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Review: Aäkon Këëtrëh - Dans la forêt
Aäkon Këëtrëh
Dans la forêt

Label: Independent
Year released: 1997
Duration: 22:00
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.2/5

Review online: May 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating
Dans la forêt

Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (7 Votes)

I do love French Black Metal, in fact I think France has the best BM bands as of lately. However, a lot of people associate French BM to certain groups such as LLN, Les Légions Noires, who apparently released a shitload of demos in '94, '95 and '96, but most of them are fucking impossible to find in real version. Some are even impossible to find on MP3. Anyways, when you actually get around to downloading some of those projects, most of them are shit, except for a few. Moevot, Brenoritvrezorkre and Aäkon Këëtrëh are some of the few bands that qualify into the good or excellent category. Brenoritvrezorkre for its extremely raw production and unique atmosphere which is created, with the most minimal riffs on the planet. Moevot for making beautiful and very desperate and desolate music, and Aäkon Këëtrëh too. Aäkon Këëtrëh sounds a bit like Moevot, but the atmosphere and music are quite different.

The music and production on this demo, unlike most LLN demos, is very clean and atmospheric. The riffs are very simple, but very melodic for once, and create a very sad and forest-like feeling, without having underproduced shit where you can't hear the guitars at all. They bare the exact amount of distortion that is needed, and some very unique feelings are felt from start to end. Most of the riffs here are basically 2 guitars alternating, one playing a simple yet effective melody and the other playing lower notes, to act as a bass and making a counter melody. What should be a fault but was actually enjoyed by me is the fact that the whole demo isn't really structured. You can't really tell when a song starts or ends... but the atmosphere stays throughout the whole demo, which I admire. The lead in the end of #7 and during #8 were nice too.

Overall, very impressive, especially coming from an LLN band. Noone expected something this good. But bear in mind that is NOT metal.

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