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Review: Cauchemar - Tenebrario

Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2013
Duration: 36:53
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 6, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (10 Votes)

Tenebrario is the debut full-length (after 2010's 5-song EP, Le Vierge Noire) from Canada's Cauchemar. Heavy Metal with a strong Doom streak is band's bread and butter. There's the speedy, NWOBHM side of Cauchemar that can be heard on tracks like "Salamadre" and "Rites Lunaires." These songs will have fans of the early 80s banging their heads to some fantastically catchy riffs courtesty of guitarist François Patry. There's also the slow, Doom roll of "Le Feu de Soleil" and "Trois Mondes," where Patry turns up the reverb, bassist Andres Arango lays down a thick, expansive foundation and singer Annick Giroux delivers some ethereal vocal lines (all in French) from the shadows. Giroux' vocals are fairly low in the mix until the ghostly, acoustic title track that closes out Tenebrario. With just a guitar and a lonely bell to contend with, the emotion of her performance is much more apparent.

If you are in to the NWOBHM or bands like Black Sabbath, Hawkwind and especially Pagan Altar, Tenebrario is an album well worth checking out.

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