Thursday, November 17, 2011

Neige et Noirceur - 'Hymnes de la Montagne Noire' (2011) [Sepulchral Productions]

Best album cover of 2011?
...I sincerely feel bad for any black metal listener who has not yet listened to Neige et Noirceur.

The project's brand of oddities, perfectly-fitting synth passages, and always-appropriate production styles blend together to make for a texture of music that can be called upon on any occasion. This album is no exception.

With probably the most interesting vocals I have heard since the last Blackdeath album, as well as unpredictable guitar work that will make you want to put the album on repeat, this album is taking the project into a forward-charging territory. Neige et Noirceur is sure to become one of the fore-runners of where I believe the genre needs to go. This isn't 'post-black-metal', and it also is not 'primitive black metal'. This is just pure, dark, strange, and obscure music for those who form their own path.

One thing I cannot get over in this album is the absolutely spotless blending and marriage of all the different sound textures. It is seldom that I can say that any passage in this album sounds mismatched or out of place. This is probably the most fascinating thing about this album... its ability to be unpredictable, yet make absolute sense. It sounds familiar, yet new. It is actually quite refreshing to listen to, which, after the week I have had, is doing quite a lot for me.
That, and it just sounds so darn good anyway.

I'm going to be listening to this one for a while. I tip my hat to you, Neige et Noirceur.


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