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Barabbas (France) : Libérez Barabbas!

Barabbas, as implied by their name, sing about the biblical thief that was set free instead of Jesus Christ by Pilate. That's Doom.

I can remember the last time I was really blown out by a demo from a French Doom band: it was when I first heard the - at that time - self-released EP 'The Beast Must Die' by The Bottle Doom Lazy Band. I had then discovered a band that was as much respectful of its musical roots as it was original and stamping its personal mark on a well-known style. It was in 2007, and 4 years later, the French scene succeeds to give birth to another heavy bastard monstrosity.

Barabbas, as implied by their name, sing about the biblical thief that was set free instead of Jesus Christ by Pilate. All the songs on this self- produced MCD deal with this part of the Bible, while not being strictly religious (this is not Dan Fondelius wanting to convert you here). The music is a strong mix between The Obsessed (my, oh my... what a heavy bass sound you have here!!), Saint-Vitus (for a groove strong enough to resurrect Lazarus himself) and early Cathedral (with a sound as thick and heavy as the walls of Jericho before the trumpets resounded). All the while, the songs are still chock-full of melodies that you'd have an hard time to get out of your head (the intro to 'Quatre Cavaliers' is one of those perfect headbangable opening riffs you just can't help to move your hair to) and enough personality to avoid being just ‘one more’ traditional Doom band.

The most impressive feature on this MCD is the incredible vocal performances of the singer Saint-Rodolphe. His voice is both deep and threatening, shouting his lyrics like an old-time preacher promising you fire and brimstone. And despite the lyrics being in French, he manages to follow the lead and to hook you with enough great choruses that even a non-French speaker won't have any trouble to sing. And, as icing on the cake, the band has enough dark and twisted humor to even make jokes about their 'non subtle, boring-to-listen-to and repetitive music' (as they say themselves in the promo sheet). But don't take those assumptions seriously, as Barabbas is indeed the French doomed revelation of 2011. This is the new band to check, the next big name on the French doom scene, and like the crowd in Jerusalem, I want to hear you shout: 'GIVE US BARABBAS!!'

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Horizon Golgotha
2. La Question De Pilate
3. « Barabbas! »
4. Ressuscité
5. Prémonition
6. Quatre Cavaliers

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

Visit the Barabbas (France) bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-06-07 by Laurent Lignon
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