Sombres Forets
La Mort du Soleil


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grayson Hale USER (33 Reviews)
July 24th, 2013 | 21 replies


Release Date: 07/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If it is true that great art cannot be created without suffering, this is nothing short of a masterpiece.

There is a certain comfort to be found in the relatively overlooked subgenre of depressive black metal. This comfort is not the same kind that is associated with escapism, nor is it even remotely associated to the feeling you experience waking up at 11am on a Sunday. Far from it, depressive black metal thrives on its confrontational qualities, giving the listener a glimpse into a world without hope. As empty as your life may seem, there is no way it could ever be this empty.

Annatar, sole member of Sombres Forêts, clearly has no intention of suffering alone. And yet, rather than joining him in some mass suicide ritual, you are subjected to becoming him, crying out like a caged animal in a place where no one can save you but everyone can hear you scream. The stormy atmosphere, realised through some truly suffocating album art courtesy of Fursy Teyssier, probably doesn’t help matters either and right from the acoustic introduction you get the impression that you’ve been left in the middle of the ocean to die alone. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, it’s not long before Annatar comes in with his distinctive cries to complete the picture of utter despair.

While there is little to write home about with regards to technicality, La Mort du Soleil is all about the atmosphere. The instrumentation is dense, often revealing a slight shoegaze influence, and the vocals pierce through it to create an enveloping yet discomforting ambience.

As difficult as it is to highlight individual tracks, "Ètrangleur de Soleils" is an obvious standout, with some truly magnificent build-ups towards the end. "Au Flambeau" is another, with Annatar’s vocals sounding particularly strained over some memorable and hypnotic piano parts. This is perhaps the best representation of Sombre Forêts’ new sound and it stands as a step above the other songs on the album.

Above all, La Mort du Soleil doesn’t pretend to be something it is not. A spiritual connection exists between this album and Gris’ latest effort, À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée... which was released on the same day. Whereas that album is dramatically expansive in its scope, La Mort du Soleil feels much more sincere, relying heavily on its unobstructed expressions of pain.

However, it is certainly no less ambitious. Indeed, if it is true that great art cannot be created without suffering, this is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Originally written for Ech(((o)))es and Dust: http://echoesanddust.com/2013/07/sombres-forets/



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BallsToTheWall
July 24th 2013


44805 Comments


M/

TrueBlood
July 24th 2013


1388 Comments


hope this is good, gonna check but not expecting too much

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2013


19069 Comments


gotta check havent heard a good bm album in ages

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MoosechriS
July 24th 2013


5062 Comments


Like the sound of this, loving the new gris album but have never heard anything buy this dude

Evreaia
July 25th 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, great review

PunchforPunch
July 25th 2013


6280 Comments


is it fast

Evreaia
July 25th 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is sex

Evreaia
July 25th 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"A spiritual connection exists between this album and Gris’ latest effort, À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée... which was released on the same day. "

both helped on each others album iirc

PunchforPunch
July 25th 2013


6280 Comments


great! i love blast beat

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2013


16485 Comments


Their last album was really good so I gotta check this out

SAPoodle
July 25th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, after hearing Il Etait Une Foret... and Royaume de Glace I actually thought that Gris and
Sombres Forets might be the same group of people under different band names but these new albums go
their own separate directions.

KILL
July 25th 2013


72280 Comments


kill em all>

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PunchforPunch
July 25th 2013


6280 Comments


dunno about that one kill sounds bland prob a 2/5

Hawks
July 28th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool album. Not quite as good as Royaume de Glace though.

Evreaia
August 21st 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haven't heard Royaeme de glace, but this sounds ace.

If the first 4 tracks were as good as the last 3 this would have been a 5, those last 3 tracks are downright perfect!

Amphoteric
August 28th 2013


2014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol this got a 1.5?

Evreaia
September 25th 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the 1.5 is from someone with shit taste, so who cares

Keyblade
September 25th 2013


15436 Comments


Still gotta check

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Evreaia
September 25th 2013


4060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

got damned do it

oresttt
October 24th 2013


984 Comments


Sweet album art, gotta check.



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