“FRACTURES (noun plural, from the latin fractura) : 1. The cracking or breaking of a hard object or material. 2. A crack or break, typically in a bone or rock.”. MONT-DORÉ‘s first EP Escalades offered a vicious blend of screamo and DIY hardcore, and saw them hit stages together with the likes of ’68, Birds In Row, Year Of No Light, Celeste, ZZZ’s, Raketkanon, PIGS, and Death Engine. With the addition of a new guitar player, MONT-DORÉ returns with FRACTURES, an album with a more refined sound, yet still dangling over the edges of an emergency. Far from being placated, FRACTURES has the sound of a band violently confronting its inner-self, cranking out a visceral sonic amalgam somewhere between screamo, post-rock and post-hardcore. An intense experience, these are 7 tracks (including What You Gave Me Is Not A Gift, featuring Death Engine vocalist Mik) without breathing space; a dive into the listener’s subsumed anxieties and longing for a different tomorrow. FRACTURES – an album for the days after the “day after”. A remedy that should be screamed. This album is dedicated to the ones struggling and recovering from every kind of personal abuse. This one is for the healing. For the days after the day after. Listen below and scroll down to watch the band’s new music video for the song “Let’s Not Slam Doors Anymore”!
Brussels based screamo / post-hardcore band MONT-DORÉ will release its new album, FRACTURES, on 22nd April via Black Basset Records. Mixed by Gaspard De Meulemeester and mastered by Magnus Lindberg, this very limited edition release is illustrated by Safia Bahmed-Schwartz. The band will host the record release party for FRACTURES on April 30th in Brussels. GO HERE to see more details.
Band’s singer Paul Marique commented:
“The writing process of « Fractures » proved harsh and, in some literally tore us off. Some difficult personal moments and Grégoire Fray leaving the band had taken their toll on us for sure.
Just as for Escalades, our first EP, we were obsessed all along by this urgent desire to stay raw and sincere in what we create. We had a dozen unfinished songs, but kept aiming at working on something dense and compact. The
arrival of Antoine on guitar and a one-week retreat in Charleroi at @Le Vecteur finally enabled us to see through our struggles and turn our work into something much more concrete. The follow-up proved to be straightforward and a bit of a family affair, as we worked with our own sound engineer, Gaspard De Meulemeester, a trusted person who knows us only too well.
The album was mixed during our tour with our French friends from Death Engine. That’s also when the idea to invite Mik to sing on Not A Gift was born. His bit was recorded from the distance, sent to us by email and inserted straight into the mix! We are really delighted with the result, as it shows the particular link we have with them. And it is one more aspect that makes this album so precious to us from a personal point of view.
There was no guiding principle or concept behind « Fractures » at the start. Just a desire to keep mixing small personal things with a sense of emergency, to turn our feelings into something compact and vital. We also wanted to try new things such as singing, using proper silences, take the time to develop more atmospheric parts in our songs and explore more repetitive and trance-isa approaches in our compositions. It is only by mixing all these, little by little, that Fractures found its own direction. The lyrics were only completed near the end of the recording process, as a deal to seal everything at stake in the music we had just recorded. These lyrics are words that came as necessary, and I hope they will prove useful to some damaged souls out there, and those who share their lives. The cover artwork, by Safia Schwartz aims, in a certain way, at demonstrating that.
Our first EP, Escalades, had its own visual and musical concept. A line going straigth trough a mountain. In some way, we kept that spirit for Fractures. It’s something we will most definitely keep in our DNA in the future.”
Guitarist Pierre Toussaint added:
“Fractures took two years of writing in total, and I would imagine it shows the band’s natural evolution. The band badly wanted to keep its DIY spirit and our special friend and on-the-road sound engineer Gaspard De
Meulemeester oversaw the whole project from the first note to the last one. The result sounds intense, yet urgent and primitive in nature, as we tried to remain as spontaneous as possible. “Escalades” had this visual and musical idea of trying to surpass yourself. Fractures focus on the obstacles and troubles one might encounter in doing so.”
27/4: Antwerpen (BE) w/ Potence
30/4: Brussels (BE) w/ La Jungle + Fall of Messiah
7/5: Berlin (DE) – Miss The Stars Fert
8/5: Dunkerque (FR) – w/ This Will Destroy You
23/7 – Faetzig (DE) – Summer Camp Fest
24/7 – Rokycany (CZ) – Fluff Fest
10/9 – Antwerpen (BE) – w/ Listener