Thursday, March 27, 2014

Smohalla - Résilience (2011)

Unorthodox, industrial-tinged French black metal. Smohalla's sound is chaotic and cerebral -- a densely layered cacophony of guitars, multi-faceted keyboards, and vocals that range from low growls to high-pitched shrieks to reverb-y clean singing. Same school of black metal as their fellow countrymen Blut Aus Nord, but their sound is their own. It's a diverse set of highly intricate songs, and though you may immediately find Résilience to be rewarding, it will probably take you a few listens to really get your head around it.

Track listing:
1. Quasar
2. Au Sol les Toges Vides
3. Le Repos du Lézard
4. Oracle Rouge
5. Marche Silencieuse
6. L'Homme et la Brume
7. Aux Mille Dieux
8. Nos Sages Divisent

Astral cynicism