3 New Albums from Sepulchral Productions

Canadian metal label Sepulchral Productions has just recently put out three great new albums. This first one is a gem by the Quebecois ambient black metal trio Forteresse, and the album is called Par Hauts Bois et Vastes Plaines. This translates as By High Wood and Vast Plains, if that matters to you at all. This is an album of slow, majestic, and ethereal black metal that will chill you to the core. It is beautiful, haunting, and altogether moving. The keys aren't overstated or saturating, but they play a prominent role that maintains the cold atmosphere of this recording. Perhaps their best yet.

Speaking of cold... and misanthropic and hateful... here's the new album from Swiss one-man black metal band Borgne. Bornyhake  is also at the top if his game, here, taking all the varying elements that made previous Borgne efforts so memorable and putting them down on one disc.It's not terribly groundbreaking, but that's not really the point. The point is that the songs are very good, and expertly communicate that frigid, reclusive vibe that Borgne is known for.  Well worth grabbing.

Last, but by no means least, the latest album from Neige et Noirceur (which means "snow and blackness," in case you were curious). This is a phenomenal record from a band that seems to only put out unreasonably good music. The sound on this album is more varied than that found on the previous Neige et Noirceur releases, but still has that sprawling, epic feel that one encounters in the middle of a barren, snowy field during a midwinter blizzard. It's really a remarkable achievement; other bands that produce this style of music can often be boring and rather plain, but that's not the case here. The album is very interesting from beginning to end.

All three of these albums should find their ways into your collections, and I think I can reasonably assure you that once you do pick them up, they will spend considerable time in your CD players.  Order all of them now at Sepulchral Productions.

1 comment:

Tr00 Nate said...

The new Forteresse sucks. The ambient approach does not suit them at all. It sounds like they really want to be Lustre, but not nearly as rich or layered..