|Review: Pensées Nocturnes - Vacuum|
Label: Les acteurs de l'ombre Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
The joy of reviewing CDs is when you get a promo that really strikes you unexpectedly, like Vacuum. This disc has been getting quite a few spins lately. Pensées Nocturnes is the work of a solitary French composer, multi-instrumentalist Vaerhon. The list of instruments this young man plays is very impressive: piano, violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon, horn, glockenspiel, acoustic guitars as well as the usual metal trio.
Subtle arrangements and intelligent strongwriting combine in creating a world where classical music meets Black Metal in a way rarely, if ever, recorded before. The long lasting, highly melancholic compositions are intense and soaked wet with darkness, just like the great cover art. I really enjoyed the lengthy musical breaks and the calmer acoustic guitar parts, as always. This time though, the piano plays a major role as a saddened nostalgic instrument, backed by a myriad of classical companions. The Black Metal moments are varied in paces, while the vocals are quite sick, tortures and reminiscent of Silencer in their intensity and madness. You feel like this music was composed in a very somber room by a funeral director, all dressed in black, with a crow on his shoulder as a muse. You will not find a bad track on this album, and you'll even get surprised to hear a bluesy composition on track 4 "Coup de Blues". I do have some preferences for the first two songs, "Lune Malade" and "Flore", as well as the last two, "Epitaphe" and "Repas de Corbeaux".
Pensées Nocturnes is a French act to keep an eye on, and this debut album is nothing short of outstanding.
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