Sombres Forets
Royaume De Glace


3.5
great

Review

by joshuatree EMERITUS
March 13th, 2009 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: grim

Sombres Forets, who hail from the grim and dire depths of Canada, play atmospheric/suicidal black metal. Yes, that sounds completely awful. But, despite discouraging first impressions, this one-man-band, led by the mysterious and probably acne-ridden Annatar, is completely excellent. It’s an anomaly, it seems almost unreal, but one listen to this project’s newest, titled Royaume de Glace, will silence even the most elite of skeptics. It’s that good.

Opening with a throwaway ambient piece, Royaume de Glace picks up momentum with “The Forest”, taking walls of massive distortion and Annatar’s ghastly screams and adding flourishes such as acoustic breaks and strings. Annatar, using the same intelligence that enabled him to use the moniker ‘Annatar’, doesn’t overwhelm or overgay the listener with these flourishes, using these very sparsely and only to spice up what would otherwise be reasonably normal. Most of Royaume de Glace continues in such a fashion, including the slow-burning synths and acoustic riffs that accompany walls of fast-picked feedback in “Cold Forgotten Earth” and in others.

Annatar’s imaginative songwriting also helps Royaume de Glace differentiate from the pack. Songs like “L’oeil Nocturne” swell with vigor, utilizing dynamics and breaks of silence, all before gathering again and entering back into the fray. “Solstice” finds Annatar finding all the atmosphere and innovativeness he needs in his guitar work, and he slows things down a bit as well, pounding out discernable riffs that provide a doomier feel to Sombres Forets’ sound. Annoying ambitions lead ‘Tar to throw in some synths and an acoustic break for good measure, which sadly saturate a previously perfect song. Such moments also plague “La Nuit”, and the closing instrumental doubles as a steaming piece of pretentious bullshit, but most of Royaume de Glace is interesting and solid. It’s not the most groundbreaking thing you’ll ever hear, but it wouldn’t hurt you to spend a good hour or so with Annatar. Just don’t laugh at his name.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


17244 Comments


good album is good.

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


3744 Comments


it's pretty good yes

jrowa001
March 14th 2009


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thoroughly enjoy this album

gaslightanthem
March 14th 2009


5208 Comments


probably acne-ridden

rasputin
March 14th 2009


14968 Comments


pretty good album, about a 3/3.5

BallsToTheWall
March 14th 2009


51289 Comments


I would like to thank last February's issue of Unrestrained for turning me onto this band.

taylormemer
March 14th 2009


4964 Comments


I'm laughing at his name.

Wizard
March 14th 2009


20530 Comments


Nice review. This sounds like gay black metal so I need to own it hahaha.

fireaboveicebelow
March 14th 2009


6835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool disc

illmitch
March 14th 2009


5511 Comments


atmospheric/suicidal black metal doesnt sound bad at all, what the hell are you talking about

cool review might check it out

illmitch
March 14th 2009


5511 Comments


i disagree, i'm a big Xasthur fan and they're commonly labeled suicidal black metal

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


3744 Comments


xasthur is sososo bad

Wizard
March 14th 2009


20530 Comments


Xasthur is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I mean like falling through the bottom of the barrel bad!

illmitch
March 14th 2009


5511 Comments


xasthur is amazing, dunno what you guys are talking about. leviathan, shining, and strid are all considered suicidal bm and those are all great bands.

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


3744 Comments


illmitch go listen to xasthur than kill urself

illmitch
March 14th 2009


5511 Comments


i am crying atm

fireaboveicebelow
April 12th 2009


6835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahh this is glorious

GladesOfMirkwood
May 2nd 2009


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a very enjoyable album

Crysis
Emeritus
October 26th 2009


17629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been digging this album. Whole thing is solid.

rasputin
February 13th 2010


14968 Comments


this is a lot better than when i first heard it



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