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Sizzle “Natural Elements”

The Ceiling (Ca.) webpromo, Winter 2001 :
The follow-up to LTDA finds Sizzle compacting the experiments into easier bite-sized pieces. Catchy, moody, yet nonetheless very strange, Natural Elements may be the best place to start with this French group.

Metamorphic Journeyman (Bel.) e-mag, June 2002 :
When I first put this CDR on, I almost groaned at the opening piece – a plodding, ponderous piece of music which should have heralded the most dire of post-New Wave Art efforts. Thankfully however, this was merely a ruse to throw the listener off the true scent. For when SIZZLE fade the slowed to drugged dreamstate voice in, with rich warm bass, shimmering metal-coloured sequencer and harmonic layered keyboards, the true journey through this changeable wonderland begins in earnest.After the cumbersome opening, you might wonder if NICK BULLEN had not signed his divorce papers in the blood from that beer glass, this track may indeed have been where post – “Evanescence” SCORN may have been heading – less intense in structure, with a strong Jazzy undercurrent and a hypnotic insistance.From here the journey heads into machine-like Industrial loops which manage to blend the harsh with deep sonics to make this by turns cold & harsh, and seductively passive. There are definite moments where HAMPSON’s MAIN seem to be present in spirit – a sense of imminent change – a potent potential hangs in the air – the possibility of sudden change taking us to new and exciting places.SIZZLE take us on an odyssey of the imagination – unafraid to blend machine-logic with warmth of layered instruments, they come up with a music which transmutes from beligerant intensity to a lulling calm. More often than not this is rather simplistic, reducing the composition to one core sound which is nevertheless complex within itself.

Red Neon website (Be.), February 2004 :
Here is a perfect example of an album unacheived : there are good ideas but there is too much times when you said to yourself, that nothing’s hapening. A new and rerecorded version can be interesting. Sounds and concepts are interesting but i must say i didn’t like it in it’s actual format.