Label: Les Acteurs de l´Ombre Productions – AO84
Format: Digipak CD
Released: February 1st, 2019
Style: Avant-garde Black Metal/Neoclassical
Pensées Nocturnes describe their music as déglingué black metal, a descriptor that suggests brokenness or ramshackle construction and on previous records that would have disagreed in some respects. Vaerohn’s compositions weren’t cobbled together but a smart deconstruction of outsider inspiration flowing into jagged bursts of black metal, on ‘Grand Guignol Orchestra’ all creatures that’d hide in the shadows arrive on stage fully lit with broken neck and shit-stained boots ready to perform their bloody dance. There is no air in this place filled with cigarette smoke and iron-scented humidity as the intense ‘chaos in unison’ of this record becomes maddening. Free jazz-esque peppering of discordant guitar wrangling and avant-cirque rhythms don’t allow a moment to breathe as if Imperial Triumphant and A Forest of Stars were performing blindfolded at some sort of themed asylum. The potential for dramatics is ousted with such a transfixing performance that ushers away all traditional black metal forms, a feat even goofs like Carach Angren wouldn’t dare alienate with, and what is left is a bout of dirges spotted with several gorgeous flourishes of saxophone, calliope, theremin and such. Digipack with booklet. Artwork by Cäme Roy de Rat. Recommended for fans of Gris, Aquilus, Peste Noire, A Forest Of Stars, Ban, Ashenspire, Mirrorthrone.