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Pavillon Rouge - Legio Axis Ka

Pavillon Rouge - Legio Axis Ka

Label : Dooweet | Archive under industrial / ebm

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : ‘La Douce France’ – the country just across the border that gave me an immense feeling of freedom in my early youth – does not exist anymore. It turned into a huge patch of ground in Europe where grim diversity prevails. This must have an influence on its inhabitants. Once a debonair bunch of people full of ‘joie de vivre’ that we associated with wine and cheese and the hilarious movies of Louis De Funès, the sexual soundtrack of ‘Je ’t Aime Moi Non Plus’ and the striking ‘Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris Se Reveille’, but that seems to be farther away from reality than ever before. No lavender in the Provence, no champagne in Saint Tropez with monokini babes when we are invited by Pavillon Rouge.

The band is formed in 2007 and ‘Legio Axis Ka’ appears to be the second album of Pavillon Rouge, a collective in which Ben of Sybreed once took part in as one of the founding members. We have a bunch of potential musicians, the only problem is that it turns into an incredible chaos nobody can follow. With my avant-garde approach I tried to go with the flow during the first songs: aha a blackened voice that pukes out the French lyrics (here we have the black metal element), nice guitar ornaments that convince us of their technical abilities (listen to ‘Aurore Et Nemesis’), atmospheric synths with spoken words… and then suddenly techno beats as if we are on Tomorrowland. And that happens quite often…

France is the country of cabaret and you will notice this as well. They want to be grand and epic, but it is only a kind of caricature. Even the cover of Coolio, now called ‘Notre Paradis’ is unrecognizable and surely not better. There is also a song with German lyrics ‘Droge Macht Frei’. Well, I guess they have taken too much of it. A floppy Eisregen or Cradle Of Filth on XTC? They are not even coming close to that. When you like this, there’s no hope for France (and the world) anymore.

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