C'est La Guerre
Demo


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 7th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 9 minutes with more substance than some bands' full lengths.

Looking back, it’s hard to imagine what my mid-high school self would think of me today, my taste in music, specifically. The same kid who was attached to The Strokes and the Red Hot Chili Peppers like a cub clings to its mother is now the guy that finds delight in discovering a virtually unknown little screamo band that just released some killer material. Gone are Anthony Keidis’ clean vocals and say hello to the harsh, emotional yelps of C’est La Guerra. Named after the phrase the French used to cry out “It’s war!” during World War II, this Rhode Island-based screamo outfit is destined for great things. Yes, I can tell that from merely 9 minutes of music.

Okay, I’ll admit: 9 simple minutes certainly has its limitations, but for what its worth this is one of the more promising debuts I’ve heard all year. The music doesn’t necessarily have some, unique, spellbinding, quality; but instead it’s the atmosphere, the progression, that’s so damn intriguing. The screams aren’t pretty, they’re incredibly raw and harsh on the old ears. See the recently-severed head on the glorious cover? - think about the sounds he would be making if he could wail. The production on Demois suited to match this, a bit rough for my tastes, but certainly matches the aesthetic going on in the Demo. Each song has its own, unique, beautifully crafted melody, which is perhaps C’est La Guerre’s biggest strength. “Beauty of a New World” and “We Are One Flesh” are especially poignant, as it manages to hit you right in the kisser when you’re least expecting it. The melodies lull you into a trance and POW!, there’s the money shot. “Balcony Scene” drudges along at a much slower tempo, and gives a little singing to compliment the harsh vocals. Yet, it’s the powerful screams you want back, and eventually it’s the powerful screams you get back. Perhaps the most appealing quality on this 5-song Demo is the unpredictability.

The Demo definitely has its weak points (i.e. the poor production, the lack of a standout track, and other problems that arise from the “demo” nature), but I haven’t even mentioned the biggest reason for my optimism. C’est La Guerre recorded this demo one week after assembling. This is surely a rookie on the rise, and C’est La Guerre definitely have staying power. While the material on Demo isn’t particularly amazing in itself as a whole, when you remember it’s simply a Demo with 5 songs (which is tough to remember, sometimes) it becomes all the more impressive. This 5-song Demo is an incredible testament not only to the power in this pithy 9 minutes, but more so to the bright future ahead of this blooming band.



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SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


Shit. awesome art isn't showing!

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Prophet178
December 7th 2009


6397 Comments


Wait, they're a Massachusetts based band but they still name the band something French? Only in scremo...

SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


oops.. edit: Rhode Island I believe.

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2009


44473 Comments


Good review but I'd rather carve off all my limbs then have to listen to any more screamo.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


Thanks Balls, I won't take it personally.

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2009


44473 Comments


Personally i'd like to get into this stuff but I don't know. I love hardcore and death metal, and some regular emo but this confuses the hell out of me.

SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


Gotcha, well this is definitely not the place to start... you may want to go with some Saetia - A Retrospective or City of Caterpillar
- s/t

if you're interested, that is.

FigNewtns
December 7th 2009


722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god damn it i love the shit out of this vocalist. props for reviewing this.

SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


props for loving this vocalist.

FigNewtns
December 7th 2009


722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so much man, you have no idea.

his vocal performance in The Beginning alone makes this album a 5 in my book.

SeaAnemone
December 7th 2009


20374 Comments


ahhhh... there's the art! awesome sauce.

PirateSquid
December 8th 2009


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not gonna lie, when I first saw the art I was all excited.

Unfortunately, while the album is entertaining, it tends to sound like one loooooooong song, and the more you listen to it, the more generic you see it is.

SeaAnemone
December 8th 2009


20374 Comments


I see what you mean about the 1 song thing, but I kinda liked that quality. Idk, I felt like there was enough variability, even if it flows together.

FigNewtns
January 18th 2010


722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

according to their myspace, they changed their name to Remainder & are currently recording a self-titled LP.



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