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Pénitence Onirique – Vestige (LADLO Productions)

Looking up this French atmospheric black metal act online there are striking shots of them playing live wearing strange pagan like gold masks that are certainly interesting aesthetically. Far removed from the one-man solitary figure found in much of the… Continue Reading →

Hypno5e – A Distant Dark Source (Pelagic Records)

French Cinematographic metal? I feel like I should be wearing a black polo neck and smoking a Gitanes.  This quartet hail from Montpellier not the back streets of Paris and have been crafting their blend of prog, extreme metal and soundtrack… Continue Reading →

Nocturnal Depression – Tides of Despair (Sun & Moon Records)

Nocturnal Depression were formed in 2004 and since their inception this French black metal horde have released 8 full length albums and a massive 5 demos and 8 split efforts, with an array of comrades such as Funeral Rip, Wedard,… Continue Reading →

KingCrown – A Perfect World (Rock Of Angels Records)

KingCrown (as they seem to favour their name being written rather than Kingcrown or King Crown) are a French Heavy/Power Metal band with plenty of experience, talent and maturity in their ranks. They released an album as Öblivïon a couple… Continue Reading →

Asphodèle – Jours Pâles (Ladlo Productions)

The flowers of Asphodèle may have only just bloomed but one look at the cast list of this brand-new French band was all I needed to grab the album and put it on my review pile. For a start we… Continue Reading →

Mur – Brutalism (LADLO)

From the admirable Les Acteurs de l’Ombre label come the band Mur. This is the band’s second album. It is described as “an album with a hardcore organic atmosphere tinted with rough and dynamic post-black metal”. The opener and evocatively… Continue Reading →

Les Chants Du Hasard – Livre Second (I, Voidhanger Records)

While I really enjoyed the début from Les Chants Du Hasard in 2017, I must say that this second album completely blows it out of the water. The orchestral music is more symphonic and grandiose but also a lot darker… Continue Reading →

Wolok – Fading Mirth & Dry Heaves (Death Knell Productions)

Frankly everything about French band Wolok seems a bit fucked up and not just the music either. The trio’s 3rd full length turned up here with a page of what could well be lyrics with letters missed out all through… Continue Reading →

Uneven Structure – Paragon (Longbranch/SPV)

One of the things that we, as heavy rock/metal music fans, often enjoy is the dense sea of different genres that encompass the music we love. There seems not to be a niche untouched, a style not overturned, an approach… Continue Reading →

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO Productions)

Avant progressive black metal is the style. Literary and philosophic concepts are the themes purveyed by this French band. A high-pitched riff, pounding drums and harsh vocals provide an interesting mix. That’s before the epic chorus of the opening title… Continue Reading →

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