An austere and majestic journey through the world of folk-inspired black metal.
Bearing down upon your being like some looming catastrophe that lingers in the back of your brain, this split takes the shape of an oppressive, recurring nightmare that subconsciously gnaws through your sanity without you even realising.
Although I have always been a fan of ‘shoe-gaze’ and ‘post’ styles of black metal, Alcest’s recent release leaves me thoroughly wanting.
A cold yet bewitching adventure. Do not expect to come out of it unscathed.
The layerings of melodic delays, reverbs, and filters blend together into a musical cocktail that is undeniably beautiful and lulls the listener into a dream-like state.
Frenetically visceral, unrelenting, and full of atmosphere.
Following in the footsteps of giants.
Tool seems less interested in “pushing the envelope” and more concerned with creating a musical journey.
Welcome to dying.
Patterns in Mythology outlines grand dips and swells, the balance always shifting between light and dark; a maelstrom of dissonance and harmony.
What starts off sounding unique ends up melding into a memory of every melodic death metal album I’ve ever heard.
What sets Les Grandes Compagnies apart is its timbre. The sonic quality of the music, its overall texture, is so much more welcoming than the slicing distortion and overpowering drums (and sometimes terrible mixing) that are generally indicative of a traditional black metal album.