Review by Sloof

Well, it took a while as I needed some time with this band and album. Irradiance was totally unknown, and after a first spin of their debut album ‘Dissidence’ it was obvious that this release was directing me towards a crossroad. Do I like it? Is it good? How about the musical talents? So, I decided to follow my heart and give this band another spin, and another spin, for days, in fact for more than one week. I’m still in limbo, but my personal belief is growing. This band is a hard nut to crack as they deliver something totally unknown, something totally different compared with the nowadays releases.


The band was formed in January 2014 in France by Audrey (Vocals) and Stéphane (Keyboards) and originality was going to be the key word. Directed by a strong link to metal, Irradiance do not hesitate to blend diverse influences like Jazz to Tribal music to create a certain atmosphere, a certain originality. Since December 2015, the debut album is available in the stores, and the band already supported this release by gigs in Belgium (Diest – Moonlight Music Hall, Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest, Mons and Tournai) and their own region! Now it’s time to get their music to the crowd and if they manage to have a great sound while performing live, I’m sure that they are capable to surprise the people. Irradiance is original, véry original, and deserves to get your attention as well.


The album opens with some violin (by Alexandra) in the song ‘Children’s Game’, and when the other members join, we get a song that has Epica influences and vibe. Some choirs of Christian brothers and priests add extra atmosphere to the overall sound, and they interact very well with the female vocals of Audrey. ‘The Soldier And The Child’ continues with the same pace and power but perhaps the vocals of Audrey are too high. It’s all in the brink of exaggeration…


The whole band breathes a constant opera feeling and while bombast is taking place in ‘Theorists Of The Void’ we hear very nice male vocals that alternate. ‘Until The Last One’ offers a lot! The arrangement is done very well, there is a high pace present and all instruments are perfectly in balance. Nice job by Lasse Lammert at LSD Studio (located in Lübeck, Germany) who worked with bands like Alestorm, Halcyon Way and Teramaze before. There is so much happening that I have to express praise to all members, as it defines their quality without exception.


The second half of ‘All My Days’ contains a very slow down passage and where they exuberantly express their passion for different styles of music as well. ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ takes us a step further in their musical exploration as there are Jazz and Fusion elements which evokes a feeling like being in a nightclub where a woman with boa and necklet and a long cigarette and a gibus or silk hat is entertaining the male audience. Very special, very original as well. The best songs on this debut are ‘Her Cold Decision’ and ‘Vain Bravery’ where the pace is increasing and where a little aggression is present as well.


I must admit that Irradiance surprised me all the way! They are original and conscientiously and deliver a very high quality standard! Those that want to broaden their horizon should take a listen to this French newcomer, as they have the power and chemistry to go all the way!


My rating: 80 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish