Genre/Influences: Industrial, Industrial-Metal.
Background/Info: The French act Moaan Exis consists of Mathieu Caudron and Xavier Guionie (Punish Yourself). They together released two albums on the defunct French label Audiotrauma and are now back on track with this self-released “Necessary Violence”.
Content: Moaan Exis remains hard to define, but rather resulting from a true sonic fusion and -cataclysm instead of belonging to an established music genre. “Necessary Violence” is a merciless and ultra-violent production. There’s no true break, but a devilish speed driven tempo mixing heavy guitar assaults with apocalyptic electronics. The sound is complex and unpolished. The last track is a remix by ESA.
+ + + : What I like with a band like Moaan Exis is the ‘no-compromises’ attitude. Those guys achieved a true hardcore piece of music; a kind of perverted Industrial sound, which takes no prisoners. I especially like the last 3 tracks whereon the power remains intact, but becomes more efficient. The last track, which is a remix of “Divine Automation” by ESA is an absolute masterpiece; the imaginary fusion between Cubanate and The Prodigy. I like it!
– – – : I experienced some passages as pure hardcore chaos; “Alone Together” symbolizes this somewhat lost control approach, which can’t convince me.
Conclusion: Moaan Exis deals with Industrial Hard-Core music, which might be seen as the French answer to some famous American and Canadian artists.
Best songs: “Divine Automation – Rmx By Electronic Substance Abuse”, “Love Witches”, “Necessary Violence”.