WE ALL DIE (LAUGHING) - THOUGHTSCANNING (KAOTOXIN RECORDS/CODE7/ROCK INC.)
We All Die (Laughing) is yet another project in a row for world-acclaimed vocalist and Rock Hard reporter Arno Strobl. He clipped high tops with the Avant-garde act Carnival In Coal, he was also asked to lend his musical expertise (as guest member) to the debut full-length album of a French band named 6:33. As I have heard from a reliable source, he also can be heard as guest singer on Eye Of Solitude’s “Canto III” effort (Kaotoxin Records). The vocals of this musical centipede were recorded in Belgium by musical genius Déhà (Maladie, Coag, Imber Liminis, Yrdahl,…), apparently there has been a good cooperation between both personalities, one led to another and the name We All Die (Laughing) was born! Although I had a hunch this project had nothing to do with pure Metal in all its glory, I was still curious about the end result of “Thoughtscanning”.
The small window in my CD player indicates that there are only two songs present, spread over a period of 33 minutes. Let’s press the Play knob and judge what these two wayward men have in store for us. After listening to these two songs, I should point out first that We All Die (Laughing) isn’t able to convince me at all. The album brings an opinionated rollercoaster of emotional expressions by traversing multiple music styles , I guess the ultimate goal both Arno and Déhà had planned. In some ways the frontman meets the definition of an impressive singer but everything sounds too unsual for my Heavy Metal ears. Definitely not my cup of tea and my interest in this band expires after only the first number. Above all, I still had to face a cover song from Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’, my interest continues declining.
Musically, this “Thoughtscanning” effort can be described as very unique, a hodgepodge of different sorts of vocal service (from normal to extreme) topped with a dark and sinister, sometimes depressive feel. Due to this album’s abundance of musical (slightly odd) versatility, “Thoughtscanning is likely to be one of the most controversial outputs of 2014. As far as my knowledge in this genre goes, I’d like to compare with Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Opeth and Edge Of Insanity. Dark minded progressive rockers and enthusiasts of extreme music not afraid to be immersed in a range of emotions, We All Die (Laughing) may mean something to you. Order this 2-song cut which features the wonderful, drawn with blood and appealed to the imagination cover artwork by the master of darkness named Maxime Taccardi, and your soul will be submerged in a pool of inner feelings. Not my alley, still the mission of We All Die (Laughing) seems accomplished! https://www.facebook.com/wealldielaughing
My Points: 72 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish