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Rottenrectum
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:10 pm 
 

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate section for this but here goes. Yesterday I decided to check out Blut Aus Nord's latest album. I'm not a black metal fan but that album really appealed to me. So I checked out Deathspell Omega latest as well. Both had a very distinct style I've never heard in black metal before. To me they sound very sophisticated and original.

Is the rest of the French scene like this? Or are there any bands from other scenes who are similar?

I'm a black metal newbie so any recommendations are welcome.
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PeterNorth
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:54 pm 
 

The french black metal scene has alot of variety, if you take a look at bands like Peste Noire who plays very raw black metal with a great use of solos and others band like Alcest/Amesoeurs, who plays a mix of shoegaze/black metal are completely different and unique, indeed. If you think you're enough open minded, than i'd recommend you these bands because not everyone can get into them.

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brightfield
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:04 pm 
 

The best stuff I've heard is from Les Légions Noires (Black Legions) in the early 90's. It's well worth tracking down these recordings.
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Twin_guitar_attack
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:55 pm 
 

malleus malificarum is fucking awesome

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creepingdoom
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Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:34 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:02 pm 
 

dude anorexia nervosa is the epitome of frenchy black metal. they look french, sound french, and KICK ASS. their album new obscurantis order is fast paced and production is sweet.

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Rottenrectum
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:13 pm 
 

creepingdoom wrote:
dude anorexia nervosa is the epitome of frenchy black metal. they look french, sound french, and KICK ASS. their album new obscurantis order is fast paced and production is sweet.

I've been under the impression they are a keyboard-wanking Dimmu Borgir clone. Maybe I've been wrong...
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creepingdoom
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:16 pm 
 

Rottenrectum wrote:
creepingdoom wrote:
dude anorexia nervosa is the epitome of frenchy black metal. they look french, sound french, and KICK ASS. their album new obscurantis order is fast paced and production is sweet.

I've been under the impression they are a keyboard-wanking Dimmu Borgir clone. Maybe I've been wrong...


cant be wrong until youve heard them, then you'll know

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HugeTheConqueror
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:42 pm 
 

I am not a big BM fan, but one Black Metal band from France that I do enjoy is Seth. Their debut "Les Blessures de l'Ame" is pretty good.

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Weerwolf
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Joined: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:19 am
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Location: Belgium
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:14 pm 
 

Try the following:

Epheles - Souviens-Toi
http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=1174 (ignore the bad review and try it out for yourself, it's stunning material)

Nehemah - Light of a Dead Star
http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=2574

Elhaz - Malemort
http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=131542

Slow black metal with the emphasis on atmosphere created by the prominently present bass guitar.

Deathspell Omega - Inquisitors of Satan
http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=10927

Recent Deathspell Omega does very little for me, but this is some great stuff. A true rifffest!

There are more, but these are already mandatory for supporters of the french scene.

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ThrashingMad
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:46 pm 
 

I guess you could try SVEST, people often compare them to DSO though I really don't know why. I guess you could say they both have a obscured, "psychedelic" (I hate using that term) atmosphere, but achieve it in much different ways. Their music is very dissonant and noisy, harsh static is omnipresent, however the riffing is more Norse based, though very atonal. The biggest difference though is that they don't suck like DSO.

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Trashy_Rambo
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:37 pm 
 

If you're into ambient, Pensees Nocturnes' Vacuum is quite chilling.

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Perplexed_Sjel
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Joined: Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:33 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:50 pm 
 

Twin_guitar_attack wrote:
malleus malificarum is fucking awesome


Very underrated band. 'Des Bibles, Des Hymnes, Des Icônes...' is a pretty spectacular album.

Most scenes tend to have an overriding sound, but it isn't utilised by all bands. I've often thought of DSO as vastly overrated. France does have a very strong scene though - its like Canada in a way. Smaller appeal than places like Germany, but still very strong roots and often overlooked.

It has a nice wide range of bands. From Celtic influenced black metal bands like Aes Dana, to the bone crunching style of bands like Sacrificia Mortuorum on albums like 'Maturum Est'. Very diverse.

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Nintendevil
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:45 pm 
 

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