|Review: Paydretz - Chroniques de l'insurrection|
|Chroniques de l'insurrection|
Label: Antiq Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: December 25, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Chroniques de l'insurrection
Rated 4.75/5 (95%) (8 Votes)
This is the debut for French band Paydretz, who have a strange name that is a reference to the rebels in the Guerre de Vendée in the 1790s in the west of France. This was a war that started as a grassroots revolt and later fractured and ended up with massacres committed by the then-government in order to put it down with brutal force. The album itself is a chronicle of the war, largely forgotten outside France but an integral part of the history of the region.
Musically this is varied and powerful Black Metal with strong folk influences and elements. I am reminded of Belenos in the old days, or Himinbjorg on their classic works like Europa. The riffs are excellent, and the overall songwriting is what really holds your attention, because it is constantly changing things up, from heavy attack to searing melodic leads to piano or folk instrumentation, and it never loses the thread of what it is doing and it is never dull, even at this length. The whole of the album hangs together as a unified work and stands as a really impressive feat of composition.
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