Album review: RIVIẼRE – Heal
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To the joy of what is probably a great many people, 2016 is finally over. The celebrity-killing, Brexit-voting, Trump-electing monstrosity that we have decided to call a year has finally come to a gracious close and, as bad as it was for numerous reasons, 2016 was actually pretty great for metal. From Gojira to Metallica to Ihsahn, an absolute ton of bands really knocked it out of the park when it came to new music. However, after a strong twelve months from the metal world, the challenge now falls to 2017 to keep the momentum of heavy music going strong. One of this year’s first releases, Heal – the debut album by post-rockers RIVIẼRE – does all that and more. A French quartet that unleashes sonic rumblings from the concrete jungle of Toulouse, the melodic upstarts do not represent the dingy, underground, urban disillusionment of the big city in the same way classic bands like Black Sabbath did. Rather, with an uplifting yet heavy and experimental style, RIVIẼRE sounds like they are screaming from the idyllic French rooftops with a positive message of enlightenment.
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