Heavy Metal, French Style: a Playlist in Honor of Bastille Day
In honor of French National Day, please put on your spiked black leather beret and hold high your goblet of blood-red Bordeaux wine in honor of the country's recent heavy metal victories. France has supplied a surprising slew of formidable bands in recent years, breaking open an metal arsenal of free-thinking bands that range from the ultra-extreme to the sublime.
Check out this killer playlist Noisecreep has put together in honor of Bastille Day!
"Death of Me," Gojira
First, let's deal with the 100-foot monster in the room, a mighty brigade of brothers from Bayonne called Gojira. All of a sudden, a French band is leading the way in crafting massive, inventive metal on a commercial par with anything by U.S. frontrunners Lamb of God. Gojira arrived in the early 2000s ready to roar, a fusion of Metallica's stadium poise, Morbid Angel's shapeshifting power, and Sepultura's vintage charisma and groove.
Without delving too deeply into the past vintages of French metal (a cellar highlighted by hard rockers Trust, Motörhead worshippers Vulcain, early ragers H-Bomb, thrashers Massacra, and industrial deviants Treponem Pal), this early heavy metal gem by Sortilège deserves a mighty oui. Not only was Sortilège one of Chuck Schuldiner's favorite bands, but the song's opening riff is pretty plainly the inspiration for Death's "Evil Dead."
"Control and Abuse," Antaeus
"Unfortunately on hold just as the world might be able to handle them, this Parisian squad delivered ingenious waves of unrelenting hate and nihilism. I