Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009, a retrospective pt. 8


Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi Francor

This is an exceedingly difficult record to attempt to summarize, so I am going to try to be as direct as possible. Peste Noire is a black metal band. Many of the songs seem to be heavily inspired by french marching songs, and offer a weird combination of folk, black metal, propelled by weird circular, off-kilter thrashy guitar riffs and martial sounding drums. Their lead singer(Famine, who is also the mastermind behind this group) has a terrifying voice to seems to range from the croak of rotted vocal cords to the bellowed howls of the damned. Audrey Sylvain provides beautiful clean vocals on a couple songs. There is harmonica. There are plucked acoustic guitar parts. There is a part that sounds like the tape is being re-wound. There are interludes with bird song. None of this sounds out of place in the context of the album, but instead blends together to provide a constantly exciting listening experience that ends all far too soon.

A caveat. Famine appears to be an extremely unlikeable person with some fairly outlandish views(as seen in this interview). Some people may be used to this sort of nonsense, others may have less of a tolerance for it. It's also possible that he's just attempting to offend. I leave the decision with you.

Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Les Anemis De La France - De Francois Villon

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