it's time to succumb. The disc does slow down at the end but that's because most of the listeners have died or gone on a killing spree.

There is a nihilistic feel to the whole disc. It's noisy but comforting, it's angry but contained, it's black and bludgeoning but you can't stop listening.

At the time of this writing, you can stream this evil thing in its muted glory on the band's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rlhtband/?fref=ts.

"Regarde Les Hommes Tomber" (Darkened Studio; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This black metal, hardcore sludge and post-black metal beast is only three songs but whoa!, what a three track assault it is!

If don't read French then the band name might not be understandable: it translates into "Look At The Men Falling." This EP was recorded in various places: snowy cabins, warehouses, etc. It's not your typical studio EP at all.

The brooding and sludgy sound comes through perfectly on the third track, "The Fall." This EP is tracks II, III and VII of their full length disc. At the time of this posting, you can stream the EP at http://rlht.bandcamp.com and, if you like what you hear, you can pick up the whole gloomy and doomy disc here: http://rlht.bandcamp.com/download_tralbum.

I like the noisy background that comes with this EP. There is a lot going on but the singer always brings the vocals to you. The guitar is low and it creeps along, sometimes in and out of the song. It's evil sounding too. Something that would make a great horror soundtrack while limbs were being sawed off -- you know what I'm talking about, Fangoria fans.

Its been a while since I've soaked up some black metal, but this hits the dark spot.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/rlhtband.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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