LOLITA MUSIC:

Contact : 52 Rue de Dunkerque - 75 009 Paris - France - Phone 33 1 53 02 2222 - Fax 33 1 53 02 2223

Label : web-productions@france.mail.com

Lolita was at first a mutimedia company. They decided to start a record compnay there's 2 years ago. Their first sign was Artsonic. Now with 3 productions out, Lolita establish itself as one of the most professional record companies from France, even if they've got a few recordings. Lolita's goal is to work as professional & with professional. that's why,, production of the album, bands, advertisement are made like for the biggest company. It explains certianly why the company haven't released tons of albums yet. 

Lolita also distributed the label Headstrong records. Click here to see their release!


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WATCHA

Style : Hardcore/metal -Fusion - Album : Watcha

A bomb ! Hereís the french album of 1998 that anyone must get in its collection ! Wtcha has released an incredible & indispensable album of Fusion metal . First Cd appearance for Watcha has been in a sampler released by Metal XII. At this time, Watch created a big surprise but iím not sure that anyone could have predict this kind of album in 1998. At first, this album has been recorded in Impuls studio in Belgium ( Loudblast, Sup, Artsonic, ...) & the sound litterally kills !

Such an impressive production is just amazing . listen to it & you hear some arrangements on the left side, on the right one, on both hear. Thereís mutliple effects & arrangements that enrich this album. I honestly think that itís the best production i Ďve ever heard from a band of this style worldwide. Itís a huge, loud & heavy production where all subtleties are put into their advantage by clever & gifted musicians. Because to create such a perfect album, Watcha is at first composed of very good musicians that totally master their instrument & sound. And the band found in their singer the way to express themselves at the perfection. This time again, I donít think that thereís tons of singer like him. Heís amongst the best ones in this style & probably the best one ; He can bring aggresivity & scream while staying melodic. One minute later, heís amazing with a soft voice. To describe Watcha musically speaking, you can imagine thta you blend Sepultura , Machine Head , Pantera for some guitar parts & some sing parts with some rap influences like vocals , with some « sweet » surroundings » & with bands like RATM & Lofofora. It proves the richness of this music.

Itís a real pleasure ot hear it with headphones as you find each time more & more details & arrangements . Lyrics are as well in french than in english. The best song, I should say their future hymn & one of my favorite song is « La Machine à Sang ». This song resumes alone what Watcha is & how the band sounds. Sincerely , this album is pure dynamite & even if you listen to more classical metal, take your time to hear this album, because Watcha released aCd that will mark its epoch. This is the kind of album which is a delayed action bomb. After youíve heard it, all seems to be tasteless. Watcha overcome with a great easiness all what yo have already head in hardcore metal & fusion. On my own, Watcha is the Faith no More of this end of century.


ARTSONIC:

Style : Power thrash - Album : Original soundtrack for the motion picture FAKE

Artsonic is back with a new album after a debut album released too by Lolita Music in 1997. The band created avery big surprise wiht its power thrash metal which were very closed to Machine Heead, Sepultura or Pantera. ( you can check the interview made after this release). Artsonic can be described as an international bands as all members are coming from different countries (Netherlands for Dirk, the drummer that also play with Scarve, Germany for steph, France for Boris & USA/France for Syl. If their first album was showing an excellent power thrash metal band with an amazing production, "Fake" is so far 100% better than their debut. At first , the sound is really phenomenal with numerous arrangements. More, Artsonic worked a lot to build its own personality, ther onw music, sound & style. & the result gives one of the most original thrash metal band. Created as a motion picture of a flim that doesnít exist, « Fake » is made of 12 different songs where the band explores various universe & creates various surroundings depending the right emotion they want to deliver. So, some songs remains aggressive when som eother ones are more atmospheric. But aggressive songs are no more Machine Head »s copy. The main progress facing the first album is undoubtless with the singer of the band. Instead of always screaming like on th debut album, he now adjusts his voice to each song : screaming vocals, spoken voice, sung voice, backing vocals. More diversified, this album can perhaps be described at the meeting of a the powerful side of power thrash like Machine Head with all emotions, subleties& originality than a band like Forlorn Emotion is able to create . The result sounds unique. Musically speaking, all musicians are faultless & a special motion can be given to Dirk whih is on eof the best thrash metal drummer. With songs like « Colors too bright » that delivers a magnificent emphasis, Artsonic attracts its audience to lead them to undiscovered countries where emotions take advantage with violence. Itís desesperatly beautiful & definitly attractive. And with the use of french lyrics on this song ( like another one on the album), Artsonic sublimes its origin & achieves the perfect album. Artsonic creates a prodigious second album that wonít be equalize before ages. A last word to add that this CD is like the first one a CD rom which includes some surprises, lyrics & cool other stuffs.

This band is the french revelation for the beginning of 1997. And it's not by accident. After 2 remarked demos (the last one was called "xenophobia"), Artsonic, which was created in 1992, signed with Lolita music a new french records company. The results is "Sonic Area". This album was recorded in Brussels (Belgium). As lolita music is at first a multimedia company, this album is also a CDrom where you find live tracks, animations, lyrics. This gait is innovative in France. With the help of its label, Artsonic profits by large media audience : interviews, reviews in national magazine, promo campaigns (with the help of fanzines, radios). A tour is also planned, from january to may 1997. Sonic Area is a real impressive debut CD. As the band has got professional conditions to work, there's no flaw in it. Sounds & production are really powerful. Artsonic uses lots of arrangements to enrich songs. The bands influences are close to Pantera, Biohazard. The riffing parts are really differents from each others, so you are able to differentiate each songs from each others. The drummer has got a real technical potential. He brings lots of subtleties in his game. The singer approachs differents registers. All these facets of Artsonic made music attractive & non boring. See the interview.


HEADSTRONG RELEASES :


FRAGMENT

Label : Headstrong records - Style :Loud thrash - Album : (Flux)

Web : http ://www.fragment.com - label E mail : headstrong@infonie.ch

Fragment is a 3 piece band that were created in 1995.One year later they released their first 7 Ďí called « fragment » ²& then they recorded with David Weber (Trponem Pal, Lofofora, Young Gods, ..) their 5 tracks EP called « Tronc ». This EP allowed them to be remarked . So, Headstrong records signed them & the band released in 1997 their first album in Sweden by Daniel Bergstrand ( Mesghuggah, Strapping Young Lad, Stuck Mojo, .. ;). Th eparticularity to this swiss band is to keep their lyrics in french. Framentís music is really particular. Fragment isounds really louder than a lot of heavy bands. This powerful sounds is really strenghtened by the really good french lyrics that essentially deals with all bad sentiments. Using french words give another dimension to this band & makes a lot to their originality. Sometimes it remains Oblivion with their album « Cybervoid » where one song were sung in french. The music of the band sounds really disturbing & unhealthy. Itís like a painting of horror climates where distress is described like poetry. The bitterness delivered here is sometimes bursted out by a kind of mechanical & loud music like for «vogue ». Fragment shows a tortured face & soul that never seem to be eradicate.


SLUDGE

Label : Headstrong records - Style : Doom - Album : The well

label E mail : headstrong@infonie.ch

Sludge came to earth in 1994 in Switzerland ; In 1995, the «íve gone to the famous Sunlight Studio to recor a 4 tracks Ep «Sweat Daisy ». This album were produced by the famous producer Tomas Skosberg ( which co produced too « The well »). Released worldwide (except for USA), the band were disappointed with the financial problems of thier record company. But in 1997, Sludge came back to Sweden to record their first album « The well » released by Headstrong. Then, the band get the opportunity to play with famous bands like Treponem Pal, Die Krupps ; Stuck Mojo, Entombed, Testament, Transport League, Machine Head, ...One of thier concert was played on a natioanl swiss TV channel. After a 20 dates tour in Switzerland, Sludge is ready to invade foregign countries like France. Sludge is extremely appreciated by XY (Samael) & Lee Dorian of Cathedral.

Sludge Ďs music is pure doom metal where melodies take a good place. Instead of playing only slow loud chords, Sludge enrichs its music with a lot melodies brought by guitars parts or by the singer. Thier singer uses « various voices », from melancholic but melodic one enriched with very good backing vocals toa kind of death metal voice. More melodic than brutal, Sludge creates melodies that remain deeply into your mind. Sludge develops 7 dark, depressive & hypnotic surroundings with weighty riffs. Theres also 2 cover versions. The first one is from Killing Joke & is called « We have joy ». It really sounds apocalyptic & inhuman. Second cover is the tittle Black Sabbath. One of the best cover of this song was made by Type o Negative, but Sludge achieves to give too a special color to this song. Instead of playing a carbon copy cover, Sluge makes different arrangments especially for vocals that are more « gothic ». The guitar sound is the most heavier ever heard for this song. Maybe heavier than Entombed has done before ! So, « The well » is definitly a convincing doom metal album. Maybe the kind of album which is able to satisfy as well those that appreciate melodic doom & those that prefer more aggressive doom.


HARE

Label : Headstrong records - Style : Heavy metal - Album : Nucleakarma

label E mail : headstrong@infonie.ch - Web : http://home.worldcom.ch/~lsmerigl/

Created in 1993, Hare Ďs goal was to play the most hypnotic, extreme music. The kind of metal which doesnít sound classical . Between 1994-95, the band played as often as possible & as far as possible. They toured in France, in Germany, ....In 1996, they released their selftittled debut album « Proud to be loud » & to promote it they toured in Switzerland ( about 30 dates) & played with bands like Sepultura, Rammstein, dog Eat Dog, Samael, ...this intensive promotion forced Music For nations to release worldwide this first album. Crowbar even took them to tour in Europe. « nuclearkarma » is the name of thier second album & Proud to be loud has been changed for Hare. In France, itís Lolita Music that releases this album ( like all Headstrongís catalog) & for Switzerland, itís EMI. . Itís difficult to give a label to Hare. Is it heavy metal ? It sounds like this but itís really different from what is used to be heard in this style. Is it thrash ? Not really even if guitars are really loud & if sometimes vocals are really powerful. The particularity of Hare is probably their singer. He gets a real charisma & he gets a very unique voice, between melodies & aggressivity. Music is really heavy & never speed. Hare can remain a more melodic version of bands like Crowbar or a thrash metal version of Alice in Chains. Their music is often described as « hypno-metal ». Theres absolutly this hypnotic side in Hare Ďs music. Between heaviness & emphasis ; the band distils a musical richness which leads it to a majestic beauty. Iís impossible to stay the same or to stay insensible while listening to this album .


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