The New Music Thread : The North Edition

March 31, 2021 05:50 AM

Yeah I've given "Le tyran et l'esthète" four full spins over the last couple of days & I really dig it. I'm not generally too keen on any release that commands a subgenre tag with the word "melodic" in front of it & there is some stuff here that's a little too melodically inclined for my taste to be fair but Les Chants de Nihil always manage to keep me interested through sheer chaotic violence. I mean this is blasting as fuck for a record that's being labelled as melodic but the band have somehow managed to find a beautiful balance between melody & brutality that means that the tag still seems to fit. The black metal vocals have real anger & spite in them & they suit the music well while the drumming is spectacular & represents the clear highlight of the album. In fact, bands like these guys & Deathspell Omega leave me wondering how the French manage to produce such consistent talent in this regard.

I'm not much of a fan of the chanting vocals to be honest but that won't surprise people that know me well. They're inevitably the weakest moments on the album to my ears. The tracklisting also could have been a little more consistent too but there are no genuinely weak tracks & the couple of clear highlight tracks are particularly impressive. I mean find me a better modern black metal track than "Danse des mort-nés" & you'll be doing well. It harnesses all of the things that made the Norwegians so great in black metal's heyday. 

This is some high quality black metal right here & Ben will definitely love it. Thanks a lot for the tip Sonny.


April 04, 2021 01:27 PM

Another great album from Andy Marshall (Saor), his second under is Fuath alter-ego.

Also, I'm a bit late to this one, it being released in early February, but this is a fantastic black metal album that tells the story of the Battle of the Wabash, a massive victory for the Western Confederacy of Native Americans against the American Army in 1791.

April 04, 2021 02:08 PM

I've put together a Spotify playlist of tracks from my favourite black metal albums of the year to date (although I couldn't access the Pan-Amerikan Native Front album unfortunately, so i've had to give it a miss).

Black Metal of 2021 playlist

April 04, 2021 07:25 PM

I've really been enjoying Little Turtle's War this year, consistently been going back to it for the past month or so. Has a great theme and some great songwriting. 

And I didn't know that Saor had a separate project, looks like I have some stuff to catch up on. 

April 05, 2021 06:45 PM

I'm starting to feel a bit spoiled by black metal releases this year. This weekend has seen another terrific album released.

This time it's a band fairly local to me and a band I feel are heavily underrated - Manchester's Wode with their Burn in Many Mirrors album.