Neige et Noirceur - _L'Abime des Jours, l'Ecume des Nuits_
(Hypnotic Dirge, 2009)
by: Yulon Zhu (8 out of 10)
_L'Abime des Jours, l'Ecume des Nuits_ was originally released in 2007 through Dungeons Deep Records, containing only two tracks, but almost 40 minutes of music, with one track surpassing 25 minutes in length. Now entirely sold out, Hypnotic Dirge has decided to release it again. This time it comes with tons of bonuses like liner notes and an second disc of rare /sold-out material from Canadian ambient / black metal band Neige et Noirceur.

This trek begins to unfold with what sounds like a demon awakening from a slumber deep in a snowy cave or a man scraping against moist cave walls. Church bells are heard overhead, with all blending into jewel-encrusted keyboarding that dances around like ice pixies. The atmospheric black metal comes into play, with ambient diversions chopping into the track. 25+ minute long "I - L'Abime des Jours, l'Ecume des Nuits" pretty much sets up what to expect with the rest of the album: long ambient passages of coldness, bursts of thick atmospheric black metal and an overall feeling of enchantment. Take a track like "L'Eveil dans le Mort IV - Le Cimetiere Perdu" and you're getting soft, gothic-themed synth / piano. Then "Apres la Nuit VI - Orlok" jumps at you with maniacal black metal for those in padded cells. The painfully lo-fi black metal will bring a wicked smile to purists. The music will also win over any fan of mind-encompassing, synthy music as Neige et Noirceur captures the unsettling mystery and strange calmness of wintertime perfectly on "L'Abime des Jours, l'Ecume des Nuits".

This re-release can't be easily written off as with most. Neige et Noirceur have the whole beauty through insanity thing down. The music is recorded through a frozen filter that makes sure every note is well below freezing and the vocals are drowned and evil, Zifond screaming like a mad-man and whispering like an imp.


(article published 14/2/2010)

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