ANDY SYNN PRESENTS: REVIEWS IN HAIKUS (OATHBREAKER, ALCEST, OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP IS SILENCE)
(We present another edition of Andy Synn’s three-line reviews.)
Well, it appears that “Reviews in Haikus” has become a regular monthly affair somehow, so I thought to myself… why not use it to quickly touch base with a triptych of albums I probably won’t get chance to review properly any time soon?
OATHBREAKER – RHEIA
Don’t believe the hype.
Do believe the music.
Beauty, brains, and brawn.
ALCEST – KODAMA
Un retour en forme
Pas un pas en arrière
écho du passé
OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP IS SILENCE – THE EMBODIMENT OF HATE
Ugly, nasty stuff.
Old-school Death meets punk and grind.
Neck (not ground) breaking.
Rheia is just god damn gorgeous! Didn’t really know the band before this album, but my god do I come back for it time and time again. However limited my pool for albums of the year may be, Rheia definitely belongs in it.
It’s definitely a really good album (if, as per the haiku, a little overhyped). Glad you liked it!
“Neck (not ground) breaking” – nice frase.
The Alcest haiku sounds spot on.
For other non-French speakers, allow me to copy-paste this (Google) translation with minor polish:
A return to form
Not a step backward
Echo of the past
Ha, thank you. I liked that one.
And the Alcest piece… I must admit my French is a bit rusty these days, as I’ve never been much of a cunning linguist (though I can understand more than I can speak). But I was hoping that last line translated to “echoes of the past”.