Review Summary: Neige Et Noirceur combine black metal with dark ambient with stunning ease.
Black metal and dark ambient have always been two genres that could seemingly go hand in hand. In some ways, one could almost consider certain black metal bands to really be a much heavier version of the dark ambient style with the way they manage to create such grandiose atmospheres through the use of distorted guitars. Neige Et Noirceur seems to have realised this and has created an EP that combines both genres but not necessarily in the same song.
What is on offer here are two dark ambient tracks comprised of dark acoustic guitars, eerie keys and some voice samples. What is so great about these two tracks is how easily they can be listened to while doing nothing else, something that can be very trying in other form of dark ambient. Each features a main driving instrument (acoustic guitars in Loudun and piano in Ouija) played over thick, enveloping keys. The former is the reason the tracks are so listenable, the driving force is easily identifiable and can be focused on without much effort. But these driving forces combine themselves with the dense atmosphere of the keys to create the choking ambience and give the tracks a great versatility that most ambient tracks seem to lack.
Sandwiched in the middle of these two tracks is an evil piece of atmospheric black metal. The production is extremely dense and fuzzy creating an atmosphere that matches perfectly with the one presented on the two ambient tracks. The track plods along at a slow to medium pace demonstrating some doom influences along the way but while staying mostly true to its black metal roots. Tremolo melodies weave their way in and out sometimes accompanied by faint keys. The true beauty of the song is in the way it seems to monolithically drive on with one strong, unbreakable atmosphere while the leads and the keys weave their way in and out of the mix. Even during the two periods where the song seemingly takes a break and some samples are played shortly, the samples are given a distorted type sound to the point of almost not being understandable and through this manage to maintain the dark sound of the song in a way rarely used with this type of efficiency.
On Philosophie Des Arts Occultes, Neige Et Noirceurs does not reinvent black metal or dark ambient. What he does is excel in not only creating, but also combining each genre into one sonic entity. An album that features two different genres of songs but manages to remain within its own niche of quality and sound. A must hear for any fan of dark music.