Monday, June 26, 2017

Bullet Ratings #3

  • Abkehr – In Asche (EP) [6.0]
  • Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten [6.0]
  • Dawn of Ashes - Daemonolatry Gnosis [6.5]
  • Death Fortress - Triumph of the Undying [7.0]
  • Heresiarch - Death Ordinance [7.0]
  • Impetuous Ritual - Blight Upon Martyred Sentience [3.0]
  • Rimruna - Der Hatz Entronnen [5.0]
  • Slægt - Domus Mysterium [6.0]
  • Subjugation - Caustic Visions [5.0]
  • Time Lurker – Time Lurker [5.75]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Turning ten: Peste Noire - Folkfuck Folie

Track listing:
1. L'envol du grabataire (ode à Famine)
2. Chute pour une culbute
3. La fin del secle
4. D'un vilain
5. Condamné à la pondaison (légende funèbre)
6. La césarienne
7. Maleiçon
8. Amour ne m'amoit ne je li
9. Psaume IV
10. Extrait radiophonique d'Antonin Artaud
11. Folkfuck Folie
12. Paysage mauvais

A few words:
After an exceptional debut in 2006, Peste Noire released an EP named Lorraine Rehearsal in 2007, a few months before their second record Folkfuck Folie. This is important for two reasons: first, all the tracks in that EP are awesome, and second, the tracks were also in the full length. Neige of Alcest is indeed included in the line up and the artwork has been done by no other than Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets), known for his works in post-black and post-rock in general. And of course, Audrey Sylvain also does some backing vocals in "Amour Ne M'amoit Ne Je Li". She later was the female singer in 2009's Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor.

I may be the only one who first got really into Folkfuck Folie and then the rest of PN's discography. It has the signature black metal execution of Famine, it's the definition of a filthy sound and in my opinion, has some of the band's classics like "Maleicon", "Chute Pour Une Culbute"  and "D'un Vilain". After all, isn't the last number "Paysage mauvais" one of the fastest and most kickass Peste Noire tracks ever? 

The vocals are a bit distant and under-recorded, but I think that's a problem of the shitty production and not from actual powerlessness of Famine's voice. Peste Noire display classic black metal patterns here with respect to the 90's French scene as well as Burzum, not totally alienated from their first album. The transformation truly began with Ballade... and naturally, there is always a bit of classic rock'n'roll somewhere in a Peste Noire record.

I don't want to speak very much about Famine's piss soaked lyrics. There are references to poets and writers, talks about his personal life and his love for the medieval times is apparent. Lyrics with translations can be read in Black Ivory Tower's post. Despite the constroversy Peste Noire raises, it would be dumb to deny their musical quality, as they are one of the most authentic black metal acts today. Their personal, dirty, scourging sound says a lot as well. 

Highlights: Maleicon, Paysage Mauvais, Chute Pour Une Culbute

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bullet Ratings #2

  • Azaxul – The Saints Impaled [6.0]
  • Birth Of Depravity - From Obscure Domains [6.25]
  • Blaze Of Sorrow – Astri [5.0]
  • Father Befouled – Desolate Gods [7.5]
  • Goatwhore - Vengeful Ascension [4.0]
  • Hades Rising – Hades Rising [7.0]
  • Maim - Ornaments of Severity [4.5]
  • Neige et Noirceur – Verglapolis [5.0]
  • Nyctophilia - Dwelling In The Fullmoon Light [5.5]
  • Ofermod – Sol Nox [6.25]
  • Rebirth of Nefast – Tabernaculum [6.5]
  • Solbrud – Vemod [5.5]
  • Svarti Loghin - Mörk Energi [4.0]
  • Svartsyn – In Death [8.5]
  • Thy Legion – World Stigmata [0.5] /fuckingshit/

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Svartsyn - In Death

The gates of hell have been opened.

Track listing:
1. Seven Headed Snake 
2. Dark Prophet 
3. With Death 
4. Inside the White Mask
5. Wilderness of the Soul 
6. Black Thrones of Death 
7. Exile in Death

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Bullet Ratings #1

  • (Dolch) - An Den Mond (EP) [6.0]
  • Acherontas - Amarta (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification Part II) [6.0]
  • Druid - Cill Dara (EP) [6.0]
  • Hermóðr – Hädanfärd [3.5]
  • Horrid - Beyond The Dark Border [4.0]
  • Jordablod - Upon My Cremation Pyre [6.5]
  • Khashm - Asmodeus Rising [3.0]
  • Nargaroth – Era of Threnody [5.0]
  • Occvlta - Night Without End [2.5]
  • Sunken – Departure [7.5]
  • Tankard - One Foot in the Grave [5.75]
  • Triumvir Foul – Spiritual Bloodshed [6.5]
  • Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Keziah Lilith Medea [6.5]
  • Vallenfyre - Fear Those Who Fear Him [6.75]
  • Whoredom Rife – Dommedagskvad [6.0]

Friday, June 02, 2017

Regurgitate Life - Obliteration of the Self

Origin: UK
Year: 2017

Member of the World Misleading Covers Party.

A great record with unexpected turns.