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LE FORCE – Le Fortress (CD, Wäntage USA WAN029)

Posted: November 3rd, 2004, by Simon Minter

I love Wäntage USA, they seem to have a constant stream of hard rockin’ albums to share with us and never let up on the quality or determination which flies out of the speakers. Le Force are described as a ‘chrome plated predatory falcon’ on the label’s website, and that’s a pretty good description – they’re sleek, dangerous, erratic, and have small brains. No offence.

To my metal-illiterate ears this album reminds me immediately of the Fucking Champs; a (generally) vocals-free selection of super-tight riffs and mock-prog NWOBHM ‘explorations’. So in here we’ve got the devil-horn-sign metal rock (‘We may belong to you… but our souls belong to Satan’) through like, uh, deep music, dude (‘Sometimes everybody needs a tissue (trilogy)’) and right back to foot-on-monitor, hair-in-face, angular (both in shape and sound) guitars firing out missiles of rock’n’roll (‘The last nail in my coffin’). And nobody can argue with simple rock’n’roll in the crazed (Bush-led) world of today.


Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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