Anybody remember the Canadian black metal band Hellébore that I wrote about a while back? That cassette was really neat and left me wanting for more, but noting new seemed to spring forth from them. Until that fateful day when I came across Mr. V from the French experimental un-orthodox black metal project Organisation Calvaire, who whispered softly about an amalgamation of old and new ways of the dark sonic arts. And now the time is here to finally hear what that most unholy of collaborations has begotten!
The A side of the spit is the track from Hellébore and it is very much what I hoped for! A nice dark atmosphere and the more old-school, lo-fi sound that I usually connect with black metal. A call back to the abysmal and brooding sounds of the Scandinavian BM from the ’00. The track, Viendront de Douces Pluies, evokes that classical ambiance without directly sounding the same, which I think is a very good feat! The song structure is good and the overall flow is great. The drums melts together with the background soundscape and the melodies are haunting! This track is a strong contender for the best BM track of 2016 to me! Good show.
The B side, on the flip side, takes a very different approach. Organisation Calvaire‘s track Le Dernier Hiver has that very distinct “modern French BM” that I talked about in my other review of their previous record. Clean and clear production, dynamic and playful drums and a very energetic pace, is night and day compared to side A. Clean vocals and growls take turns and fortunately the singer pulls it off. While it is much more ‘modern’ and wholly un-orthodox I still think this is a great song and it manages to go well with Hellébore’s track.
It’s really remarkable to me how a genre that is so particular with how the sound should be, can spawn two very different songs in both feel and sound, and yet both still have the “core” of what black metal is to me! And that is just why Black Metal is one of my favorite genres.