Templer – H.A.C.E. (Album – Hands)

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Genre/Influences: Rhythmic-Noise, Industrial, Tribal.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: “H.A.C.E.” is the second full length by French producer Thomas Chalandon as Templer. The work comes two years after the astonishing debut album “Myths And Consequences”.

Content: “H.A.C.E.” sounds a bit different than its predecessor although moves further exploring ‘hard’ fields of Industrial music. The work remains driven by a kind of Rhythmic-Industrial-legacy which has been mixed with Tribal elements. Some passages are resulting in a transcendental effect which might remind you of  This Morn’Omina. There’re parts with chants accentuating the Tribal side of the work but also creating a Ritual touch.

+ + + : This album sounds as a work in progress; an artist moving on to explore new sonic paths by injecting Ritual and Tribal influences to the work. “Galaxy Of Nowhere” is a true masterpiece illustrating the composing skills of the artist. The last track of the album “Kageguchi” is another brilliant cut which sounds however more explicit in Trance. I also enjoy the tracks with chants creating an extra, elevating, dimension. Templer excels in bringing different influences together with a real cohesion.

– – – : I’m not as convinced by the very few Rhythmic-Noise passages which sound less elaborated and achieved then the rest.

Conclusion: Templer confirms the potential illustrated at its debut album but still moves on walking on new sonic paths. This is great and uplifting Industrial music.

Best songs: “Galaxy Of Nowhere”, “Kageguchi”, “Global Interference System”, “Near Distant Future”, “Athos”, “Man Behind The Sun”.

Rate: 8½. 

Artist: www.templernoise.com / www.facebook.com/templernoise

Label: www.handsproductions.com / www.facebook.com/hands.official

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