SNIPER: DEAD RINGERS
CDR: Dolmen Sniper 
and 'bleak' are not two words that you often hear in the same breath -
a bit like 'frantic' and 'drone', or 'uplifting' and 'goth'. But the opening
track from Frenchman Cyrill Duneau, 'Farines Humaines', is a
textbook example of what bleak dub ought to sound like. Resonant stabs
of sound echo over a pounding trip-hop rhythm
Originally released in 2003 as the soundtrack to a video (sadly no clips included), and recently re-edited and re-released by the artist, this CD continued to take me by surprise with its versatility and originality; it's one of those releases that keeps throwing you curve balls and refuses to be pigeonholed. 'Dead Lights' has a groovy sort of early Skinny Puppy vibe (err, 'Dead Lines' anyone?), which drops you abruptly into the savage ambience (another unlikely pairing) and hectic beat-mashing of 'Dead Sorrow' - there's a theme emerging here. Interlude 'Murder' has a touch of the blues to it, whereas closing track 'Dead End' is at once grandiose and hallucinatory.
so often there's a snatch of heavy beat-driven industrial and synth riffing
that reminds me of French contemporaries Rauwolfia and Chrysalide; I'm
beginning to suspect that there's a thriving Gallic hard-electronica scene
that has yet to properly break over here. If there's many more bands over
there as good as this, then we're in for a treat when it does.
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