HANGMAN’S CHAIR

FOR FANS OF: Type O Neg­a­tive, Alice In Chains, Cult Of Luna

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ With a ti­tle trans­lat­ing as ‘Sad Sub­urb’ and its melan­choly lit by flick­er­ing street­lights, this fifth LP from French doom­sters Hangman’s Chair casts its gaze on the streets of their Paris home­town to as­ton­ish­ing ef­fect. From the dread of Naïve, to the night­mare gloomi­ness of Sleep Juice, there are touches of in­flu­ence from heavy­weight con­tem­po­raries like Pall­bearer and YOB min­gling with the ur­ban-gothic of le­gends like Type O Neg­a­tive. Touch The Ra­zor and Sidi Bel Abbes, mean­while, see blackgaze and postrock in­flu­ences from the likes of Deafheaven and Al­cest al­lowed to bleed through, and by the time synth-touched in­stru­men­tal Tara pulses into life there are even dis­cernible shades of Nine Inch Nails at play. Cru­cially, how­ever, the quar­tet in­dulge them­selves: ex­plor­ing all the fear, ten­sion and la­tent dread that poi­son the ro­mance of The City Of Lights with thrilling, open-wound hon­esty. Bleak, but fan­tas­tic. SAM LAW

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