Sed Non Satiata
Le Ciel De Notre Enfance


4.5
superb

Review

by Chris Baranowski USER (8 Reviews)
September 20th, 2007 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: French emo novices Sed Non Satiata add a dash of Envy to the European formula and strike gold

There’s no denying that the European emo scene, especially in the last five years, has exploded. Its seemingly endless supply of great bands has made many emo fans, including myself, daring to say that is has surpassed the American scene in regards to being the new “what’s next” hot spot for emo. But equally important to note is that European emo is not only given it’s own separate genre niche for the area that it comes from, but also for a very similar sound that remains constant within each band hailing from the area. Though it’s hard to explain, my best bet at explaining it would be to say that there is definitely more of an emphasis on incorporating post-hardcore elements into the traditional “emotional hardcore” base that defines the genre. What post-hardcore elements you ask? Most profound for me is definitely the more open and minor sounding chords used by bands in the genre, giving the music a much darker or epic sound to it. Not to mention plenty of delay on the guitars and picking lines. Basically, this isn’t your Rites Of Spring or even Moss Icon traditional power chord hardcore. You have bands like Amanda Woodward (France), who despite sticking closer to the roots of emo than their peers by relying heavily on octave chords and fast paced rhythms, using delay, tremolo and overall, more minor sounding progressions. Then you have bands like Raein (Italy), Mihai Edrisch (France) and Daïtro (France) who stray far from traditional emo with more reliance on dissonance, more epic song structure, pedal tones and in some cases, bouts of blast beats and other dynamics associated with grind. But most importantly, though the bands have no doubt experimented and pushed the boundaries of emo, the music still retains the strong sense of emotion, usually expressed through desperate screams, spoken word sections, etc., and is essentially based in hardcore, therefore holding true to the genre of emotional hardcore, or emo.

Now that we’ve gotten that short intro out of the way, it’s time I talk about the newest offering of European emo, Sed Non Satiata. Also hailing from France, Sed Non Satiata’s album Le Ciel De Notre Enfance is honestly one of the most promising and finest pieces of emotional hardcore of the last 5-10 years. Their sound is actually not that hard to describe: imagine the European sound as described in the above paragraph plus a hefty love for Japanese emo titans Envy. The result is 5 tracks of epic, dissonant, brutal yet beautiful music. An essential factor in what makes so Le Ciel De Notre Enfance such a masterpiece is the way it is recorded and mixed. As song as the opening lines of “Moi Le Premier” begin to wash over your ears, you are enveloped. The guitars intertwine, the bass is thick, the drums pound away, the keyboard line weaves in and out of the dueling guitars. Then the vocals enter, abrupt yet most certainly powerful. The emotion behind the singer’s voice is undeniable, as he screams and yelps his way over equally dissonant duel guitar work. Another defining factor of Le Ciel De Notre Enfance is the dual guitar interplay, much like the defining dual guitar work of obvious influence Envy. “Spirit Fuel” begins with a single dissonant chord being played repeatedly and then explodes into heavy bass and discord. The song pummels along and ends in bursts of chaotic vocals, delay-ridden guitars and syncopated drum hits. By the end of the second track, Sed Non Satiata’s sound has been established. The way the instrumental section works together so perfectly, how everything is layered so perfectly and how the vocals fit the music so perfectly, as if battling with the instrumental prowess yet simultaneously complimenting the music so well.

And as if the first two tracks were ambitious enough, Sed Non Satiata splits the album in half with a seven-minute instrumental, and an extremely formidable one at that. “En Attendant L’aube” is a beautiful foray into the realm of post-rock/instrumental music. It has the soft to loud dynamic changes, a shimmering lead line and overall stunning instrumentation and an epic feel. Halfway through Le Ciel De Notre Enfance, if you are not yet floored, I wouldn’t hesitate in calling you a liar. But the album’s momentum does not trail off and at once, “Hypocrisie Des Sentiments” begins much like “Spirit Fuel,” though with a much more mellow chord repetition. “Hypocrisie Des Sentiments” follows the same structure as “Spirit Fuel,” exploding into heavy open chords, pounding bass and jarring dissonance thanks to the signature duel guitar work. Clocking in at 1:58, “Hypocrisie Des Sentiments” is Le Ciel De Notre Enfance’s shortest track but nevertheless packs just as much of a punch as any other track on the album. Without notice, “Urgent D’Attendre” begins with feedback, quick drumming and frantic screams. The song’s main progression is a standard, last track, epic progression but “Urgent D’Attendre” does not fail to deliver. In addition to an impressive clean vocal movement, the song explodes into its final movement, featuring tempo changes and full out chaos. And as the last chord rings out and it seems all is well, the album ends with an evil and ominous sounding riff and pained screams.

Le Ciel De Notre Enfance is short but sweet, and one of the most exciting pieces of music put forth from either the American or European emo scene in years. Ambitious, youthful, dissonant, beautiful, epic, chaotic, bliss. I honestly can not help but to simply shower praise for this album. Although I am a big fan of Envy, I truly believe anyone can appreciate both the fantastic and intricate musicianship and the cathartic feel which the music so perfectly conveys. There is something for everyone here and fans of European emo or just new and inventive emo will find no trouble delighting in the superb chunk of music offered on Le Ciel De Notre Enfance. The only faults I can find with the album are it’s length (it's too short!) and the clean vocals on “Urgent D’Attendre” are a bit too gimmicky/cliché emo. But the good by far outweighs the minor faults with the album and I can say that it has been quite some time since I have been so engaged with an album and I have never been more excited to see what this band will offer up next. Let’s just hope they can overcome the ridiculous emo band cliché and breakup once they realized they have hit their pinnacle.

Numerous props to Jared for recommending this band.



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MeowMeow
September 20th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. This sounds right up my alley. I'll check it out.

santi3hg
September 20th 2007


440 Comments


W3rd up, good review. Deff a great cd and thanks for sending it to me.

Iai
Emeritus
September 20th 2007


3553 Comments


My housemate loves these guys.

Fort23
September 20th 2007


2475 Comments


lots of euro skramz going around. nice job, sure to check this out.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2007


2688 Comments


Great review. Not my thing, but your writing is engaging and easy to read.

pixiesfanyo
September 20th 2007


1223 Comments


Album rules.

MeowMeow
September 20th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is fucking awesome.

Monticello
September 20th 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been looking for more emo/screamo stuff, so I'll definitely check this out.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2007


16089 Comments


Good album, good review.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 20th 2007


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album so much, great review. The one thing you should have mentioned is that you can download all of these songs for free from their website.

Could you review some Mihai Edrisch sometime man?

chimera908
September 20th 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've only had a chance to listen to this once since I got it but it was really good. Great review too.

cbmartinez
September 20th 2007


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Andrew, I can do that once I absorb their albums more.

Thanks for the positive feedback dudes.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 20th 2007


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Envy have got nothing on these guys. Nothing. Cool review.

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plane
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2007


6094 Comments


Yeah, this album is really good. I don't know if I like it as much as Daitro, but it's tight.

cbmartinez
September 21st 2007


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They pwn Daitro

[quote=StreetlightRock]Envy have got nothing on these guys. Nothing. Cool review.[/quote]

Whoa there, that's a bit ridiculous. Envy have been in the game for like what 10 years now and they were hugely influential in the whole post-rock/epic style of emo with A Dead Sinking Story. I think Sed Non Satiata owes alot of their sound to that album.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 21st 2007


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, fair enough, huge respect to Envy for doing what the've done and making that definition, but these guys took that, and as far as my enjoyment goes, threw it even further. This and City of Caterpillar do the whole post-rockish thing so much better i think.

Two-Headed Boy
September 21st 2007


4527 Comments


Sounds really good.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 21st 2007


4927 Comments


yeah I knew I needed this before this review, and this just enforced the notion.

DWittisarockstar
September 21st 2007


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really want to hear emo from France. I really really do, but I can't find this anywhere.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 21st 2007


4927 Comments


oh well Daitro may be the option if you can't find this. Plus Daitro are incredible.



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