In 1997, Axel Wursthorn and Arno Strobel formed their own band CARNIVAL IN COAL in Amiens, France and in doing so they tried to create a combination of MR. BUNGLE and PAN-THY-MONIUM. Maybe those who cannot imagine what it’s like should just think of a mixture between Black Metal, Chanson, Funk, Soul, Electro, Pop, Country, Grindcore and completely sick humour.
I first got to know this band through a buddy of mine. A buddy of mine played the completely insane cover version of the eighties dance floor filler “Maniac” by Michael Sembello to me and at first I mwas stunned…then he showed me the cover that was graced by two ultra fags, saying “That’s CARNIVAL IN COAL from France, they are completely insane..” This nice album “French Cancan” contained cover versions only, one of them being crazier than the other. Aside from a cool Black Metal version of Ozzy’s “Bark At The Moon” you get PANTERA’s “Fucking Hostile” to cuddle. MORBID ANGEL’s “Fall From Grace” is a mixture between military music and Ambient.
Unfortunately I don’t know the subsequent „Fear Not Carnival In Coal“. but meanwhile the French duo is said to be on Earache. The insanity put to music is called “Collection Prestige” and it’s a fest for the intrepid of this world again. Fine entertainment, where blastbeats are coupled with polka or where orchestra parts are coupled with funky beats, where Frank Zappa, Grindcore, Death Metal, MINISTRY, Spandau Ballet, Disco Pop is fused with FANTOMAS, MR. BUNGLE and ZIMMERS HOLE…And somehow it all fits…After all they are brillant sound puzzlers and brillant musicians, our two psychopaths. It’s obvious that even with an open mind one or three songs strain the nerves enormously. An impressive thing nevertheless! (Online October 12, 2005)