Unholy Matrimony
Croire, Decroitre


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
July 5th, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Working as a one-man composer in any realm of music presents two things: firstly, you have the freedom to do absolutely anything without worrying about the token band mate whining “…man I’m just not feeling that, it’s too unconventional for me”, and secondly, you have a lot of mental work on your plate. Yet in the world of Vladimir Cochet, this clearly doesn’t serve as a barrier since he does this with five different projects. Putting aside the “It’s impossible to play, it’s a classic” mentality for a bit, Vlad’s music has really never held even a short-running interest by any means, but now he finally realizes that restraint is a PLUS, and necessary in his case.

Unholy Matrimony is a Swiss blackened metal band with blast beats being a rarity. That being said, none of the double bass is possible for most humans to perform. If you’re not new to Cochet’s projects this is fully understood already, but if not you will either think it’s pretty tasteless or it’s just fun, it varies. However, unlike Weeping Birth and Mirrorthrone, Unholy Matrimony has always had some staying power due to multiple things, one main thing being the apparent consciousness of the compositions as opposed to dragging neoclassical death metal out for over an hour. This was what made Love And Death so special, amongst many other elements, as well as what made Misologie a blunder, but it is this artistic growth that makes Cochet’s 2009 output so fun to listen to and it has nothing to do with everything sounding like a wall of snares and the tremolo of six guitars. Croire, Decroitre introduces the concept of mental disease, with suitable audio accompaniment, French lyrics, and of course enough brutality to make abortion an enjoyable hobby.

As mentioned before, Cochet learned from his mistakes in Mirrorthrone, allowing his ten minute tracks to not die out after one minute, also incorporating mostly shorter song lengths to make one listen that much more bearable. He has toned down the drums to a point where it seems he actually tried to write drum parts that complimented the other instruments (see Rictus de Mort et de Larmes), and though it does eventually go back to being blisteringly fast, the breaks of tasteful drum parts in between allow those ridiculously fast parts to be an actual attributing component. Basically, in every aspect Cochet had previously failed in, he put forth the same ideas but did them right. His songwriting is so much more interesting, obviously apparent in the first ten minute opus D’Elegance et de Dereliction, and his use of variation between riffing styles, tempos, and structures make this album what it is: a strong, headbangable metal record completely compromising his other disaster-filled releases.

Between the explosive introduction of Innocence Abusee, the acoustic breaks of La Lente Mort Sans Panache, and the maniacal chanting and giggling of Le Poids de Leur Chute les Rend Dignes’ clean folk interludes, Cochet has succeeded for once. His riffs shine, and the variety he explored in Love And Death is finally starting to seep back through, if only slightly in comparison. Either way, Unholy Matrimony just might be a force to be reckoned with this year, because next to Shining, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Blut Aus Nord, black metal has very little representation thus far, so take this album with strides across your backs, men; the evil is in your spirits.



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fireaboveicebelow
July 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably going to do the debut next

Relinquished
July 5th 2009


36600 Comments


Heard some songs from this, but they left me curious for the rest.

BallsToTheWall
July 5th 2009


48159 Comments


Amazing album. One of my 2009 favs. Great review mang. I cant wait for Vlad's other projects to get some light.

Digging: Vreid - I Krig

Zip
July 5th 2009


5312 Comments


Aww black metal isn't that evil... oh wait.

Fxxkit13
July 5th 2009


1564 Comments


I'm def going to check this out

Wizard
July 5th 2009


20128 Comments


Seeing as I love Weeping Birth and Mirrorthrone, I'm so getting this without one listen. I don't give a fuck what people think of Vladimir Cochet, pretentious or not, he's still a fantastic song writer.

Your reviews are steeped in excellence young sir. Let us ride valiantly into the sunset together.................fuck all that fantasy horseshit. May the force be with you!

fireaboveicebelow
July 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OK!

Yazz_Flute
July 5th 2009


18938 Comments


i couldn't find any working downloads of this what the fuck maybe I need a software upgrade or some shit

fireaboveicebelow
July 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol do you have a lastfm I can link you on there

Yazz_Flute
July 5th 2009


18938 Comments


http://www.last.fm/user/DrRockzo1193

jingledeath
July 5th 2009


7101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally! great review man, awesome album but I think I still prefer Weeping Birth. Maybe because I've listened to them a lot more

fireaboveicebelow
July 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my weeping birth interest went down after lots of listens, though a couple parts off the new one were pretty cool

Relinquished
July 6th 2009


36600 Comments


Finished listening this just now and it just proves that Vladimir Cochet knows what he's doing.

Zoo
July 6th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this for a while but haven't listened to it yet. I think it's time I do that.

fireaboveicebelow
July 6th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

relinquished is cool

Willie
Moderator
July 6th 2009


17302 Comments


Good review. Another album to check out. So, this is the same guy that used to/does the Mirrorthrone albums? If I don't particularly like those is it possible that this will still be good (I know you kind of answered this in the review, but I want a specific answer ;))

Digging: Adimiron - Et Liber Eris

fireaboveicebelow
July 6th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't listen to mirrorthrone or weeping birth but I like this band for some reason, so it's worth a shot

Willie
Moderator
July 6th 2009


17302 Comments


Good enough for me.

Wizard
July 7th 2009


20128 Comments


Just heard some samples of this and I can't wait to get this in the mail.

RenegaDrifter
May 29th 2015


258 Comments


"unlike Weeping Birth and Mirrorthrone, Unholy Matrimony has always had some staying power due to multiple things, one main thing being the apparent consciousness of the compositions as opposed to dragging neoclassical death metal out for over an hour"

kill yourself. Your inability to process the awesome masterpieces and ADD do not make Mirrorthrones work bad, nor 'diminish' any staying power



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