Review Summary: All in all, Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes is a stunning balance of darkness and beauty. It's both chaotic and calm, depressing and inspiring, and it's just an absolute masterpiece of screamo album.
In July of 2005, Daitro headed to San Feliu, Spain, to record what would become Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes, an album written through long jam sessions in Lyon, France. This is one of those albums that only comes around every so often, that changes your perception of a genre, and defines it.
Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes wastes no time, and starts off with the incredible guitar work of their title track "Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes". While the instruments work to paint a picture of their own, Aurelien's lyrics and vocals match them perfectly. By the time the first track has died down, the album transitions into the second track, Chaque Seconde. This one really demonstrates Daitro's versatility. Even though it starts off in chaos, this track contains a lot of beautiful sequences, and the ending is one of the most awe-inspiring things i've ever heard.
Like the first two tracks, the remainder of this album is filled with instrumental passages, slowly building up to breathtaking moments. One of the best examples of this is the song "Nous Sommes D'ici", Daitro's 9 minute chef-d’œuvre. The song starts off with slow drums and dark guitar chords that eventually break off and transition into absolute catharsis. Another highlight of Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes is the song "Trois Murs Pour La Selle De Tortue", where all of the members of Daitro recite a poem written by Mou’in Bissou over a dark, atmospheric instrumental.
As far as individual parts go, each member of Daitro pulls their weight. Benoit really sets the tempo and wows with his drum parts, similar to his work with Mihai Edrisch. On guitar, Sam and Julien continually amaze me. Along with the drums, they handle the transitions between parts flawlessly. Even Gwen's bass parts stand out to me when I listen to this album. While he plays support most of the time, he's able to set the mood on some of the quieter sections, like in "Se Noyer, S'oublier, Regarder Partir", and "Comme Du Papier". Lastly, Aurelien deserves a lot of credit for the lyrics and delivery, especially in tracks like "Nous Sommes D'ici", "Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes", and "Pourqoi Les Inconnus Restent-Ils Inconnus".
All in all, Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes is a stunning balance of darkness and beauty. It's both chaotic and calm, depressing and inspiring, and it's just an absolute masterpiece of a screamo album.