Shaping The Random
Shaping The Random is released in June 2000 in 1000 copies, to critical acclaim. Often positively compared to the biggest names of the genre, flattering qualifiers rain down: “incredible”, “impressive”, “essential”, “surprisingly mature”, or even “pushing the boundaries of the genre”. Doors open and the prospect of a bright future is felt.
Switching Rethorics split with Merzbow
The group records four songs in the summer of 2001, still with Serge Morattel. While the first three tracks remain broadly in line with the previous record, the last track expresses new ambitions: much longer, more experimental, and above all more repetitive, “To Further Confines” clearly stands out from the first three tracks and augurs well for new possibilities.
The seven-track CD called Switching Rhetorics, with a circulation of 2000 copies, including a limited version in a handmade metal packaging produced to 100 copies, is released the following fall, to an ever-enthusiastic critical reception. No tour this time, the group gives a few concerts but prefers to concentrate on new compositions, although this phase is not very productive. Shora is in a transition phase, its members are afraid of repeating themselves. Two new tracks emerge from this phase, in which noise-rock influences and a much more melodic bent can be heard, yet still far from what was going to be the album Malval.