It’s been a strange couple months for grumpy ole Grier. I’ve reviewed everything from cowpunk to Swedish black metal to non-metal/metal avant-garde to captivating power/melodeath. But, for all the ups-and-downs that come with this crazy rollercoaster ride, never am I more brain-fucked as when a new Igorrr record arrives in my inbox. If you don’t know who Igorrr is, do yourself a favor and head over to their Bandcamp page. Because there’s no accurate way to describe them. In some few hundred words, I will attempt to describe the chaos that is Gautier Serre and his merry misfits. But, those familiar with the band know how futile it is. With Laurent Lunior’s vicious shrieks. Laure Le Prunenec’s beautiful operatics, and Sylvain Bouvier’s slick drumming at his side, Serre takes you on a remarkable journey. One that required minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years to complete. And the result is Igorrr‘s best record to date.

As you settle into Savage Sinusoid, one thing becomes clear. This is the most “accessible” album the band has ever written. I don’t want anyone to think I’m insulting these fine Frenchmen. Quite the contrary. What I mean to point out is the fullness and richness of this new record. Where previous records, in a sense, subject the listener to their own brand of “shock value,” this new record focuses on cohesion and song structure more than ever before. But, the Igorrr weirdness remains.

Opener “Vivande” unleashes a few blood-curdling screams before stomping a new hole in your ass. The death riff that tears through you is like Ministry-meets-grind-meets-industrial death, with Lunior’s incoherent rasps barking along like Hank Williams III‘s hound dog (OK, not quite that bad). It’s a damn good way to get things rolling and is one of my favorite on the album. Other deathy numbers include the skull-fucking “Apopathodiaphulatophobie” and instrumental “Va te Foutre.” The former uses the voices of Lunior, Le Prunenec, and Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) to the max; smashing, barking, screaming, and pulverizing your throbbing, thinking muscle. The latter is straight-up death beast that is all about the bass, drums, and guitars. These three songs standout for their simplicity and lack of overdoing it—none of them being more than two minutes in length.

The rest of the album—as one would expect—is pure chaos. Songs like “ieuD,” “Houmous,” and “Cheval” are about as Igorrr as it gets. They wreck you with piano, accordion, saxophone, beautiful acoustic guitars, screaming male vocals, angelic female opera vox, and drums more devastating than cancer. But, “Houmous” has it all. And, somehow, every element meshes. After opening with an accordion lick that just beats out the one on “Cheval,” the song weaves in and out of chunky riffs and screams before the sax arrives. OK, I know it sounds absurd, but it actually has some insanely talented performances. Not to mention the Spanish-styled guitars in the middle and the angelic vocals at the end. After a cluck from our good friend Patrick, the song finally ends with one ridiculous outro. I don’t wanna give it away, but it’s insane and the old gals and guys out there are gonna laugh their asses off.

“Cheval” is equally insane. It’s opening accordion sends me out onto the streets of 19th century France, with Owen Wilson as my companion. Except, this time, Lunior and Travis Ryan are screaming shit into my ear the whole time. It’s a fucking trip, but one worth hearing (and seeing). The road trip also includes visits to the harpsichord hell of “ieuD” and the piano-driven “Problème d’émotion.” The former alternates between beauty and aggression, while the latter combines Ava Inferi with the haunting soundtrack of the movie Ravenous. The gorgeous twists of “Problème d’émotion” are found in spades on “Spaghetti Forever” and the Bach-ish closer “Au Revoir.” For all the beauty these tracks provide, don’t forget this is still Igorrr. Savagery riddles “Spaghetti Forever,” while slick guitar groove pushes the album closer to its max. Perhaps my favorite track on the album, “Au Revoir” is also the most accessible. It’s a beautiful piece that turns out to be shocking by not shocking at all.

Well, it’s been several hundred words and I still don’t feel I did the band justice. Savage Sinusoid has to be experienced. The songwriting is downright schizophrenic and the moods are both silly and abrasive. Upon the first listen, I expected to have a hard time returning to Savage Sinusoid. But, the opposite happened. You can tell the band put in a ton of work and every decision made is painstakingly calculated. But, no matter how much I praise Savage Sinusoid, Igorrr are weird as shit. And, you either love them or hate them. Their music has always sent the weak-minded into a homicidal frenzy and Savage Sinusoid is no different. So, if you’re willing to give it a try, take off your hat, bend your head over, and let the penetration begin.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 128 kbps mp3
Label: Metal Blade Records
Websites: igorrr.bandcamp.com | igorrr.com | facebook.com/IgorrrBarrroque
Releases Worldwide: June 16th, 2017

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  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    Band name = purchased.

    Igorrr (and any projects associated) releases are instant buys regardless of quality. I know that even if I don’t enjoy the whole album, I’ll hear something completely new and absurd at some point.

    Penetrate me, Igorrr.

    • Dethjesta

      Nostril is genius. I’m a fan of Igorr too.

      Although, perhaps not quite as much as you are.

    • Frost15

      Another Igorrr fan here. Discovering him was a revelation comparable to when I discovered Deathspell Omega.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Love love love Maigre. That E.P. is so much damned fun.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    Score doesn’t match the review. Again. Score doesn’t match the music. Again. Review can’t match the misic, a first?

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      How does it not match? 3.5 means very good, no?

      • Dr. Scorpion

        But it aint a 4.0,thats kind of what the review read like

        • It’s very good, not great.

        • GardensTale

          For the record, I agree. I kind of need a significant gripe to knock a record that makes me rattle off superlatives down from a 4.0. But this is Grier we are talking about, he who rates the harshest out of all of us.

          The review is kind of all over the place, but with this subject, it kind of has to be.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Yup, that’s me. And the review is exactly how the album is. Fucking nuts and a jumbled mess. Yet, you can understand it.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Mr Bungle , although different, had that same nutfuckery factor. But there was always so much gold among the wackiness that kept bringing me back for more.
            I always wondered if the golden parts were enhanced by the fact they were surrounded by such nutfuckery or if they would stand on their own.
            I’m having similar thoughts with this release….

        • [not a Dr]

          4.5 – 1 (for not being King Diamond) = 3.5

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Of course! That’s what it is

    • If it helps any, it’s a solid 4.0 in my book. Can’t stop listening to it.

      • Frost15

        In mine too

      • tomasjacobi

        A 4.0 here as well. I had high expectations, but this lives up to them.

    • foreverAlfon

      A 3.5 by Dr. A.N.Grier is like…

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Not the easiest album to write about. Damn-near impossible, actually. And yes, we all know. My scores never match my reviews blah blah blah blah blah.

  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    Can they play live this thing?

    • iiixf

      Absolutely, yes.

    • Genezer

      Yup, I’ve seen them do it, great stuph!

  • RDP

    My favorite thing about this is the soprano operatic vocals. I’m a sucker for opera in metal (or in this case, chaos) when done right. It took me a really long time to get into the prior albums because it was hard to get through a whole album in one sitting without my head spinning, but I’m quite excited about this release.

  • rumour_control

    Sweet feeling indeed:
    “Upon the first listen, I expected to have a hard time returning to Savage Sinusoid. But, the opposite happened.”

  • Riddler Green

    This is some wacky packy stuff.

  • Planex

    One of the harshest 3.5s I’ve seen.

  • Huck N’ Roll

    If this guy had played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast that might’ve been a great movie.

  • Worldeater

    Thank you for your review, the embedded track and Opus Brain where a quite exquisit experience. Slaanesh approves!

  • Sean Sky

    Never heard this band before so I just listened to Nostril. Holy shite what a weird and intriguing album.

  • I’ve turned that video on before reading anything and…
    Oh boy, I will always remember to prepare myself from now on.

  • R.Daneel Olivaw
  • Me

    Savage sinus infection?

  • I’ve seen the Opus Brain video a few times over the past weeks, in which the music shift from jungle techno(?) to deadly riffs and opera before transitions to operatic flamenco, back to metal and industrial trance. Or something. Dumbfounding and intriguingly schizo.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    But does it have cello?

  • Apple Tree

    Their best record to date is a 3.5

  • I’ll be checking out the full album for sure. One of Igorrr’s other projects, Corpo-Mente was my number 1 in my top 10 of 2015. I suggest checking out Corpo-Mente if you find this to be a little too over the top and like the female vocals in the embedded track. I haven’t really gotten into Igorrr’s other stuff, but this sounds great.

  • Nukenado

    As more of a rock than metal fan, I must say I welcome not-quite-metal avant garde metal. There’s just not many Diablo Swing Orchestras, Kethas and Igorrrs in rock.
    Blessed be exploration, and blessed be good avant-garde albums.

    • GardensTale

      You might enjoy Man Man. It basically started off with a sound like Frank Zappa leading Creedence Clearwater Revival into the bayou while high on peyote, and they gradually mellowed out from there. I find “Rabbit Habits” and “Life Fantastic” are their sweet spots.

      • Nukenado

        Checked them out and the songs you had… The sweetness is nice but it’s not really my style? They have some songs that are more rock oriented and some more chill… In that respect, kinda like DSO. Not really digging it now, but I might return in the future. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • METAL OTTER

    Is Patrick the hen credited in the liner notes? Igorrr’s official YouTube channel is glorious.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Bingo.

  • madhare

    Not for me. Reminds me of the stuff the French send to the Eurovision every year. Quirky and arty just to remind everybody that they’re French. Beyond that, not very interesting. Or the interesting parts get overtaken by the contrived quirkiness.

    • Sean Vieira

      What part of it is the “quirkiness” you speak of? Was it the metal, the balkan, the electronic, the operatic, or the baroque elements?

  • You wot m8?

    I don’t know what this is, but I like it.

    Fuck, I’m that guy who always likes the weird shit…

  • Lavatron

    I still try to digest Omrade, now there comes a Igorrr around.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Off topic….but the Dead Cross debut is going to kick serious buttocks. …..as you were.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    EDM Mr Bungle?

    • Nukenado

      For Electronic Dance Metal, check out “Pallbearer” from their split single with Bong-Ra.

  • Excentric_13073

    Metal band defying the genre’s classifications? Sold.

  • Gaynebula

    I’ve fucking adored Igorrr for ages and I’m ecstatic about the genius of this record. This fucker is a 4.5/5.0 on my book but I’m happy to see it praised here nonetheless.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Have to admit. …the chicken vinyl scratching on Hallelujah’s “vegetable soup” may be the greatest moment in music ever….

  • LookinLike

    Can’t imagine anything surpassing this album for me in a long while.

  • Count_Breznak

    So far AOTY is a battle between Dodecahedron and this.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Correct!

  • WIRED_Metal

    holy shit this is amazing.

    nobody does metal like the french. nobody.

  • Serjien

    Not sure how I feel about this one, but one thing is for certain: Upon hearing the embedded track, I had several “What the Fuck is this” moments, but in a very good way!

  • Matei Dinculescu

    Dude you missed the track Robert :( probably my favourite one off of the record

  • Heldarc

    Da fak, this is sonic orgasm – highly addictive.

    PS: That first part of Problème d’émotion reminds me a lot of one theme from Dexter soundtrack.

  • Sophocles

    This puts all this year’s avant-garde albums to the rearguard of the category. Or the other way round, I don’t know, I feel brain-damaged after a couple of spins………….

  • AnnieK13

    Embedded track is definitely interesting and I think I like it…I think.

  • Raskim7

    Very Good review! Previous albums were about 3,5/5 for me, but this is solid 5/5. Currently the best album of the year. I’ll most likely listen this until I’ll never listen it anymore, and then I’ll listen it some more. Even JavaScript makes some sense when there’s some Igorrr playing on the headphones!

  • Nukenado

    After listening to Igorrr’s back log intensely, I think what seperates Igorrr and other experimental artists is his taste for hooks. His songs are incredibly catchy. Viande is one big rhythmic hook, IeuD has plenty of catchy melodies, and I can recall Houmus’s opening out of the top of my head. It’s also the same with previous albums, with songs like Absolute Psalm and Unplesant Sonata being utterly catchy.