Hailing from Paris, France, TREPONEM PAL is an Industrial Metal band that originated in the 1980’s. Since then, they have been pumping out Groove-Industrial albums in Europe and touring with bands such as PRONG and MINISTRY.
Their latest album, “Weird Machine,” released in 2008, is a solid representation of Industrial Metal at its core. The album is upbeat, fun, and synthesized beyond belief, the guitars are dirty sounding and have a fantastical element. The album is riddled with sound effects, many of which have an extra-terrestrial feel to them.
The melodic elements of the album are atmospheric and mesmerizing, almost every song starts out slowly, creating a mood for the song. The vocals vary from severely distorted to having bluesy elements, also, notice the synthesized keyboards, a nice touch to the album. The drumming is exactly how it should be in Industrial Metal; it is rhythmatic and machine-like. One instantly can picture a group marching to the repetitive beats.
TREPONEM PAL is hard to compare to modern day Industrial Metal bands, but they their sound has elements that bring to mind THE DOORS. The band dabbles in Blues, which nicely accompanies their Industrial and fantastical sound.
Song to check out: “Hardcore Massive Soldier”.
(Online January 4, 2009)