Peste Noire
L'Ordure a l'etat Pur


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
May 26th, 2011 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's always bizarre being in La Sale Famine's world...

La Sale Famine de Valfunde, frontman and multi-instrumentalist for French black metallers Peste Noire, has always been rather a nutcase with his vocal style, always making throaty rasps and harsh shrieks that sound outright painful. However he consistently makes up for his schizoid vocals by keeping a rather tight rein on his music, creating well-refined yet lo-fi black metal with a definitive folk side.

Apparently, that all ends with L'Ordure a l'etat Pur.

At first everything seems normal and in typical Peste style: an eerie fade-in with acoustic guitar and creepy voices. La Sale Famine's voice is familiarly gravelly. However, when one begins listen to 11-minute opener "Casse, Peches, Fractures et Traditions" in its entirety, you'll quickly notice the considerable change in Peste's sound. Across the album the Burzum-y lo-fi fuzz is completely absent and while folk elements were in wide use in prior Peste albums, the influence here is far less classical. The usual blackened riffing is replaced by something often strongly resembling gypsy punk (think if Gogol Bordello played black metal). The whole "circus metal" aesthetic shines through with "Casse" making heavy use of brass, including a minute-long Parisian interlude featuring trombone and accordion.

Although still black metal at its core, this album is rife with decidedly unblack material. The guitarwork is often atypical, following styles from post-punk to hard rock and occasionally dipping fingertips into doom and death metal. Dozens of other uneXpected oddities show up on L'Ordure. Samples ranging from chickens squawking to swamp noises to cart wheels creaking to a woman's horrified screams pop up, and often there are random people speaking in frantically spat French. Occasionally in "Cochon Carotte et les sours Crotte" an electronica beat comes in, instilling momentarily the fear that this will turn into a Nachtmystium record. The beginning of the 20-minute opus "J'avais reve du Nord" sounds like something written by cargo-shorts-wearing Pantera worshippers, complete with the sounds of cocking guns and eventually a shot firing. This somehow twists its way into a folk-y acoustic guitar solo and classical female singing before going full crushing neo-black metal. The last track on the album, "La condi hu", could easily be considered post-black metal.

Conceptually, everything seems to run amok on this album while La Sale Famine satisfies his oddball musical fancies. He seems to have taken his already strange regards for his home country from folksy to outright punk. The lyrics are worlds apart from those of Peste's first album, now obviously societally and politically driven rather than referencing stereotypical death, darkness and depression. The artwork displays this change most prominently, as the Renaissance sketches have been replaced by a graffitied version of Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People", featuring a man resembling Zakk Wylde sucking down liquor and a figure with a toilet seat for a head.

"L'ordure a l'etat Pur" translates roughly to something like junk or refuse in a pure form. True to the title, La Sale Famine seems to have taken a sort of "Let's just throw all this bizarre shit in here." approach to creating this album, while not completely letting go of the metaphorical reins. L'Ordure a l'etat Pur still retains a consistent sense of coherency, and La Sale Famine ties up all his loose ends in a relatively neat package. Despite being quite distinctly bonkers and far more unpredictable than previous Peste Noire works, it never feels like it strays from its focus, nor does it lose the pure enjoyment factor. While probably not their best work, L'Ordure definitely has a leg up for their most interesting.



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ThyCrossAwaits
May 26th 2011


3065 Comments


Boom.

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Tyrael
May 26th 2011


20972 Comments


I'm not really feeling your summary but other than that this is a very good review. The french black
metal scene is vastly becoming a major player in the world. With Deathspell Omega, Alcest, Aosoth,
Blut Aus Nord and Peste Noire they got some great bands down there.

ThyCrossAwaits
May 26th 2011


3065 Comments


Meh, I'm always awful at summaries. I'll probably change it when it's not 5 a.m.

liledman
May 26th 2011


3826 Comments


gun shot part and electronic beat were so annoying, because the album is pretty great otherwise. why must the experience be soured...

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2011


16481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't decide on a rating for this yet, like a 3.75. There are some awesome moments on this album but also some that made me go wtf

Tyrael
May 26th 2011


20972 Comments


Of course this decision weighs a lot more on you than on us because you are one of sputnik's black metal authorities.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2011


16481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, I just haven't given this enough listens to decide.

Motiv3
May 26th 2011


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol Tyr.

Tyrael
May 26th 2011


20972 Comments


What?

Motiv3
May 26th 2011


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just your last post made me laugh.

Tyrael
May 26th 2011


20972 Comments


Oh yes I tend to have that kind of effect on people.

alachlahol
May 26th 2011


7515 Comments


is famine parodying black metal or is he serious with a lot of the shit he says in interviews and his overall view on the genre

Wolfhorde
May 26th 2011


13688 Comments


"The french black metal scene is vastly becoming the a major player in the world"
The French BM scene was always important, it just wasn't in a spotlight. I mean, just think about the LLN and all that stuff.

@alachalol: Which interview are you talking about?

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alachlahol
May 26th 2011


7515 Comments


isnt tyraelyx self proclaimed master of black metal

Tyrael
May 26th 2011


20972 Comments


Oh hell no lol
My taste is what a lot of people would call 'terrible'

R6Rider
May 26th 2011


4738 Comments


sweet

can't wait to listen to this

Oathbreaker
May 26th 2011


1648 Comments


Great album again.

ffs
May 26th 2011


4884 Comments


« Black Metal is the musical memory of our bloodthirsty ancestors of blood, it is the marriage of Tradition, of old racial patrimony with fanaticism, with the rage and the rashness of a youth now lost. It is a CHTHONIC religion: a cult of the EARTH and a return to it, therefore a nationalism; a cult of what is BELOW the earth: Hell — the adjective “chthonic” applies to the Infernal gods as well. BM is a fundamentalism, a music with integrity (from latin integer, complete) which helps me to remain complete in a dying world, amidst a people in decay, unworthy of its blood. It is the apology of the dark european past. It is a psychosis which helps us to flee a reality we cannot tolerate anymore. »


i hope he's serious. he owns

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I was working on a review of this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2011


16481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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