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Sordide - Hier déjà mort

Hier Déjà Sordide in full attack mode with a career-defining album - 90%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, April 20th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2019, Digital, Independent (Bandcamp)

A fierce and rambunctious recording, "Hier Déjà Mort" is the third album by Sordide, a raw BM three-piece, whose members' BM monikers Nemri, Nehluj and Nebehn suggest they might be triplets or members of a Most Unholy Ultra-Satanic Trinity, based in Rouen, in the old Normandy province in France. Most of the recording was made fairly quickly in the space of a couple of days, to judge from the Bandcamp page for the album, with vocals added later and the spirit of those live studio performances - urgent and frantic, at times on edge and other times rowdy and almost celebratory - beams through the speakers as the album plays. At the same time the band's performance sounds very polished and tight, with all band members able to anticipate one another's moves and turn in whatever unexpected directions all at once smoothly and well, and this along with strong and consistent individual performances (which sometimes include some instrumental improvisation) demonstrates Sordide's commitment to their art and message.

The band starts in full-attack mode, never pausing for a break and certainly never allowing listeners any breaks, with "La Peur du Noir", going full-bore down a roller-coaster of blast-beat drumming fury and nuclear-powered tremolo guitar shred sure to leave two humongous piles of wood shavings at the end of the track. The tsunami-like momentum established continues into the next track "Hier Déjà Mort" the title piece with a more malevolent atmosphere and sinister death-metal growling vocals. Ever-changing riffs, a crazed spiralling lead guitar solo and a clear production that privileges every instrument, even bass, no matter how dense the track is, give the impression of a fast-speeding carriage going 100 miles an hour down a near-vertical track that might end ... well your guess is as good as mine where it all ends!

The songs that follow are distinct in themselves, some sounding a bit more melodic Gothic blackened death metal than pure black metal and the singing sometimes going into drunken-sailor party mode, but all of them have a defiant punk attitude and display a high level of technical skill and production. While tracks are moderately long and the musicians sometimes get a bit carried away with their improvised soloing, there is never the sense of the band losing focus or going off on meandering tangents to show off. Everything Sordide do, they do in the service and the spirit of the song and its message. Even on a track like "La Chute" where the musicians go completely bonkers on their own ultra-fast track to oblivion, all brakes completely gone, the guys suddenly snap back to attention and the album continues its merry way having just avoided complete meltdown chaos in a fraction of a second. RESPECT! "Carapace" shows Sordide in just as much control in slower, more moody music as on music at hyper-insane speeds, and perhaps in future work the band might expand its musical range exploring moody post-BM and dark urban blues.

Always surprising, with absolutely no filler, and featuring songs like the title track and "La Saveur de la Fièvre" that could be potential singles if Sordide were interested in becoming a commercial BM band (somehow I don't think so), this album is surely Sordide's make-or-break moment and deserves a much wider hearing. In years to come, this might even be considered a classic of its kind of second-wave raw BM revival. I'm sure there's probably stuff on the album that detracts from it that I should have noticed (and would have, if it weren't a Sordide album) but the sheer energy, vitality and urgency of the album have won me over.