Friday, March 27, 2020

Chromb! "Le Livre Des Merveilles"

Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Dur et Doux 
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 27, 2020
1. Le livre des merveilles
2. Le fleuve Brison
3. Les chevaliers qui apparaissent
4. La souvenance d'Achille

Léo Dumont - Drums, percussion, objects
Camille Durieux - Keyboards, synths, vocals
Lucas Hercberg - Bass, synth, vocals
Antoine Mermet - Alto sax, delay, synths, vocals

Off with the worn out fusion-prog, the ten notes per second that were the trademark of the Lyon-based musicians, now the approach is radical and the demonstrative varnish fades away in favour of "knowledge". This same "knowledge" the XIIIth century cleric and knight Gervais de Tilbury praised in his Livre des Merveilles wich the band draws his inspiration from, even borrowing entire dizzying fragments.
This is how CHROMB!'s heroic gest unfolds ! The four tracks, inspired by a fantasized mythology that J.L Borges would not have disavowed, let eventually the light come through... Between medievalism and futurism, the lyrics in French, make use of playful hermeticism and smash the rules to pieces. Less acidic, more structured, the style asserts itself, more and more epic as it is ornament-less.
Labyrinthine tales with sinuous vocal parts here, a noisy symphony there: with Le Livre des Merveille, the incredible gives way to the fabulous… 


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