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Marée noire - EP

Beneath the Massacre

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Evidently, the members of Canadian technical death metal band Beneath the Massacre have been thinking about environmental concerns and British Petroleum's rape of the Gulf of Mexico. Maree Noire means "Oil Slick" in French, and the song titles on this five-track EP include "Drill Baby Drill" and "Black Tide." It's safe to assume that these tunes weren't exactly written to praise BP's former CEO Tony Hayward. But then, listeners will only have the song titles to go on because (1) there is no lyric sheet, and (2) lead singer Elliot Desgagnés' deep, guttural Cookie Monster growling vocals render the lyrics difficult or impossible to understand. And when all is said and done, Maree Noire is mainly about extreme, brutal exhilaration — not getting a political message across. Maree Noire is also an exercise in technicality. Beneath the Massacre thrive on angular, highly technical playing, and the math metal factor is quite high on this EP. In its own darkly cartoonish way, Maree Noire is an exercise in virtuosity. Maree Noire is an exercise in bombast, yes, but it is also an exercise in virtuosity — and the fact is that Beneath the Massacre's members wouldn't be able to pull off material this technical if they didn't know their way around their instruments. But technical prowess alone doesn't make for great listening. Maree Noire is a chopsfest, although not a terribly memorable one. This 2010 release probably would have been more interesting if the listener were better able to understand the lyrics. Beneath the Massacre appear to be addressing some important subject matter, but having something important to say doesn't mean a whole lot if the listener can't make out the words.

Customer Reviews


BTM has certainly progressed in the right direction. This EP packs a heavy punch behind it and it will probably destroy your ear drums. Much more technical than the previous and it certainly will appeal to any BTM fan!

Much better than MOD

I bought Mechanics of Dysfunction a few years back and to be honest...I only liked one song off of that and that was The System's Failure. Otherwise it did not appeal to me much. The only reason I still have it is because I can't find anywhere that will take it.

With that said, this EP has changed my opinion of them. This is everything they should be doing in their records and I love it. It has a more (dare I say) more "organized" sound to it than their previous efforts. This is probably some of, if not the heaviest stuff I own. I'm glad to see them shaping into a better band

Open your f@$!%#* ears...

Ok I don't know if anyone has any tastenfor lyrical content, or music craftsmanship but if you opened your ears and turned your brain back on you would realize that in general and past general these guys are what this genre and any genre needed. If you listen to this album or any of there albums you are getting a dose of the truth, the truth that some people can't handle. Christopher Bradley ( BTM's guitarist) is elite on his writing style very aggressive and tech to boot, elliot desagnes and the rest fill in the onslaught of aggression that's makes BTM something that always should be heard...period. Buy this album and all of theres's if you do you will not be disappointed.


Formed: 2004 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Technical death metal band Beneath the Massacre hails from Montreal, Canada, where it was formed in 2004 by vocalist Elliot Desgagnés, guitarists Christopher Bradley and Jonathan Dubeau, bassist Dennis Bradley, drummer Justin Rousselle, and, for a brief spell, keyboard player Christian Pépin. Inspired by the ultra-brutal and hyper-complex death metal aesthetic pioneered by Canadian clinicians such as Cryptopsy and Neuraxis, Beneath the Massacre followed their debut 2005 EP Evidence of Inequity, with...
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