Peste Noire
Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
April 5th, 2009 | 79 replies | 17,929 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Folkfuck Folie was career suicide, Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor is a resurrection

Having recently lost guitarist Neige permanently to the world of post-punk-woe-is-me-isms, Peste Noire could have called it quits. After Folkfuck Folie they probably should have. But if Folkfuck Folie was career suicide, Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor is a resurrection. It may not be a complete return to form (that of La Sanie des siècle) but it is a step in the right direction. Described by Famine as both “boyscout's satanism” (what) and “black and roll” (okay), I'd be far from surprised if fans of the band assumed they were done for. I definitely did. But if Folkfuck Folie's brand of “black metal hooliganism” has taught us anything, it's that Famine is a less than capable describer of his own material. Still, with Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francorhe got it half-right (the non-boyscout, sensical). While it remains within the confines of black metal, Ballade is impossibly blues oriented. On that note, Famine had the black and roll thing right. But those expecting Satyricon should go elsewhere: there are no shouts of “Now, Diabolical!” wedged between angst-ridden I hate my parent-isms. Instead you get the poetry of François Villon and Paul Verlaine wedged between the march of “La France Bouge - Par K.P.N. (Chant De L'Action Française)” and the immemorial French military-based “A la Mortaille!”.

Though Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francormay sit contextually and comfortably in the black metal world, it's not exclusively a black metal album. It is instead an album dominated by bluesy guitar-work and simplistic, rhythmic drumming. All of the band's anger and frustration seems to be vented entirely through A.Julia's drum-kit, which is concurrently loud as fuck but becomingly restrained. Even the traditionally distraught sounding Famine seems to be a little more at ease this time around. Though it's not to suggest Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francoris happy-go-jolly in nature, it is impossible to deny the band's return to the undeniably catchy and memorable leads that made La Sanie des siècle such a success. In many ways, Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francorserves as an extension of La Sanie des siècle's more moderately paced material and a more compact version of the album as a whole. It trades Folkfuck Folie's sloppy and unmitigated chaos in for structure and control but that doesn't make the band any sweeter. What puts Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francorcomfortably in the black metal realm is that in spite of how hook-laden it may be is it's overwhelmingly evil aesthetic. Had Satan truly gotten behind the White Stripes, they might have ended up sounding something like this.

Perhaps the most endearing thing about Ballade... is that Peste Noire sound reinvigorated. On “La Mesniee Mordrissoire” they sound as though they're having fun (gasp!) and nobody could have expected the harmonica on “Rance Black Metal De France”. The title track, which gets its name (and lyrics) from the François Villon poem of the same name, is in many ways a send-off to Neige. Sounding surprisingly post-punk in its execution, the track (which features some questionable use of frog and bird noises) will ultimately be the most divisive on the album. But it's also the closer, so if it bothers you, skip it. Skip it and be grateful that Peste Noire have done the unthinkable: they've released a black metal album that somehow manages to blend the catchy with the unapologetic, the poetic and the militant. It is evolved yet traditional. While it takes risks, they all feel calculated. Sainte Audrey-Yolande de la Molteverge's (nice name) indulgences into operatics may not be entirely welcomed but they don't overstay their welcome. Neither does the album. At a mere 39 minutes, Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francoris a risk you can afford to take. You might be pleasantly surprised.



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Tyler
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wrote this last night really fast so i could get it covered, then the site was down, then i got home from work and dude had already posted a review so here's mine. donno, i wrote four or five different reviews for this back to back in less time than it takes to run through the album once, i went with the simplest. This Message Edited On 04.05.09

BallsToTheWall
April 5th 2009



44164 Comments


Forgotten Woods is a perfect example of Neige's character but it sucks he's not in here. Good review, i really need this especially since I need to hear a harmonica/black metal moment. I'm mst interested to hear the guitar work, since Vreid pulled off a stellar black n roll album this year, I want to see if this tops that.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the guitar work is great, i didnt touch on it enough (must have done so in another review heh). it's got the same charm as their first album, it's very sloppy but in a precise sort of way. i just love how easy a listen this album is

Hawks
April 5th 2009



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just listened to Rance Black Metal de France and it was pretty awesome. I'll check this out soon.

Zoo
April 5th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Couldn't really get into this on first two listens. To be honest, I'm not sure I want to.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not really your style tbh

BallsToTheWall
April 5th 2009



44164 Comments


Acquiring this now. Still can't believe I wasnt aware of this.


Weird though Zoo since you like Vreid.This Message Edited On 04.05.09

Tyler
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It came out of nowhere for me too, tbh. But truth be told after Folkfuck Folie I really wasn't looking.

illmitch
April 5th 2009



5429 Comments


I have the Aryan Supremacy demo but I've never listened to anything afterwards. Actually, I haven't really given that demo a full listen either.

Zoo
April 5th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"not really your style tbh"

Not necessarily true. I enjoyed La Sanie des Siècles quite a bit but this doesn't hit me like that album did.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their demos are inconsistent. I'd definitely check out the first full length, the lorraine rehearsal and this tbh

Wizard
April 6th 2009



18770 Comments


But if Folkfuck Folie was career suicide, Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francoris a resurrection.

*is a resurrecion?

Superb review as per usual Cocaine. Sounds interesting enough to warrant checking out.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

AtavanHalen
April 6th 2009



17927 Comments


Would I like this, Tyler?

foreverendeared
April 6th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this a lot more than i though i would

Malkir
April 6th 2009



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review but some misconceptions perhaps... The wikipedia says Neige didn't write a single riff in the history of PESTE NOIRE except those of "La Césarienne" on FF on a poem by Famine.

kitsch
April 6th 2009



5105 Comments


lol


ill check this out, ive been into heavier music lately, but havent listened to anything with a black metal twist on it.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009



2595 Comments


Famine wrote all songs since the beginning in Peste Noire, Famine wrote all single riffs, all solos, all structures, all lyrics, imagined all concepts, decided on the direction HIS band was taking. Famine is 100 % responsible of PN's violence, of PN's chaos, of PN's melancholy, of PN's madness, of PN's sickness, of PN's irony, of PN's anger, of PN's acoustic moments, of PN's medieval songs, of clips and samples, of PN's thrashy rhythms, of PN's demos, of PN's "La sanie", of PN's "Folkfuck Folie", of PN's "Ballade", ALL is by Famine.


Was he responsible for anything else?

Malkir
April 6th 2009



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You'd better be open-minded.



foreverendeared
April 6th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jom was being sarcastic, man.

Malkir
April 6th 2009



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hell yes he was.



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