Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Barabbas - La Mort Appelle Tous Les Vivants


Now this is an interesting one. Barabbas are a French doom metal band very much obsessed with the genres twisted and often bizarre old school. Leaning deep into the influence of bands like Witchfinder General, their new album, La Mort Appelle Tous Les Vivants is a wonderfully freaky metal record that so many devotees of the underground find endlessly addictive and wonderfully fascinating. This is a record that moves things to the next level time and time again, fascinating listeners with the twisted depths of the performances. 

This is a record that above all else feels old. It's a record that I think puts the band in sort of a league of their own, at least in the modern sense. The retro vibes and atavistic production lead listeners to lose themselves in the pummeling riffs and wonderfully dry mix. While there certainly are a few very 2022 touches, as a rule the band seems happy to slow down heavy riffs and inspire with bluesy licks. The end result is something that feels strangely familiar but which is a potent blend of ideas for those of us who are in love with the 80s doom scene. The focus here is very much on a vintage vibe that few of the bands peers can really evoke. 

La Mort Appelle Tous Les Vivants is a gloriously doomed listen. It's a record that is unapologetic in its retro nature and one that will speak to the blackened souls of devout fans of the genre. Barabbas have managed to delve into something oddly relatable and wonderfully addictive. It's a record that will inspire with images of thunder and lightning, doomed realities that keep listeners coming back, curious to understand more about this bleak reality that they so eagerly paint for us time and time again. This is true doom metal, turn it up. 

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