Amesoeurs
Ruines Humaines


5.0
classic

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
July 27th, 2007 | 80 replies | 11,686 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty surpassing beauty. A perfect EP.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Take the intellect approach of French black metal and mesh it with the Joy Division post-punk style and put Alcest main man Neige in the conductor’s spot and you get Amesoeurs. Formed in 2004 by Neige along with Phest guitarist Fursy Teyssler and bassist/ female voice Audrey Sylvain, Amesoeurs released their first EP, Ruines Humaines, in October 2006. The music is intense, the vocals are wrenched with emotion as Neige screams like no other vocalist I’ve ever heard, the drums are mathematical and precise, and the overall instrumentation is beyond that of any simplistic black metal band. Amesoeurs, with only 3 songs in their arsenal as far as we know of, has already proven to be an underground behemoth waiting to take it’s place at the crown of experimental black metal music.

Bonheur Amputé begins with a post-punky black metal riff that rolls into a burst of emotional angst as Neige releases his pain staking scream as the guitars dominate the intense atmospheres of the song. The breakdowns with the bass and guitar are what make the song most unique as it follows a familiar Joy Division song pattern. The progressive nature of the music overall is intense even with the strained atmosphere of emotional depression. The song is a perfect opener into the next best 11 minutes of my life.

The building synth and acoustic passage work of the opening of Ruines Humaines shows the true beauty of the band’s nature. As the electric guitars come in with the acoustic, Amesoeurs brings something new to the table in the line of Alcest and My Bloody Valentine, at least until everything explodes into an aura of harsh screams and ballistic drum beats and guitar riffs. The song is beauty even in it’s most intense moments. The essence of musical perfection that can pull one to tears (if they can understand French). The song ends with an experimental piece of industrial sounds playing in a catchy and sporadic rhythm.

Faiblesse Des Sens is again much different as Audrey takes vocal position with her beautiful singing. The song is mostly acoustic building and has a folky/ Ani DiFranco vibe that strikes me as beautiful and daring for a black metal band. The guitar work is catchy and the drum work is easily at it’s most dominate. The song breaks into an electric guitar solo as Audrey continues to sing. After picking up into full electric guitar the song jumps with progressive brilliance, making it the perfect ending to a perfect EP. There is absolutely no flaws on this release except the fact that it’s only 16 minutes long, leaving me yearning for more.



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Cravinov13
July 27th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sorry it's pretty short, but the EP is short as well.

metallicaman8
July 27th 2007



4677 Comments


Short, but certainly well written. I have no problem tossing you a pos vote.

Cravinov13
July 27th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks friend

kalkal50
July 27th 2007



2386 Comments


Soulsisters huh. I love any Black Metal so this is definitely something I must get. Great review, I smell a vote.

Cravinov13
July 27th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Check the website to download the album title track. Though this EP is worth buying.

Brain Dead
July 27th 2007



1150 Comments


eeewwww french people

Cravinov13
July 27th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

French black metal > you.

kalkal50
July 27th 2007



2386 Comments


that was a pointless comment

rattlehead42147
July 27th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review haven't seen one from you in a while.
speaking of EP's i think im going to do vader's the art of war sometime soon.
*gives vote*

Aficionado
July 27th 2007



1027 Comments


that was a pointless comment


Too bad Sputnik is full of them...and most of them are from staff writers.

Cool review and it should be short considering it's only 3 songs.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 27th 2007



7924 Comments


Too bad Sputnik is full of them...and most of them are from staff writers.

ugh..not really. (except this one)

Dethtrasher
July 27th 2007



2211 Comments


I guess Sputnik has a black metal lord now, right Crav? :thumb:
I still hope that you don't run around with corpse paint on your face. =/


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2007



16000 Comments


Good review man, I'll certainly look into this. You described the album well, got my vote.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Cravinov13
July 27th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't do a lot of the corpse paint black metal. But yes, I am a black metal fanatic. More or less the unique and experiemental black metal over ridiculous black metal like Immortal.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2007



16000 Comments


I like the whole corpsepaint thing, its awesome.

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am Abbath hear me roar! *croak*

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2007



16000 Comments


Well if I was to create a Black Metal band (which is probably one of my more favorite dreams) I would suit myself up with corpsepaint, those wristguards with nails coming out of them, and a bunch of crude weaponry. It would make me feel like a BAMF.

taylor1989
July 28th 2007



15 Comments


imma check the title track
wheres the link at

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.myspace.com/amesoeurs

I'm in a black metal band and we don't do that. It looks ridiculous.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2007



16000 Comments



I'm in a black metal band and we don't do that. It looks ridiculous.


Bah, oh well. If you have any material you can send to me from your band my email is xxxxxxxxxxxx



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