Formed in 1998 near Lyon, France, Kemet (archaic name for Egypt) began life as a doom band thatd rifted into pop. The band soon issued a demo called Pieces before obtaining a deal with the French Deadsun label. The band then switched to Thundering Records.
KEMET - DYING WITH ELEGANCE - DEADSUN
For various reasons I had assumed Deadsun to be a pure-play death metal label. Kemet proves me wrong. A fledgling French formation, Kemet follow up their demo MCD with their intriguingly entitled debut Dying With Elegance. Very melancholy and of interest to the romantics of the rock scene; a la what the likes of Paradise Lost may have produced, the album takes on a Voltarian air mixing French and English lyrics, a motif of death and a wholly saddened outlook. It's cleanly produced and something a little out of the ordinary. Kemet: named after the lonesome desert. - Ali "The Metallian"
KEMET – THE RULES OF EQUILIBRIUM – PERVADE
It is not difficult to imagine that Kemet has put a lot of work and imagination into creating what it calls “the original soundtrack to the last days of Sam Grey.” The varied and multi-sonic album takes a tour through different soundscapes and motley vibrations that is a telltale of labour and patience. Those qualities, however, are what the listener needs to have in common with the band before The Rules Of Equilibrium becomes enjoyable.
The album mixes pop sensibility and sound, balladry, progressive touches and atmospheric sounds through melodies, commercial vocals, layers of instrumentation and arrangement, strumming and acoustic guitars. The harder parts are just barely there, while the French beatnik beats and superficial catchy segments collide with the notion of rock, let alone hard rock and metal. The French song Soeur De Sang is there because the band is a mixologist’s completist. The rapping on Saturday Night Sinner is there because one needs concrete talking points of why the album is plain bad.
Kemet needs appreciation for the effort it has put into this album. It is neither generic nor predictable – even if the band’s description of it as ‘spleen metal’ sounds so odd. As a fan of the fine art of heavy metal though, this thing blows a wimpy load the size of Nicolas Sarkozy narcissistic ego. – Ali “The Metallian”