Saturday, July 14, 2007

Carnival in Coal - French Cancan

Band: Carnival in Coal
Album: French Cancan
Genre: Avant-Garde Metal
Country of Origin: France
Year: 1999

Track Listing:
  1. Bark At the Moon (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
  2. Out of Misery
  3. Maniac (Mickael Sambello cover)
  4. Piranha (Afric Simone cover)
  5. My Favourite Armchair
  6. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty cover)
  7. Fall From Grace (Morbid Angel cover)
  8. Mama (Genesis cover)
  9. Fucking Hostile (Pantera cover)
The France based Avant-Garde Metal band Carnival in Coal played a bizarre form of music. Much of their guitar work is in the vein of Death Metal and Deathgrind but it's mixed in with moments of everything from Black Metal to Funk to every sorta of weird synths, sound, sample and riff. Their music, above all, has an excellent sense of humor and French Cancan displays that wonderfully. French Cancan consists of two original tracks, including the eerie and hilarious "My Favorite Armchair," and 7 covers. They aren't just covers though, they tear the songs apart and put them together in a unique, Avant-Garde fashion. The add jack in the box clicks, carnival music and horns, symphonics and all sorts of goofiness to Morbid Angel's "False From Grace." Their interpretation of Afric Simone's "Piranha" includes catchy guitar riffs and power chords, death growls and calypso. They take the famous Dance song "Maniac" from the movie Flashdance and add chugging and Thrashy riffs, a jazzy keyboard break, and Death growls. And finally, in my favorite song on the whole album, they cover Pantera's "Fucking Hostile" from their album Vulgar Display of Power. They take this tough guy Redneck Half-Thrash song and tune it down a notch into classy Lounge/Calypso with clean, sometimes goofy vocals. They replace the word "fucking" in the chorus, in all but the last repetition with "definately," they change "joint" to "martini," and "fucking" in the line "Because of heaven/hell A fucking wives' tale" with "bloody." The album is a cooky interpretation of some classic and/or well-known songs and makes for an enjoyable, wild listen.

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