Hollow Corp
Cloister of Radiance

What’s this? A hefty, experimental metal band from France on Prosthetic Records? Is it the new Gojira? Nope, but close. Originally released on Dental Records in 2007, it appears Prosthetic Records has snapped up this Alsace band’s debut in order to whet everyone’s appetite for the upcoming The Way of All Flesh, and good thing too because the upcoming Gojira release will more than likely steamroll anything in its path, including these fellow Frenchmen who sound a lot like Gojira.

Gojira comparisons aside with their heaving, angular take on modern metal, Hollow Corp also have a small injection of Isis/Neurosis styled post rock in their veins with a few moments of experimentation ambience and droning amid the more direct, jagged, lurching riffs contained in tracks like “Elevation”, “Code”, “Sabbat” and “Samen”, However, it’s the more developed, building tracks like standout “Peripherals”, “Inferno”, “Opium” and “Thujon” that manage to mix the two styles with a pleasing, if hardly unique tone and heft that make for the albums better moments. Vocalist Stephane Azam has a standard pained filled roar and scream and the production is stout yet crisp, but not as suffocatingly heavy as their aforementioned county mates. The result is a solid album that you would think would have more of an impact than it does with me.

The thing is, while that mix sounds appealing, and at times I’ll again, admit this record is pretty good, it’s never great despite moments of overwhelming density. Cloister of Radiance both stylistically and quality wise, is a lot like the recent release, Apnea, by Denmark’s The Psyke Project; a solid release that I enjoy while its playing, but not an album I’ll come back to for sheer listening pleasure.

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Written by E. Thomas
October 1st, 2008

Comments

  1. Commented by: gabaghoul

    well considering that Dental Records also snagged that excellent Memfis debut a few years back, I’ll definitely check this out. When is the new Gojira hitting anyway?


  2. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Gojira drops Oct 28. I should have my copy this week according to Prosthetic.


  3. Commented by: swampthang

    actually ET it drops oct. 14th


  4. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    You are correct sir, Its the new Beneath the Massacre (which jsut arrived in the mail) which drops on 10/28


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