Sombres Forets
Royaume De Glace


3.5
great

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
March 13th, 2009 | 39 replies | 11,436 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: grim

Sombres Forets, who hail from the grim and dire depths of Canada, play atmospheric/suicidal black metal. Yes, that sounds completely awful. But, despite discouraging first impressions, this one-man-band, led by the mysterious and probably acne-ridden Annatar, is completely excellent. It’s an anomaly, it seems almost unreal, but one listen to this project’s newest, titled Royaume de Glace, will silence even the most elite of skeptics. It’s that good.

Opening with a throwaway ambient piece, Royaume de Glace picks up momentum with “The Forest”, taking walls of massive distortion and Annatar’s ghastly screams and adding flourishes such as acoustic breaks and strings. Annatar, using the same intelligence that enabled him to use the moniker ‘Annatar’, doesn’t overwhelm or overgay the listener with these flourishes, using these very sparsely and only to spice up what would otherwise be reasonably normal. Most of Royaume de Glace continues in such a fashion, including the slow-burning synths and acoustic riffs that accompany walls of fast-picked feedback in “Cold Forgotten Earth” and in others.

Annatar’s imaginative songwriting also helps Royaume de Glace differentiate from the pack. Songs like “L’oeil Nocturne” swell with vigor, utilizing dynamics and breaks of silence, all before gathering again and entering back into the fray. “Solstice” finds Annatar finding all the atmosphere and innovativeness he needs in his guitar work, and he slows things down a bit as well, pounding out discernable riffs that provide a doomier feel to Sombres Forets’ sound. Annoying ambitions lead ‘Tar to throw in some synths and an acoustic break for good measure, which sadly saturate a previously perfect song. Such moments also plague “La Nuit”, and the closing instrumental doubles as a steaming piece of pretentious bullshit, but most of Royaume de Glace is interesting and solid. It’s not the most groundbreaking thing you’ll ever hear, but it wouldn’t hurt you to spend a good hour or so with Annatar. Just don’t laugh at his name.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2009



17197 Comments


good album is good.

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 13th 2009



3743 Comments


it's pretty good yes

jrowa001
March 13th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thoroughly enjoy this album

gaslightanthem
March 13th 2009



5209 Comments


probably acne-ridden

rasputin
March 13th 2009



14516 Comments


pretty good album, about a 3/3.5

BallsToTheWall
March 13th 2009



44164 Comments


I would like to thank last February's issue of Unrestrained for turning me onto this band.

taylormemer
March 14th 2009



4913 Comments


I'm laughing at his name.

Wizard
March 14th 2009



19210 Comments


Nice review. This sounds like gay black metal so I need to own it hahaha.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2009



17920 Comments


write two more reviews then stop forever and we will be the same :]

fireaboveicebelow
March 14th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool disc

illmitch
March 14th 2009



5429 Comments


atmospheric/suicidal black metal doesnt sound bad at all, what the hell are you talking about

cool review might check it out

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2009



17920 Comments


well suicidal black metal does

illmitch
March 14th 2009



5429 Comments


i disagree, i'm a big Xasthur fan and they're commonly labeled suicidal black metal

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2009



17920 Comments


commonly labeled horrible

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009



3743 Comments


xasthur is sososo bad

Wizard
March 14th 2009



19210 Comments


Xasthur is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I mean like falling through the bottom of the barrel bad!

illmitch
March 14th 2009



5429 Comments


xasthur is amazing, dunno what you guys are talking about. leviathan, shining, and strid are all considered suicidal bm and those are all great bands.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2009



17920 Comments


nope sorry

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009



3743 Comments


illmitch go listen to xasthur than kill urself

illmitch
March 14th 2009



5429 Comments


i am crying atm



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