We’ve definitely mentioned it before but It’s rare that you come across a band today that sounds like something…else. And that’s exactly the case when it comes to Switzerland’s E-L-R and their fantabulous sophomore outing, Vexier. Within the E-L-R DNA there’s undoubtedly some Isis, some Ruins Of Beverast, some Orochen but as a whole E-L-R sound like, well, E-L-R. And that’s rad as hell.
Also on the radical front is that E-L-R comes out of left field with their tunes and have an impact akin to the force of an atomic bomb exploding. Throughout Vexier, the Swiss trio create something inherently primal that instantly mesmerizes over five tracks that clock in at a hefty 45 minutes.
That statement rings true during opener “Opiate The Sun” which gradually creates an ambiance and builds a general feel over a sparse three minutes before the bombast kicks in and a sort of primal beckoning forms into a trance-like occurrence that expands E-L-R’s sonic depth over the rest of the track’s remaining nine minutes. If ever there was an album, or song in this case, that should be treated as an “event”, it’s this one. And indicative of what’s to come with tracks that are also grandiose in scale and meticulously orchestrated and performed. The Sigur Ros of heavy music (Add SR’s Kveikur album to that DNA list from earlier) if you will.
“Three Winds” is even more enthralling with a constant percussive thrashing, this wall of riffage, and ethereal vocals at its’ core while “Seeds” takes it all to another level with a robust rhythmic synchronicity. “Fleurs Of Decay” is slightly more straightforward leaning into the Doom wholeheartedly and then offering glimmers of glowing joy further in while closer “Foret” offers an epically endearing bout of manic tribalism filled with throbbing thumps, spaced out spoken word passages, and driving guitar lines that similarly shriek and sway.