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Peste Noire got on my radar because their music seems to offer a new outlook on black metal. This LP is sadly more common over on US soil than any of their full lengths so I figure I would give this a couple turns. To my surprise (considering the words “hooligan black metal” on the back) this is a very impressive album and this band obviously knows what they're doing.
Side A: (The B Side was recorded at a different time, so Ill get to it later.)
The album opens with a slow into and a very catchy riff, then the track speeds up and the album gets going. The riffs are very obscure. They remind a little of the riffs on the new Deathspell Omega disc, but they have there own unique raw feel to them that sets them apart. Bass lines are similar in nature; very mesmerizing throughout the entire side and the second track even has a bass line intro, which was very surprising considering how little the instrument is used in black metal.
Winterhalter does a good job behind the drum kit. No constant blasting, yet the drums are very fast paced once this thing gets going. The vocals are pretty traditional for black metal. No chanting or anything, just a nice shrill rasp that helps add to the obvious traditional feel the band says they were going for.
This 20 minute epic is really the only reason one should need to purchase this. The entire song has a varied experimental feel to it, and is way more enjoyable then the tracks on Side A. The production on this side actually sounds like a rehearsal recording (compared to the previous side), and really has much more of a raw feeling to it.
Musically, this song has so many moods and changes to it that I lost count. It starts out with a sample, then explodes into full force blasting before calming down again. Then after the first couple vocal lines the song begins its long trip through several different sounding quiet parts and various atmospheres. The clearer parts have a much cleaner production to them than the more violent parts. Additionally they in cooperated several samples into the mix mostly consisting of a public speech (all in French) and chanting.
Peste Noire really shows forth some impressive work on this. Their blend of epic melodic song structures, traditional black metal and experimental riffs is very interesting and I figure it's time I started looking overseas for their full lengths.