|Title:||Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium|
|Translation:||Crypt Of Fear|
It's been four years since the last time we talked about Pryapisme; their name came out thanks to the drummer's participation on the öOoOoOoOoOo debut album, but today we will tell you about their new release,
It is always hard to understand what goes through these French musicians' mind, however "Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium" feels more thought out than "Hyperblast Super Collider" that made me hit my head in confusion. Let's be clear, this is still a Pryapisme album, so the concept of logic isn't even to take into consideration, however this disc sounds less… random: instead of throwing ideas into everchanging tracks, this time Pryapisme seems to have a scheme according to which the songs evolve in a more controlled way. Again though, it's necessary to remind ourselves who we are talking about to contextualize what we just said, because certain mixes between Jazz, Electronica, Extreme Metal and Chiptune probably aren't considered as part of a linear development of music.
Now, before going deep into the tracks, I want to give you an idea of the album's lyrics. If the title seems to be coming from Lord Ahriman's cat band, the concept does seem to have a really different origin: it tells us about the last, magnificent feline conspiration to obtain world domination through the birth of Satan's cat (represented on the cover), the one that will reign on the entire galaxy taking advantage of a pentagram made of cat food; I don't even know how to describe such an engaging plot, but we have to say — thanks to the unforgettable successes as the irrefutable supremacy during the Ancient Egypt and the lol-cats invasion of the web — this sounds more believable than what Dark Funeral lyrics are about. However "Carambolage Fillette Contre Individu Dragon Non-Décortiqué" music video helps us imagine every part of this in our reality.
Back to the songs, I have previously nomitated four very different genres, however I feel I described a really low percentage of what's going on in this deranged hour of instrumental music. Take Electronica for example: we go through a highly distorted drum line in the Hard/Speedcore style, to some Dubstep style bass-dropping, to complex patterns inspired by Drum & Bass or Breakcore to passages in 4/4 in full EDM style with an upbeat bass, everything without forgetting the wide use of synths and effects that are present through the entire album. A similar thing happens on the Metal side: tremolo picking guitars, blast beats, groovy parts or tending to Death Metal, continous rhythm changes, Prog Metal experimentations and so on, there's a wide range of genres in here. Add to this a remarkable Jazz influence that often takes the starring role, both in parts almost — I said almost! — relaxed and other more vibrant and difficult where John Zorn name isn't out of place.
As if there hasn't been enough to talk, Pryapisme are never too tired to enrich their composition in every way possible: sometimes it is possible to hear brief insert of Middle Eastern music or Classical, even Prog Rock and Fusion are there; the feelings go from the playful to the aggressive, from the futuristic to the unnerving without any continuity; the large use of 8-bit cues can only lead to gaming references, the instrumentation used includes clarinet, double-bass, saxophone, a cat's meowing and a shutting door; in the end some rare vocal sampling appears here and there. About this: I'll denounce the band for intellectual plagiarism, having taken from me the idea of female moans used in a rhythmic way.
Jokes aside, "Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium" confirms Pryapisme as an apparently ruleless reality, they play whatever they want, however they want; the most surprising thing is the natural way in which the band manage this chaos, with an incredibly simple result, admirable since the first listening, but with details to discover from time to time. Chapeau!