I can’t say I’d ever heard of this French unnamed duo. Apparently, they’re from Angers (coincidentally the twin town of my home town, St Helens), but there seem to be few other details about them. The album is composed of eight songs; Sell Your World, Scars, Revelation, The Growl, Disturbing, The Curve Of Forgotten Things, Cause Of Your Chronic Pain & From Hell.
Sell Your World is an interesting track. It starts with atmospheric keys, followed by an interjection of staccato guitars and off-beat drums that continues consistently throughout the track and despite a degree of tranquillity, there’s an underlying feeling of doom. Following this is Scars. There is a melancholy feel to the whole of this piece, with sparse use of guitars. It has a much more cut down, but aggressive feel, but the undertones of doom and melancholy dominate.
Revelation is a slow burner, but with the same clangy guitars. However, there’s almost a grungy feel to this track. Again, there’s the general feeling of sadness and doom. The Growl takes a while to get going, despite the laughing children. However by half-way, it’s established itself a bit more, with vocal harmonies and more keys and guitars. Unfortunately, it never seems to get to epic stage.
For me, Disturbing is the liveliest track on the album, but the tones of doom still lie beneath the surface. It’s a well-constructed song; and the only one that reminds me of someone else, coming across as a something between a heavy version of Razorlight, but not quite Soundgarden. The Curve Of Forgotten Things is something of an anomaly, an acoustic track which is maybe a little out of place, but after a couple of minutes I was beginning to like it. Then it stopped and morphed into something else with nice vocal harmonies. Strangely, maybe, it’s my favourite track on the album, but I’m still left thinking that maybe it should be two.
Cause Of Your Chronic Pain has a bit of a disjointed feel to me. It doesn’t seem to be able to make its mind up whether it’s a rocker or a ballad. All the same, there’s generally a nice dreamy atmosphere which, towards the end, turns into pure grunge with driving guitars and wailing keys. Definitely not what I was expecting!
From Hell is a very creepy song. The doom continues. Despite this, there are choppy guitars, power chords, atmospheric keys and off the beat drums which is finished off by an instrumental coda.
The Deviant Place Theory is not an album that you’d put on if you wanted to feel happy, with a sense of foreboding and doom all the way through.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that this is classic prog – more alternative. I didn’t find too many of what I consider ‘proggy’ influences in the album. That’s if you CAN define what’s prog. I have to say that though it’s not really to my taste, there’s no lack of proficiency or content in the music. It will be interesting to find out what the pair’s next release is like, because there’s no hiding the talent