Review Summary: It be intergalactic or hallucinatory, your trip can only be better with Plèbe 2178 by Absynth at maximal volume in the ears.
This psychedelic doom/sludge metal jewel coming from Charleroi (Belgium) was released this Sunday 18th July 2021, following an EP in 2017 and a demo in 2019.
The sound quality of the band’s first album is simply astonishing. The drums, the guitars and the bass play with a phenomenal power but not competing with each other since the mix of all the instruments is proportionate to let us admire the clarity and the purity of this sound (that still remains 'dirty'… to follow the 'rules' of the genre).
These four young men know what they are doing, they are extremely talented and inventive. Their technique and ideas are totally mastered and qualitative. It’s impossible to get bored while listening to Plèbe 2178 (unless you have no taste for extreme music). The seven tracks of this nearly-hour-long opus each seem to be composed in several movements, such as classical music. Those are created in a grandiose manner from a few headbangable riffs that seem to hold no flaw.
The modular synthesiser is placed with parsimony but enough to immerse us into a spacial aircraft around the Earth. However, it comes back with all its power for an interlude worthy of old science-fiction movies, which will not let anyone indifferent. This interlude truly echoes the incredible album cover, drawn by the bassist of the band. Looking forward to the vinyl/CD release to gaze upon this artwork in bright day light.
Vocals are not very much present (the instrumental dominates) but they are gargantuan. Guitar solos are really melodious and, such as all the instruments in this album, hypnotic. The bass will make your guts vibrate, the drums do so to your brain, the guitars to your mind and the synth to your conscience.
This powerful and violent doom metal eventually gets blended with noise to conclude with a grand final which will leave no veteran connoisseur hanging.