Mulligore Production (2014), Self-release
October 1st, 2013 / March 20th, 2014
Release length: 59:21
The instrumental “La Jouissance du Mal” kicks Le Vecter Transcendantal off with slower riffs and a simple drum performance that offers up a brooding emotional toll. It’s a vibe that is quickly wiped away after the clean guitars just after the first minute. The sharp distortion that follows is rich with a catchy burdening sensation that intensifies slightly later on with blistering bass kicks and hooks that throw back to the pre-existing sadness. “Le Vecteur Transcendantal” doesn’t quite carry the same feeling, but the mournful atmosphere still exists in the main verses. Some passages and bridges, like around one minute forty seconds in that sounds choppy and ineffective to the flow of the performance can lose sight of what those areas established. While this makes fpr a rocky experience at times, the final product is still a memorable experience. Sadly, from this point on, things become sort of a grab bag that either matches the same quality of these two songs, or ends up more a standard example of the French Black Metal genre as a whole.
“Vos Carcasses Vides Nourrissent la Terre” has a truly moving start, as if capturing the spirit of a group of grieving mourners attending a funeral in the rain. The twanging bass is the perfect compliment to the rich guitars that make much of the performance a truly depressing experience. There are times where the music shifts slightly, but isn’t executed all that well, making passages like around the two-minute mark feel greatly out of place despite fitting the general tone. “Ansi je Chuchote aux Planetes de me Rendre Grace” takes a little bit to really sink its teeth into you. The explosive start is incredibly catchy, while some sections find a strong bass influence with some additional technicality thrown into the riffs. As the song progresses, speed is met with sorrow, building to grander heights thanks to the addition of buried cleaner chords towards the end of the performance.
“Vengeance Contra L’Infame” has some tight guitar work throughout the near seven minute long track, as well as some solid shifts between the abrasive faster pace and melancholic slower riffs that hits from time to time. Sadly the overall performance isn’t too inspiring. Even some of the hooks meant to set the mood come off a bit lacklustre. The most impressive pieces to the puzzle come around the five minute mark during the stunningly epic guitar solo, and again a minute and a half later for the second one, though not quite as strong. And then you have “Violation du Passe,” the album’s most venomous assault that is mostly composed of fast traditional Black Metal riffs and furious drumming. This is more a contemporary piece than anything, though some leads later on do their best to weave an atmosphere for the distant whispered rasps, only really succeeding during the guitar solos.
While one-man projects can sometimes be an absolute train wreck, Le Vecteur Transcendantal is a well put together slice of French Black Metal. There’s a good number of memorable songs that offer rich, emotional performances oozing with melodic Black Metal goodness, but the ones that stick out end up few and far between. Outside a handful of inspiring performances such as “La Jouissance du Mal” and “Ainsi je Chuchote aux Planetes de me Rendre Grace”, much of the music is pretty standard for this style and region save a few areas that may get a bigger push or moody guitar solos. Le Vecteur Transcenantal is definitely a nice little surprise from the underground, showing Kosmos as a project that can stand its ground among the leaders in this field, as well as being an entity worth taking note of.
01. Le Jouissance du Mal – 4:40
02. Le Vecteur Tanscendantal – 5:13
03. Vengeance Contre L’Infame – 6:49
04. L’Ombre de ton Geniteur n’existe plus – 8:06
05. Violation du Passe – 5:05
06. Vos Carcasses Vides Nourrissent la Terre – 5:22
07. Enforce ts Clous dans nos Limbes Noircies – 6:22
08. Ainsi je Chuchote aux Planetes de me Rendre Grace – 5:33
09. Quand L’Innocence Saigne… – 7:15
10. Post-Humain ou Quand les Etoiles Brulerent a Notre Chute – 4:59
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10