(Les Acteurs De L'Ombre Productions)
Your attention please: all high definition Industrial Blacksters of the beyond are requested to board the aircraft to their dreamland through gate n. 665 now! Unlikely airport calls aside, BORGNE are about to land with their ninth full-length album to date, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be something to put on some Maybelline New York face paint to. Started in Lausanne in 1998 and now backed by Les Acteurs De L’Ombre Productions, the band’s sound has gradually shifted from harsh, MYSTICUM oriented Black Metal to a more glossy and discernable formula where everything is exactly what it seems. Sagacious readers might have already understood by now that I’m not really into this specific interpretation of ye olde black idiom (not at all), but still. “Y” was made with very clear intentions and a well-schooled vision of how the band likes their sound, so, for instance, all connections between electronics and more classical Black Metal riffage are coherently developed. ‘As Far As My Eyes Can See’ showcases the aforementioned trait, with its pounding drums effortlessly morphing into an overtly electro beat, whereas ‘Je Deviens Mon Propre Abysse’ and ‘A Hypnotizing, Perpetual Movement That Buries Me In Silence’ feature the more modern and à la page side to BORGNE, with swelling synths, NINE INCH NAIL – ish intros and apparently autotuned clean vocals making their way through the latex dark. I appreciated the more abstract, rare and trip hop-tinged moods of ‘Paraclesium’ but, all in all, “Y” sounds like a big apartment with plenty of room for different pieces of furniture. Or, if you like, a nicely orchestrated pastiche in 1080p. All formats available, so check out www.facebook.com/borgneblackmetal or www.facebook.com/ladloproductions for orders and more.