Title: J’Espère Que Tu Danseras Quelque Part
Label: Trepanation Recordings
Release Date: 13 May 2022
Format Reviewed: Digital Download
The anti-establishment experimental industrial black metal collective known as Non Serviam have been putting out a stream of wildly creative releases over the past months. With no apparent let up in output, the anonymous duo of Void & Moon have still found the time to form Biollante — a hip hop infused side project, which brings in a young collective of rappers known as the Gobscrew. The result — on their album J’Espère Que Tu Danseras Quelque Part — is as highly charged and inspired as ever.
Anyone who has followed recent releases from Non Serviam — such as their Work mini-album, or full-length Le Cœur Bat — should already be prepared for some wild genre-hopping and splicing as Biollante. With influences ranging from Atari Teenage Riot to Death Grips to Swans, you can expect to hear everything from electro glitch noise to sludge metal. Basically, if it’s extreme and in your face, it’s fair game. Opening track “Trigger Warming” — for instance — feels like a soundtrack for dancing through streets of smouldering, burnt out cars, moody, unsettling, but catchy with it too.
The Gobscrew make their first appearance on the next track — Biollante — spitting out venomous lines while Void and Moon lay an eerie backdrop of hip hop beats laced with metal guitars and gothic textures. Having already demonstrated a knack for fitting all sorts of seemingly disparate elements into their music — with Non Serviam — the addition of rapping on this project fits the music just as seamlessly.
“Le Monde Me Revient Crié” echoes the gothic gloom of Non Serviam’s recent cover of Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”, with gloomy rock guitars sitting alongside electronic samples and the Gobscrew sharing space with dark crooning female vocals, that weave in and out of the track like a techno siren of the apocalypse.
Giving a neat musical summary of anything associated with Non Serviam is always tough and J’Espère Que Tu Danseras Quelque Part is no different. Through all the genre hoping though there’s a consistency in the dark, simmering angst and mournfulness. Perhaps nowhere is this brooding dark tone more effectively realised than on the trudging 20 minutes of closing track “Pourquoi Pas”. As times reminiscent of 80s UK gothic new wave like Joy Division, there are also glimpses of atmospheric sludge like Neurosis or the industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails — still fused with modern electro industrial elements.
Void and Moon continue to impress with their ability to absorb influences and ideas and fashion into something powerful, immediate and innovative. Here alongside the Gobscrew they’ve added another dimension to their creative output. Whether this is a one off under the name Biollante or a taster of more to come it’s a delight for anyone who likes their music intense and without boundaries. 8/10 Tom Osman
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