Diaclase
Catastrophone
(2019)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Math Rock, Krautrock
Sounds Like:
Cleft, Animals As Leaders, Primus
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
We are always on the hunt for instrumental albums that have something new and fresh to offer. The duo from France, Diaclase, bring something very fresh and innovative to the table. Their debut album Catastrophone features a whirlwind of instrumental sound and wild rhythms. The six tracks really pull together a frenzy of beauty, where the listener grapples with against the grain change-ups and wonderful contrast. The two have tremendous chemistry sparring with some of the most impressive bass-lines we have heard in a long time against wild ass percussion throw-downs. The closer "Soleil de December" even ventures into some vocal territory... a toe in the water experimental taste to tease the listener.

Track Listing:
1. Pegasus (4:46)
2. Pneumonie d’ Asphalte (6:59)
3. Bandes Rugueuses (Pascal) (6:30)
4. Tourbillon (7:20)
5. Maree-vous (8:35)
6. Soleil de December (6:44)

Standout Track:
"Maree-vous" will engulf you. Our top of the list for its dark pensive journey and calming effect throughout accompanies by whiplash fretwork. A wild ride that really provides you the essence of the duo’s talent. Contrast this with the wet bass on "Tourbillon" comes in at a close second. What we love about this track is that at first listen it may hit you with a jolt of agitation. Very unsettling at first blush, but man you have to weather the storm here. Big sound from just two folks and it only gets better with each rotation.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
You have to check-out the eclectic variety that La Débauche from France has to offer. Perfect to go with Diaclase is their ‘Grandma’s Purple Nipple’ 5.9% ABV, sour brewed with lavender and raspberries, this beer offers a rich nose, almost camphorated, on crushed raspberry notes. Its light acidity, balanced by lavender, and its modest degree of alcohol, make it an extremely original and refreshing flavored beer.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
9.3 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.9 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.6 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.6 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.4 out of 11

Contrast
9.3 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.6 out of 11

Production Value
9.4 out of 11

Band Members:
Sid
Tam

Final Thoughts:
If you are looking for something fresh and different to add to your instrumental collection, you have to give this one a gander. Diaclase takes us on a very harrowing and unique journey where you might need a scythe to get through the deep and thick forest.

Follow Diaclase: Bandcamp / Facebook
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