Sea Of Tranquility



The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu




Last Barons: Cheval De Troie

Listening to Last Barons' sophomore album, Cheval De Troie (translated as 'Trojan Horse'), quickly becomes a game of spot the influence. Not a good start. Opening track 'Shaman's Warning Song' has Faith No More written all over it, the Mike Patton rat-in-the-sewer vocals and the dirty, hypnotic rhythms and peculiar melodies all belong to Faith No More. The chromatic riffs and the whiny wails of 'Nomad Soul' of Dirt-era Alice in Chains are again blended with FNM, this time with a dash of Stone Temple Pilots. 'Rubber Boots' has a dose of the Mr Bungles in the way that the track quirkily hops between styles before the Bowie-esque 'Hidden Sun' fuses Red Hot Chilli Pepper funk. And so, the FNM/AiC/STP worship continues. But this isn't a bad album. Mixing metal, prog-rock, a bit of jazz-via-the-90s, and alternative, Last Barons offer an interesting sound that though blatantly derivative is still a very good and often quirky album. And it does beg repeat plays. There's plenty of catchy hooks and melodies in there as well as a bunch of great songs played by a bunch of adept musicians. For Last Barons, the 90s are both a reference point and a yardstick. But imitation has no endurance. More a homage than anything innovative, Cheval De Troie is a collection of well-performed and well-written material that had Last Barons injected more of their own identity, it could have been extraordinary.

Track Listing:

  1. Shaman's Warning Song
  2. Nomad Soul
  3. Rubber Boots
  4. Hidden Sun
  5. The Violent Kind
  6. Going To Varzi
  7. From Beyond
  8. Sould Grinder
  9. Anthik Technik
  10. A Last Devotchka
  11. Cosmogony And Dimensions Of The Mind
  12. End Of The Beauty

Added: January 12th 2013
Reviewer: Jason Guest
Score:
Related Link: Last Barons - website
Hits: 1687
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]

  

[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]



2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by SpeedSoft.com