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ARS MORIENDI - La Singuliere Noirceur d'un Astre - CD - Archaic Sound - 2014

Instrumentally, this is quite an amazing album. Although not terribly original, this French man's third CD (not counting the demos) is extremely elaborated, atmospheric, and even playful in a good way (depression doesn't necessarily need to be lifeless). Artists will understand this.

It's a combination of driving rhythms, pensive moments, surreal sounds, chants, intricate parts and simple, honest parts. And even if La Singulière Noirceur d'un Astre mostly sounds quite straightforward, with no crazy breaks or memorable mental hooks, it gradually reveals itself into a monster of a story. Life, death, religion, hope, misery, defeat, darkness and glimpses of light, just to trick you.

Ars Moriendi almost made a classic black metal album. Almost, were it not for a few things. First, the vocals - the gargled growls are just not interesting, and even though the lyrics in the booklet (very nice otherwise, with plenty of old-times Black Metal mysticism) seem short, the guy is everywhere. Where there could have been a great, powerful crescendo, a gust of emotions, we get more growls. It's not always the case, but it's enough to make the listener wonder whether the next great moment will come accompanied by an "arrggghhh" or will it be allowed to breathe and fly on its own. Almost any other black metal vocal style would have been better than this. The other objection would be the occasional guitar solos doing the same thing as the vocals - spreading all over, and ruining the magic. Sometimes more is less. (7/10)

 

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