Peste Noire
La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la


4.5
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Review

by Nate B. USER (13 Reviews)
April 29th, 2009 | 13 replies | 3,499 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Most albums in the black metal genre nowadays leave me feeling empty after listening all the way through. Much of the time, the musicians lazily fall into never-ending cycles of genericisms that never cease to bore. It seems like nowadays, any kid who owns a tape recorder can print 666 copies of his god-awful demo and distribute it for “kvlt cred” while totally missing the point of what black metal is actually all about: building songs around ideas in a way that entrances the listener and captivates their imagination.

Peste Noire, however, stands in a league of their own within the modern black metal scene. La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénerescence garnered the band much global attention and helped them to skyrocket to underground stardom within a short time of its release, and certainly not without good reason. Famine (Peste Noire’s lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter) certainly has a vision of black metal that is exclusively his own, and the material resulting from his vision definitely has its own identity within the genre and is in no way contrived.

Peste Noire has a way of heightening and lowering the mood of a song on command. The writing is nothing less than superb here; songs frequently change in mood from depressing to valorous to mischievous and back again, but not without losing sight of what the song is conveying on the whole. Each riff deliberately contributes to the overall narrative structure of the pieces. Like all good metal, La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénerescence avoids having each song simply be a collection of riffs lazily thrown together; it isn’t music for music’s sake. Solos, when employed, are used to add more energy and an overlay of melody to the piece and aren’t overly showy. The structures are quite extensive; the twelve minute epic, “Phalènes Et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse”, for example, traverses through countless moods and themes while keeping sight of its original aim and not wandering off into pointlessness.

The aesthetic Peste Noire adopts on this album is very dark and romantic, yet reverent of the past, frequently bringing the better LLN bands to mind with its frequent employment of techniques and melodies akin to Vlad Tepes and Mütiilation. However, Famine certainly has his own mind; La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénerescence is in no way a rip-off of these bands but rather is not afraid to pay tribute to its influences, being the LLN and Peste Noire’s national identity. From the waltz-y intro to the French folk acoustic guitar sections that pervade some of the songs to the completely appropriate use of an organ, Peste Noire seems very proud of their French national heritage and honors it without shame.

La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénerescence is a rare gem in today’s black metal scene. Rarely are there black metal albums released today with such identity and pride while retaining magnificent songwriting and rich variety expanding beyond what typifies black metal. If you get one black metal album from the 00’s, make it this one. You won’t regret it.



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plutosatanclubhouse
April 29th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

satan

foreverendeared
April 29th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what black metal is actually all about: building songs around ideas in a way that entrances the listener and captivates their imagination.
i always felt black metal was about raw passion, emotion, and energy. Good review. Like everyone else here at sputnik i have Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor, but i haven't heard this album yet.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2009



7021 Comments


album is amazing

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

BallsToTheWall
April 29th 2009



44164 Comments


Whoa, did this not have a review? Great review for one of my favorite black metal records.


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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2009



7021 Comments


Its the new review format, the other reviews can be picked from the column on the right.

BallsToTheWall
April 29th 2009



44164 Comments


Sputnik of 2009

kitsch
April 29th 2009



5107 Comments


ive never really listened to much black metal. one genre ive never been able to get into, i have some shit by bathory but thats about it.

i like what you said about the album, but is this the best into to bm?

plutosatanclubhouse
April 29th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this would probably be pretty easy to grasp for someone new to black metal. though i'd also recommend getting some of the classics:
Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
Marduk - Opus Nocturne
Immortal - Pure Holocaust
Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun

easylee
April 30th 2009



80 Comments


black metla is about achieving satanic glory in children

illmitch
April 30th 2009



5429 Comments


i wouldn't call anything Marduk has made a classic

BallsToTheWall
April 30th 2009



44164 Comments


Or Gorgoroth or even Sacramentum or Immortal. But hey!!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2009



17197 Comments


^123

plutosatanclubhouse
April 30th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehh classic or not those albums are still reall god and worth getting, definitely for someone new to black metal



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