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The Grand Contraction

by The Foetal Mind

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Jordan Vauvert
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Jordan Vauvert Si "enfant" vient du latin "infans" ou "[celui] qui ne parle pas", alors The Grand Contraction, deuxième opus de The Foetal Mind, est un vrai retour en enfance : mis à part "Big Crunch", toutes les pistes sont instrumentales. Par ailleurs, le quartette français joue tout avec ce qui lui passe sous la main, il prend des risques en oubliant la peur de trébucher : en plus du doom metal, il combine metal classique avec black metal atmosphérique et blackgaze avec un talent assez unique. Audacieux ! Favorite track: Silence.
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©ough©ool Wow, yes as stated before it is from 2010 & it does feel ahead of it's time. Especially the flair they throw in to the mix of instrumentation... highly enjoyable release Favorite track: The Grand Contraction.
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Planeclothesman I never received a copy of my disc!
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bmurator French Black / Doom Metal. Deep guttural vocals & a few well placed screeches on one song, as well as some clean vocals that work very well! The rest is just instrumentals of the highest order! This one is well worth as many listens as I can fit in! Highly recommended!!!
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Metallurgical Fire Most of this feels like a newer blackgaze album released in the last couple of years, but without vocals for the most part. More blackgaze and atmospheric black metal bands are releasing instrumental versions of their albums these days too. That being the case, this is another HDR artist whose progression feels ahead of his time. This album is from 2010. It’s really quite good and engaging, with fantastic guitar work and progressive aspects. Favorite track: Silence.
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Intro 02:27
Big Crunch 05:11
Silence 06:14
Instrumental 05:22
The Collapse 06:09
Nobody 06:37
Nothingness 08:13
Outro 02:06


A largely instrumental (post)metal album, filled with powerful, catchy and atmospheric riffs that bring about the concept of The Grand Contraction. The Foetal Mind's change in sound shows an incredible evolution in the concept of the project. The overall atmosphere of the music is perhaps stronger than ever for this project, albeit approached in a different waty. This album itself can be described as a mixture of post-metal/rock, doom, black metal, and traditional metal with a strong emphasis on melody and atmosphere.


released December 16, 2010

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