Le Grand Guignol | The Great Maddening

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The Great Maddening

by Le Grand Guignol

Firm metal tones melt with an opulent classical orchestration and genre-external elements to generate a yet unheard musical complexity. There is only one criterion in art: GOOSEBUMPS.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Black Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cirqvs L.
1:49 $0.99
2. Degenesis ( Amor & Seuche)
8:56 $0.99
3. Dimension: Canvas
5:34 $0.99
4. Mens Insana In Corpore Insano
7:22 $0.99
5. Madness And Her Thousand Young
6:51 $0.99
6. The Healing Process
5:27 $0.99
7. Finis Coronat Opus
7:22 $0.99
8. I, Who Brought Forth Myself
2:41 $0.99
9. Alsuntia
2:15 $0.99
10. Lucilinburhuc
4:50 $0.99
11. In, Beyond Or Through
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Album Notes
Founded in late 1996, LE GRAND GUIGNOL (back then acting under the name of VINDSVAL) release a first raw demo in 1997.

Soon they discover their passion for outré compositions, preserving the harshness of extreme metal, yet adding wickedly catchy tunes, symptomizing in deep-felt emotions and thus creating gloomy atmospheres, which the band refers to as "grotesque metal".

A first convicting piece of evidence is unearthed in 1999, embodied by the self-financed and -released debut-album "Imperium Grotesque".

Years marked by live-performances and dedicated studio-work were to follow. Reconsidering both musical and lyrical concepts, coherence had VINDSVAL change their name into LE GRAND GUIGNOL at the dusk of 2006.

In early 2007, MADDENING MEDIA prepares the stage for LE GRAND GUIGNOL, who hereby unleash upon the audience a masterpiece of yet unheard grandeur and grotesque sublimity, carrying the haunting name of "The Great Maddening".

Just like its namesake (a french genre-theatre around the blade-crossing of the 19th and 20th century), Le Grand Guignol are ready to rise the curtain in order to let the public partake in their enrapturing tales of madness.

Prepare for something different, something new, for a band which leaves the trodden paths in order to freely express their creative vision of heavy music.
Eclecticism and excellence go hand in hand as they take the listener to a musical journey beyond belief.

For about one hour, you plunge into a world where deep emotions depict the landscapes. No incidental melodies, no haphazardly chosen sounds, the effect of “The Great Maddening” is 100% intention as firm metal tones melt with an opulent classical orchestration and genre-external elements to generate a yet unheard musical complexity.

Highest attention was put on the perfect elaboration of the sound-production (e.g. Mastering by Grammy-Award-winner Darcy Proper at Galaxy Studios – Rammstein, Manowar, Lacuna Coil, Porcupine Tree etc.).

How the press rates the album:

Aux Portes Du Metal: 18/20
Bright Eyes: 12/13
Burning Misery: 4,5/5
Burn Your Ears: 9/10
Deadfall: 10/10
DeathMetal.be: 87/100
Disagreement: 10/10
Encyclopaedia Metallum: 90/100
Evilized: 94/100
Feindesland: 13/15
GothTronic: 8,3/10
HeavyHardes: 5/6
Heavy Metal Cosmos: 9/10
HellSpawn: 89/100
Kogaionon: 89/100
Legacy: 10/15
Masterful Magazine: 8/10
Metal.de: 9/10
Metal1.info: 9/10
MetalFactory: 9.0/10
MetalGlory: 8/10
Metal Hammer: 5/7
MetalNose: 9,8/10
MSTOS: 4,5/5
MusicInBelgium: 4,5/5
MusicScan: 8/10
MyRevelations: 11/15
NorthernMetal: 9/10
RockHard: 8/10
Stalker: 7,5/10
SchwerMetall: 12/13
Violent Solutions: 16/20
ZwareMetalen: 93/100

But of course we want you to make up your own opinion about LE GRAND GUIGNOL!



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Paul swindells

I am a big cradle and dimmu fan, and what you are doing sounds awesome!!


Worth the MADNESS!!!
A cd to my heart! first time i heared it there was this bonechilling sense going through my spine, Wich is verry verry good! keep on going like this!!! (*twitch*)


A Ride through Madness!!
Interesting style of music, unique sounds and brilliant album concept! Excellent shipping service. Thanks, I recommend it!


Named after a style of theatre existing during the first half of the twentieth century, dedicated largely to themes of grotesque random violence and insanity, Le Grand Guignol seek to create a musical montage, an auditory equivalent to the disturbing insanity of these plays.
This by and large is achieved, and is unquestionably the albums greatest strength.
From the albums overture openning, to it's final demented gurgles it creates an air of claustrophobic madness, that is truly a mind altering experience.
To create the ethereal moods surrounding the loss of sanity in what constantly feels like a victorian madhouse, an impressive array of song structures, sound colours, and harmonic variations are used, making it an album that constantly maintains interest and excitement through it's multifaceted compositions. The ear is never allowed to rest too long in one point, and unlike the random and crude (if not effective) time changes of much extreme metal, the timbral and tempo changes are treated with great care and subtlety, creating very smooth transitions and changes of mood that creep up on you sideways, rather than bludgeoning you over the head. Indeed the sheer scope of orchestration on this album, and the skill in the counterpoint is enough to make it an instant classic.
From tearful descents into depression, through manic pyschoses, and deluded moments of grandeur, the music is both orchestra and actors, and you are easily swept along with the wildly veering moods.
Full metalheads may find the guitar sound a bit light on compared to the likes of emperor or dimmu borgir, but unlike these bands, where the guitar tends to overwhelm all else when it enters, Le Grand Guignol appear to use heavy metal guitars as just another sound in their already impressive palette, allowing a clarity that means the music breathes far more effectively than if it was drowned out by guitars chewing into every spare decibel of compression.
Forget metal hammers bullshit score, look at all the other figures for a real representation of what this band deserves.
A fully realised, impressively composed and executed piece of beautiful art.


Wow !
Great musik, realy awesome, nice from A to Z, recommand to every body. Good work, like the concept, and hope for more albums !! Nice shipping too..