1. Keep the Home Fires Burning (00:34) [Performed by John Mc Cormack] --- 2. Ultime Lever de Soleil (07:34) 3. Peloton (02:45) 4. Au Travers de la Brume (05:59) 5. Des Visages dans la Boue (09:51) 6. Honneur à Nos Braves (02:54) 7. Des Souvenirs de Poudre (05:05) 8. Veuves de Guerre (11:21) --- 9. The Boys Who Won't Come Home (00:54) [Performed by Henry Burr]
Одна из жемчужин жанра. Неземной красоты музыка, а за 'Ultime Lever de Soleil' группа вообще достойна памятника, не меньше.
'A simple sentence in the liner notes says it all, “Dedicated to those who never returned.” So preludes the journey into the aftermath of the first Great War, far from the rancour as much as amity, the French duo, Storm of Capricorn composes a martial opus of post-extirpation with neoclassical modalities which gesture to the haunting melodies of Les Joyaux de la Princesse and the bombast of artillery fusillades.
A rejuvenating old radio song imparts to those non-combatants to keep watch for those marching home from the front, a ghostly echo for those ghosts lost in the mires of trenches seeking the fires of home, which is consolidated by the second track that struggles beautifully in deluge of mud and sanguine on uplifting strings bearing the oneiric argent of Serge’s vocals. However, this rhapsody collapses before the rappel of snare, cymbal and gloaming horns, but no soldiers clamber to arms across the tragic terrene morass littered with comrades and enemies, all dead, contorted and partitioned.
The duet of Serge and Celine in “Au travers de la brume” is the first track both vocalists feature, an unfocused and dislocated anthem that overlaps rather than integrates with the music ensemble making for a discontinuity that unnerves despite its pop sensibilities. Where the sedges nourish on the blood of the fallen, cascades of noise sprinkle ashen over churning drones and hammered piano until umbrage delineates the solemn landscape of human forms; a communal catafalque. Enlivening march steps to the thrill of lambent horns, a reminder of the war that so many young went to deathless and imperishable. Finally, we are left with the wraiths of yesteryear, as an old-time paramour croons to those who will never walk home.
Soft matte card comforts a delectable digipak, silken to the touch, layered in sepia-hazed photography from World War I; a line of rifles and the enemies bodies meters from them, stolid shell-shocked troops marching home, and more, all crackled and softly blurred with modern design treatment. The album is a limited edition of 500 copies.'
Written bysymbolique @ www.heathenharvest.com
Storm of Capricorn - Retours des Tranchées (2005) [HQ]