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Le Combat Occulté

  La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux  

Beta Lactam Ring Records

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  Brett Spaceman  

Progressive French rock band from the city of Rennes. The name translates as "Shy Society at the Bird Parade", and the music borders on Industrial. What can I say about Le Combat occult? Since La Société seem solely intent on annoying the listener to very great lengths, I can only treat this "collection of unreleased, alternate, rare and live tracks" with trepidation.

Taking influences from Dada and Surrealism, the music lurches from pompous absurdity to violently unlistenable. I would have to question the sanity of anybody that claims to enjoy this. For me, Le combat occult is like a prodding finger on a particularly sore tooth.

"Somebody must like it". (My girlfriend told me to leave that in.) Think Faust, think Magma, Weill, or even Stockhausen. Le combat occult is Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica with a migraine. As the thespian in Mr Curtis and Mr Elton's much admired comedy might say, La combat occult is "as welcome as a potted cactus in a monkeys pajamas."

Avoid at any cost.

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