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Last Avenue - Integration Protocol

Last Avenue - Integration Protocol

Label : Dooweet | Archive under industrial / ebm

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : Last Avenue is a French industrial band with electro/pop influences hailing from Orleans. They were founded in 2009 and released their debut album ‘Analog 1.1’ in February 2014. Earlier this year the successor was ready, entitled ‘Integration Protocol’. Influences come from Rammstein, Korn, Linkin Park, Fear Factory (in my opinion, this was not on their list) and Daft Punk. In this six-piece, one man, Flo is only concerned with machines and samples. I fear the worst…

Well.. what can we say about a record that is quite okay in the genre and will appeal to the juvenile fans, but it mainly leans on dynamic Rammstein riffs and electro ornaments on keyboards and synths. Guitarist Dèj sings every song in partly clean emo style, partly with screamo shouts. It is energetic and inciting, that’s how it ought to be, with loads of funny melodies on their magic toys. And then there is suddenly one classical heavy metal solo by guest guitarist Roman Rouzine in ‘Reverse’. They repeat that trick with guitarist Devy Diadema in ‘Spying From The Future’, the one they shot a video clip for. That up-tempo, catchy song has, in addition to those obligatory riffs, an opulence of bleebs and electro wizardry and vocoder effects on the vocals. From then on vocals are more and more distorted by vocoder. We also have a moment to chill, with slow tempo and soaring synths (‘This Is Personal’). Mechanic sounds and howling guitars make a heavy one from ‘The Factory’, but final track ‘Pieces Of Metal Planet’ includes once again soaring synthesizers. If you can find yourself in this description, check it out… Christian Carvin did the mix and mastering.

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