Saturday 27 March 2021

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel - Polaris (Album Review)

Release date: April 2nd 2021. Label: Klonosphere/Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Polaris – Tracklisting

2.Blood-Planet Child 
3.Dark Matter
4.Blue Giant
5.The Plague
6.Alpha Ursae Minoris
8.The Key
10.The Great Filte


Nicolas Foucaud / Vocals and Guitars
Daniel Scherding / Vocals and Keyboards
Katia Jacob / Vocals, bass and Keyboards
Gregory Hiltenbrand / Drums and percussions
Romain Reichhart / Guitars 

Additional Musician: RĂ©mi Gettliffe / Vocals, Keyboards and tambourine


Polaris is the new album from French Stoner Rockers Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel (LDDSM) and it’s their first album in 4.5 years since their acclaimed last album Human Collapse. This album sees LDDSM move away from their darker Sludge/Stoner Metal sound they played on their last two albums and play a more modern Progressive Psychedelic Rock sound that’s directly influenced by modern-day Baroness and flashes of Pink Floyd. It’s more cinematic and may take some time for long-time fans to get behind this new style of music found on the album. 

Polaris is a deeply rich and engrossing affair with a high amount of Psychedelic grooves behind it. The old “LDDSM” magic is still there but it’s been replaced by a “Post-Rock/Post-Metal” flavour.

The opening song :-:o-: offers nothing much. Just 13 seconds of abstract noises and beats before the album really starts with the excellent song – Blood Planet Child. It’s a flashy style of music with LDDSM operating a fast-paced Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal style with twinges of Experimental Rock you would associate with Baroness. The lyrics are superb with the excellent vocals allowing LDDSM starting to impress with their new found style of music.

Third song – Blue Giant – is pure Space Rock/Prog Rock riff-worship with the trippy Post-Rock elements settling down quite well and allowing LDDSM performing one of the standout songs on the record which does see the band play a song that could have easily came off their last two albums. The atmosphere does have a TOOL-esque quality to it before a modern “Metallic” aesthetic allows the band to play some interesting guitar solos towards the end of the song.

LDDSM run away with their strange and equally addictive hybrid style of Stoner Metal, Psych Rock, Prog Rock and Post-Rock. The band add different audio elements to their music which allows the more mellower moments have progressive themes and ideas behind them.

Standout songs include: Blue Giant, The Plague, Earthrise, The Key and Horizon.

LDDSM never make the same album twice and all their releases have been drastically different to each other and Polaris is vastly different to Human Collapse. Though, the band have made the right creative choices for this album. Polaris is a refreshingly bold and cinematic experience that maybe only LDDSM could pull off.

I will admit I still prefer Arcane and Human Collapse to this Polaris but I still believe this is another excellent and exciting release for LDDSM to add to their already impressive discography.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Viral Propaganda PR for the promo. Polaris will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Klonosphere and Ripple Music from April 2nd 2021.