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French Alps Capital, Grenoble is a city whose history runs for millennia, all the way back to Gauls. Located at the foot of huge plateaus, between Vercors and Chartreuse, its landscapes are breathtaking and always have inspired artists. It’s with these premises in mind that we need to address French band Aldaaron, originating from Isère. Strongly inspired by Immortal and Taake (also referring to Sorcier des Glaces, well known in our cold regions), the quartet offers us a good cold black metal with their second album called Suprême Silence. Listening to it allows us to almost feel the gusts of wind that sweep the frozen snow-capped peaks. In this summer marked by endless heat wave, that’s more than welcome.
Working in the fairly saturated pagan black metal registry, Aldaaron beautifully stands out with this excellent album. Effective from beginning to end, band takes us on an epic trek starting gently with Renegade, with an acoustic guitar intro accompanied by a slight breeze, before throwing blasts and decibels. Moods are built with high notes guitar arpeggios, supported by a second guitar and a solid drumming. Keyboards are used to add atmospheric elements, but never take precedence over other instruments. Title track is the best example, with its vaporous introduction, followed by a long harmonic – often brutal – development. However, beyond these more technical aspects, it is the interpretation that gives this album its truly special touch. One experiences an emergency, anger too often absent in many groups of dark metal. This gives the songs a dirty side, almost wild, which is perfect for this musical style. I think it’s also important to note that all texts are written in French only, a fairly rare phenomenon among our illustrious cousins, which generally choose English. This gives the songs a more authentic aspect to anyone who shares our wonderful language.
Discover a talented group is unquestionably one of the things I like most about my endless quest at the edges of the black metal continent. I admit I was pleasantly surprised by an album unearthed almost by chance. Suprême Silence, which ends with howling blizzards reminiscent of the Alps, takes the listener into a careless and cold world without any mercy. You have been warned. 8/10
Originally written for Métal Obscur.