Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Vae Victis
(Brennus BR 8020.AR, 1997, CD)

Various Artists — Vae Victis II
(Brennus BR 8040.AR, 1998, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2000-05-01

Vae Victis Cover artVae Victis II Cover art

So here are two samplers chock full of French hard rock and heavy metal. Why should you care? Well, I guess cuz it comes from Musea’s hard rock offshoot label, Brennus. But then again, a quick listen to some of the tracks on these two discs and the question becomes again: why should you care? With few exceptions, most of these songs represent all that progressive and experimental music fans detest about biker-rock and heavy metal: the relentless boom-bash percussion, the screeching singers, the gratuitously flashy guitarists – it’s all here in droves along with bad French singing and poor production values to top it off! Other than solid guitar instrumentals from Cyrille Achard and Chris Savourey, Vae Victis fails to inspire the slightest bit of interest and is in many places downright humorous in a Spinal Tap sorta way. Song titles like “We Love Gas,” “L’hôtesse de l’air” (a song about stewardesses I think), “Roll the Dice,” and “Spleen City” ought to give you a clue about what I mean. Vae Victis II actually redeems the pair to some degree with a higher level of quality overall and a much more honest and genuinely energetic stable of songs. Unfortunately, though, what few good hard rock bands there are here will still find little space in my CD collection. There may indeed be a sizeable audience in Europe for metal in the Quiet Riot, Scorpions, and Iron Maiden mold, but for the general readers of Exposé, my advice is to steer very clear of these discs.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 19, 1997 releases, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Various Artists, Chris Savourey

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Time Control – Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara's previous releases have all borne the name "Hiromi" and basically consisted of her standing trio with bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. Guitarist...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues