A horrible hack

Belle Epoque


Year Released: 2004
Format: CDR
Label: self released
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Mercy be. When days pass like a grey blur and all the records hitting your doormat sound nice enough but ring dead and hollow after the first few listens, then this is what I really need. France has a rich heritage when it comes to bands like this, and Belle Epoque certainly does that tradition proud. Choppy, jangling guitars that know how to play nice when it suits them but also to shove and tussle when the moment so requires. Vocals are harsh and screamed, the writings questioning just where the authors fit into this calamitously fucked up world. While kids are squabbling over the interminable minutiae of this sub-clique or that, it’s nice that bands like Belle Epoque can simply make great music and reduce to vanishing point the need to differentiate between terms like ‘hardcore’, ‘punk’ or ‘emo’, because they’re all of the above and shine quite magnificently because of it.

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