"Look", I said to my wife, "it's been a while since I heard about Eric and his drone act". So, we started playing 'Anthems For Catharsis' again, a brilliant album. Three minutes into the album, I received an email from Eric, a review submission for his next work. We looked at each other and laughed. That was a coincidence. I wasn't even aware of the fact that Thisquietarmy was going to release another album. I had missed the teaser video and I simply assumed Eric was touring continuously. We quickly unzipped the next album and fed it to my media-machine.
(so now the real review begins)
The new Thisquietarmy album is titled 'Métamorphose'. It's a vast, two hours lasting epos of drones and soundscapes, completely void of drums. Yes, that's true. The drums are gone, the suffocating bombast of 'Anthems For Catharsis' is gone. Drones and soundscapes, that's what left, and they are magnificent. The album is inspired by a poem by Meryem Yildiz, hence the titles. All else is minimalistic and murky beauty. Somehow, the whole thing reminds me of Aidan Baker or Dirk Serries, here and there enhanced by some Schulze-psychedelics.
On the other hand, 'Métamorphose IV - Ce corps ne te sera jamais étranger' comes close to acts like Master Musicians Of Bukkake, coming up with eerie ritualistic chants and piercing drones. In that aspect, I can compare this and some other tracks to CHVE, be it a harsher and more abrasive than the latter. I don't mind, drones are drones and pretty much all of them are perfectly fine in my book. Besides, a two hours lasting album needs a bit of variation, especially when the drums have been put aside. In that Thisquietarmy certainly succeeded.
So, to conclude, 'Métamorphose' is different from his previous work but at the same time it confirms Thisquietarmy's place among the Bakers, the Serries and the Caminitis of this world. Undoubtedly, this thing deserves a spot in your collection. It's just a great piece of drone ambient, one that I would definitely like to experience live soon. I think I said it before, but 2017 is going to be a great year for music and a bloody frustrating year for people like me, people who will have to stress over end-year lists in december.