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Blurr Thrower - Les avatars du vide

Within cursed tomb. - 70%

GrizzlyButts, February 22nd, 2019
Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions

A wizened obituary for an artists rendering of his self, erased of ego, and still held fast within the post-astral projective glow of self-liberation persists throughout French musician Blurr Thrower‘s first official ritual. Wanton in his movements while easing into defeat with every passing minute, the bareness of ‘Les Avatars Du Vide’ applies a great void of resonance that surrounds the two extended performances within. Atmospherically encased in a great tomb of steel and concrete lacunae, dried and scraped of any remaining fetid life, yet still stinking of biological rot the geist of a tortured and cursed being seeks only to prolong the darkness of the past and the void of the self. The reverberations produced by Blurr Thrower are impossible to misinterpret; Each piece is a cold disembodiment, a sighing anxietous death both luminous and suffocating as the ritual ends in the void of space.

Unseen, unnamed and unsurprisingly unrelated musically to both Spazztic Blurr and Bolt Thrower the occult atmospheric black metal of Blurr Thrower brings a distinct ‘Cascadian’ black metal influence as it shapes into more elaborate forms of atmospheric black metal akin to out of France and the Netherlands. Though there is some natural crossing over between groups like Fluisteraars and Ash Borer ‘Les Avatars Du Vide’ hits the margins of depressive black metal tonality in addition to sounding like a reasonable crossover of the aforementioned groups; This provides a stark and immobile presence, a sedentary darkness that pulses with mournful energy. Some of this effect comes from the application of certain expected guitar techniques which still rely too heavily on predictable slow builds and crescendo for effect. Despite this there is clear directionality implied in each composition may feel ruminant but, all vibrations stream forward.

To find comfort in an artists cries of pain atop music created to resonate gloom is unnerving but not impossible to be desensitized by. The full listen is hazy, hard to remember, a fade in and out of consciousness without rapt attention. The moment I was ready to engage with the guitar driven movements that shape ‘Les Avatars Du Vide’ it felt as if I’d shifted into stasis, some sort of extreme torpor where only the start and the finish occurred in motion. It isn’t a chilling, cold listen but an uncomfortable bout of depressive majesty, spoken in confidence. The spark of ‘Dead as Dreams’ informs the drifting misery of Blurr Thrower and should please fans of both depressive and the ‘Cascadian’ sound but this EP feels yet formative and not as well conceived as top tier acts like Iskandr or Spectral Wound. This EP shows great promise and should have equal appeal to fans of atmospheric black metal’s occult and depressive spectra. I found it spellbinding with some attentive listening and fairly dry on casual or background listening. To be engaged during any listens is recommended, and I can definitely recommend checking this album out. Moderately high recommendation and for preview I suggest the 18+ minute first track “Par-Delà les Aubes”.


All colours abandon me - 75%

autothrall, January 1st, 2019
Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions

When your first release is a two-track EP with songs clocking in at 19 and 17 minutes, respectively, you've got to have something there to entice the listener's commitment. Fortunately, while they do rely a lot on repetition to fill much of that space, Île-de-France's latest enigma Blurr Thrower has just enough of a hypnotic shadow cast through its atmospheric black metal that I was in fact addicted by about the 8-9 minute mark of "Par-Delà les Aubes", the first of these two cuts. Even more fortunate, that immersion actually paid off throughout the remainder of the recording. That's not to say the concept and riff sequences here prove unique or highly nuanced by any means, but the adherence to just those basic building blocks of melancholic black metal in their hands proves enough of an escape that I looked forward to repeated exposure to these sad, soul-tearing evocations.

Book-ended with great ambient passages, "Par-Delà les Aubes" really hooks the listener with its baleful blend of slightly distorted guitar notes and lightly swelling background feedback that are soon joined by a blast beat and other, tinny, noisy guitars and harsh, raving vocals which seem to exist at a nexus between traditional 90s atmospheric black and the more recent waves of 'blackgaze', without falling too far into either of those directions; at least not until later in the song when some really mesmeric sheens of melodic guitars pour across the listener like cold water after a nap in some dank, echoing, lonely dungeon. The second piece, "Silences", doesn't highly differentiate itself from its predecessor, even playing out around the same length, but there is just a fraction of dissonance to its intensity that keeps me glued to it. Bass passages throb ever so sparsely beneath the lattice of haunted guitar-work, and while the beats aren't all that exciting, their cold, repetitious feel certainly is a boon to the overall effect being attempted through the music.

Another positive here is that occasionally, you'll hear something emerge off in the distance or the recording, perhaps just a phantom your mind is tricking you into believing is really there, that gives the tracks a little more depth than you might have expected. Even periods where the beats disappear and you're just left with this somber wall of heavily distorted, mildly melodic picking seem greater than the sum of what's happening, and the album revels in its dreariness, never freeing you from its clutches, except perhaps the ambient finale of the first track which is subtle and beautiful. Les avatars du vide does suffer slightly from a dearth of variation, but considering it's an EP I'm more than willing to forgive that, especially since it might distract one from its very point. That said, should Blurr Thrower proceed to put out some more substantial full-length releases, a bit more dynamic range will be essential to capturing the audience's attention span. But this is for sure an effective start that makes good on such a limited set of sounds, and Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions continues to excel at signing and promoting such atmospheric countrymen.