The Truckers
Get Rich or Drive Trying

French spoken, trucking themed tech/grind core from Quebec?

Yup. You red that right.

Musically, The Truckers are not too dissimilar from many of their Canadian peers, plying a sort of tight, complex, off kilter hardcore/grind/death metal (Ion Dissonance, Despised Icon, The End, Fuck The Facts, etc), but the whole thing is sung/growled/screamed in French, which makes the music even more jarring, and personally it’s a barrier that I really can’t overcome, despite the decent delivery of the music.

I hate to sound ‘language-ist’, but it’s true. Even with a glossy Yannick St Armand production (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre) and a pretty good grasp of the genres stuttering, blasting mechanics, I pretty much shut down when Patrick Bernier opens his mouth, particularly during the sort of semi spoken, growled, shouted parts (i.e. “Redneck and Ultra”, “No Man’s Land”). There are some styles that actually sound better in a foreign tongue (Viking Metal for example)-this isn’t one of them. But even with that element, I’ll admit The Truckers are far less annoying than some of their English speaking screamy, spazzy contemporaries, as The Truckers actually have some solid song writing chops. Tracks like “The Underground Armies”, “Truckspiracy” and “Speed” (Yes, I know the sing titles are in English), rumble, blast and stutter with ample heft and occasionally inject some grinding, thrashing melody (“Diesel”, “The Return of the King”).

I imagine this record will have more appeal if you are French Canadian or speak understand French, and I’ll be the first to admit I’d probably give the album more credence if it were in English, but I’m not one to question and artists language choice. Still, the more tolerant fans of this style will get some enjoyment out of this stout but lyrically offputting record.

[Visit the band's website]
Written by E. Thomas
October 7th, 2007

Comments

Leave a Reply

Privacy notice: When you submit a comment, your creditentials, message and IP address will be logged. A cookie will also be created on your browser with your chosen name and email, so that you do not need to type them again to post a new comment. Your post and details will also go through an automatic spam check via Akismet's servers and maybe held up for further approval. We purge our logs from your meta-data at frequent intervals.

  • Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic
  • Hell:On/Pripjat - A Glimpse Beyond (Split)
  • Silvertomb - Edge of Existence
  • Necropanther - The Doomed City
  • Lorna Shore - Immortal
  • Ian Blurton Future Now - Signals Through the Flames
  • Voice of Ruin - Acheron
  • Inverted Matter - Detach
  • Marrasmieli - Between Land and Sky
  • Infirmity - Descendants of Sodom
  • Cryptic Brood - Outcome of Obnoxious Science
  • Visceral Disgorge - Slithering Evisceration
  • Psychomancer - Shards of the Hourglass
  • Infidel Reich - Reichenstein
  • Brothers of Metal - Embla's Saga