Job : Gravity from the south of France is like a chameleon, ever shifting towards different styles and colors. While its groovy metalcore (akin to djent) is its foundation, it’s what happens on top that is so incredibly intriguing. Let’s just name a few: deathcore blast beats in ‘Noir’, groove metal in ‘Le Premier Eclat’, prog metal in ‘Noctifer (de l’homme au loup)’ as well as some nasty slam metal, near-gothic in ‘Noctifer (le porteur de nuit)’, melodeath on ‘Noctifer (demonarque I)’, brutal black metal on ‘Noctifer (demonarque II)’… Must I go on?
As one zealous reader might’ve already found out, there’s a number of songs that all have ties to each other, under the name ‘Noctifer’. That’s not all, however, as there are a few other songs on here that really pique the interest – ‘Dune’ with its brooding, dragging feel, the over-the-top synchronized ‘Hyperion’ (with one of the catchiest riffs I’ve heard in metalcore in a long while) and the djent-hurricane that is ‘La Derniere Empreinte’ are all good examples. ‘Noir’ is without a doubt the best metalcore album that’s been released in the past couple weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up in my top 10 list this year. If it’s not the surgical precision in variety, it’s the simplistic ease carried throughout the entirety of this album. I haven’t heard metalcore this adventurous in years, and I’m incredibly stoked it exists!