Background/Info: Clément Perez is a French artist who has been active as a DJ and became interested in different music genres. Like a painter he experienced and moved throughout different periods and genres. Under the 14anger moniker he released an impressive number of EP’s on very different labels such as Tripalium Records, Gobsmacked Records, i-Traxx Recordings, Green Fetish Records and many others. This year he joined hands together with Ant-Zen to unleash his debut full length album.
Content: Clément Perez has been clearly inspired by techno music, which is an influence he transposed into a hard-banging sound to mix it with industrial harshness. Some tracks are clearly getting very close to good-old power-noise, but there always is this dark-techno touch on top. One of the tracks has been composed together with Hypnoskull. The album features 12 tracks of terror plus 4 remixes by Antechamber, Shrouds, Crystal Geometry and Mono-Amine.
+ + + : Industrial-techno became a kind of trend, but more than this it simply becomes a modern sonic hybrid between 2 music genres, which clearly have much more in common than we originally thought. This album is a sonic bridge between these heavy styles. The techno inspiration of 14anger is a merciless and somewhat perverted interpretation, which has been empowered by the coldness of industrial sound treatments. I noticed several attention grabbers, but my favorites are “Turned To Dust And Ashes”, “Train To Nowhere” (which is an imposing opener) and “Adown The Glade”. “5 Minutes Left” featuring Hypnoskull is another merciless piece. But the absolute masterpiece appears to be “Night Swallows Day”. Among the remixes I especially recommend the “Ruins” remix by this other talented French artist: Crystal Geometry.
– – – : Don’t ask me why, but I get the feeling 14anger is even able to do better than what has been exposed here.
Conclusion: “The Poison Tree” stands for the modern edit of industrial-techno music. This is a highly recommended debut album by a project that has already released numerous EP’s.
Best songs: “Night Swallows Day”, “Turned To Dust And Ashes”, “Train To Nowhere”, “Adown The Glade”, “5 Minutes Left”.