Regarde Les Hommes Tomber + S/T
Little is known about Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (aka. RLHT). For those who may be curious, the English translation is “see how they fall”. Hailing from Nantes, France, it seems that the band’s moniker is taken from a movie – a French language psychological thriller which was released in 1994. Apparently, the film was well received and earned three César Awards for Best First Work, Best Editing and Most Promissing Actor. IMDB ratings are somewhat less enthusiastic, but I digress.
What we have here are a pair of instrumental tunes that seem to be demos or “sketches” of a direction that the artist or artists might take with future work. While it’s difficult to give such a short release any sort of in-depth consideration, RLHT somehow managed to worm their way into my subconscious. Cynics may question a band would bother to release such a brief and seemingly unfinished work, but frankly, these two sketches are more interesting than a number of finished works that have crossed my path of late.
The first of the two, titled “Prelude”, is fairly straight ahead and is more influenced by the idea of black metal than it actually IS black metal. This may piss off the purists and self-styled aficionados but I think we can all agree that it was never intended to impress them anyways. In any case, this is the kind of track that lives up to the intention of it’s name and builds energy and momentum.
Up next is “The Guilt” which is a better show of the potential that this project might actually have. Although it sounds somewhat barren without vocals, it’s a well structured tune and showcases a fair degree of musical proficiency. Nothing that’s going to set the world on fire, but the mood and dynamics are interesting.
Both songs are well recorded and more importantly, they’re an indication that these guys have a solid foundation on which to build. It will be interesting if not somewhat ironic to see if Regarde Les Hommes Tomber continue their rise to greatness in the future.