Audrey Horne
Le Fol



by M@rty USER (1 Reviews)
February 9th, 2008 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With catchy riffs, touching lyrics and an unpredictability to match the best, this album has the potential to put Audrey Horne firmly on the world map.

Audrey Horne - name sound familiar? Stolen from from one of the charachters in Twin Peaks. Spellemann-winners (equivalent to Grammy's)in Norway in 2005 with their debut album No Hay Banda, they now return with Le Fol, nominated for the Spellemann this year but losing out to Mayhem in the metal category.

Toschie - Vocals
Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal - Guitar
Thomas Tofthagen - Guitar
Kjetil Greve - Drums

The album, generally well recieved in their home country, is given 8/10 in Classic Rock magazine, who describes it as "the best modern rock album you've never heard", saying "you cannot afford to miss the longboat on this one." And they really are spot on with that statement.

It cannot be denied that Le Fol is a rather difficult album to get into, and it really does justify the term 'grower'. The album as a whole doesn't grip the listener until about the third or fourth listen. But after a while we hear all the way from the radio intro to Last Chance For A Serenade to the mind-blowingly heavy prog-inspired finale that is So Long, Euphoria catchy riffs, superb lyrics and an unpredictability only the best bands in the business can match. This unpredictablility is particularly noticed in Bright Lights. A very soft opening with a steady drumbeat and a clean guitar slowly builds up and explodes at around 3:00 into one of the loudest parts of the album, with a frantically fast riff and Toschie screaming his throat sore. And it works! "Burn this town down to light up your way" is sung several times and enhances the desperation in the song, which may be the stand out track of the album. But naming a standout is a very tough call, as nearly every single track has something special to it.

Hell Hath No Fury is an exception, solid but unspectacular. The lyrics are slightly uninspiring, the riffs are the least catchy on the album, but it is still perfectly listenable. All the other tracks, even the at first seemingly super-cheesy Wish You Well, with lyrics like "I'm a witness to my high school reunion", are almost impossible to skip once you start listening to them. Toschie's voice and Ice Dale's riffs have a unique chemistry and the solos, in the few songs that have them (for example, the album single, Threshold, has a long break with prominent parts for all instruments, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, instead of a solo), are never flashy or particularly fast, and never break with the feel of the song. Eerie song ala Monster? Eerie solo.

Monster provides almost a welcome break from the heaviness in the middle of the album. After the four first tracks have blown your top off we are served a beautiful and clean guitar and haunting lyrics. The chorus brings the distortion in, but it is much less aggressive than the rest of the album, and all the more beautiful for it.

The production of this album, credited to Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal, is very good. Proper
Metalheads might even call it too clean, almost too mainstream in comparison to No Hay Banda, which has a very "ugly" and distorted sound (which also works very well). The vocals are always crystal-clear, as are all the instruments. The "breaks" from the general heaviness (Monster and the first two minutes of Bright Lights) are perfectly placed and the finale, So Long, Euphoria, the longest track of the album clocking in at 6:20, sums up the entire album in one song. A proggy, Tool-reminiscent riff, a captivating chorus, a desperate solo and an eerie, whispering break all in one. It's hard to think of a better finale to an album.

Out in Norway since August 2007, Le Fol will be released in Europe and the UK on Feb. 25th 2008. For fans of music inspired by Alice in Chains, Tool and Faith No More to name a few, this is Christmas come early. Very early. This is a solid album from a band that, with a bit of luck and good publicity, could go a long way. And it would be no more than they deserve.


Bright Lights
So Long, Euphoria

and Threshold can be found on YouTube.

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February 9th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

This is my first review on this site. If anyone has tips and suggestions that would be great.

I am planning to do one on No Hay Banda soon.This Message Edited On 02.08.08

February 9th 2008


Checked out some of the songs on the page and they're ok but not my type. Sound kinda like mainstream rock but a bit better i guess. Pretty good review for a first. Try describing the isntruments a bit more.
Keep the reviews coming and welcome to the site!

February 9th 2008


this bands has a cool sound. i might check them out.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
February 10th 2008


Windom Earle are so much better...

February 10th 2008


About time this band is mentioned. Great abd, had to add them myself. None of the metallers bothered with this unfotunately. Good 1st review dude

February 10th 2008


I checked this out on ,I didn't hate it but thats probably due to the fact the riffs sound so familiar and there's entertainment to be had in the lyrics which are so bad they're good.

Decent review though mate

August 2nd 2008


Are these guys grunge? (or as close as you can get to it nowadays, anyway) Because nearly every single link in the grunge section seems to lead away from grunge and onto alt/indie or metal. Anyway, I'll probably check this out, I'm in need of some good new music.

August 2nd 2008


Ok, heard them, don't bother answering my question. Not exactly an easy-to-define genre, really. I'll be getting this album soon, with luck

January 6th 2009


great great great great record! rarely listen to this kind of music because it tends to be lame but audrey horne have a great sound

January 6th 2009


Yeah. I would think this band would have more attention, fetauring members of Enslaved and all but then I realized metalheads are dumb and close minded fucks.

January 6th 2009


yeah this band are really good - i mean the hard rock scene today tends to be quite lame but this is pretty individual and they have some great tunes - threshold is a personal favourite

July 9th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Band seems excruciatingly cringe worthy at times but this album is still a good listen.

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