Foscor
Els Sepulcres Blancs


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (284 Reviews)
September 11th, 2019 | 17 replies


Release Date: 09/06/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With their latest release, Foscor fully appreciate what a more alternative musical direction can do. It may not be for everyone, but Foscor's haunting charms are still present.

Over time Foscor has become one of the more intriguing European groups to emerge from the atmospheric black metal field. The Catalonian group have stretched from a raw, menacing sound to something clearly more inspired by intricate melodies and melancholic vocal serenades, an effective change in musical direction which resulted in arguably the band's finest full-length effort, 2017's excellent Les irreals Visions. It may have divided the fanbase a little and given a certain portion of Season of Mist's black metal fanbase further cause to feel sick, but it also allowed Foscor's more open musical ideas room to breathe and develop.

It seems that latest album Els Sepulchres Blancs has gone the way of Alcest's 2014 record, Shelter, where Neige decided to do away with the heavier metal leanings of previous albums in favour of a fresher, more delicate style devoid of any abrasion and certainly indulging in shoegaze's finest harmonies. In spite of the fact that Foscor are still featuring pacier rhythms and the odd harsh rasp courtesy of frontman Fiar, everything about the band's musical input now seems more intricate and focused on the art of the music as opposed to its performance. Opener “Laments” is as hauntingly beautiful as its title impresses upon the listener, dwindling melodies smoothing over the light guitar work and steady drum beats as Fiar gently serenades his vocal work over the shroud of atmospheric musical prowess. “Elc Colors del Silenci” almost aims for an alternative rock style, such is the accessibility of its performance, where the guitar work focuses on memorable rhythms and gentle solos, Fiar as always soaring to the forefront and providing a dreamy soundscape as a result.

It does indeed feel like something is missing however, and towards the end of the album the listener will begin to miss Foscor's heavier focus. Even Les Irreals Visions had its moments of pressing despair, the bursts of musical menace, although brief, catapulting the instrumentation to an admirable climax. The same cannot be said for Els Sepulchres Blancs, where even at its heaviest, Fiar seems to have taken a step back and develops a raspy whisper in “Malson”, the closest to harsh vocal work Foscor gets in this latest effort. That said, there are moments where songs can really move and its with these moments that the band hit the notes just right. “Secrets” indulges in doomier rhythms and even the vocal work refrains from soaring with a serenade. The musicianship is heavier not only because of this but also its notably darker tones, vocalist Fiar choosing to limit his soaring cleans in favour of a more morose ululation. “Cancó de Mort” is perhaps this album's “Altars”, where even at its most accessible the darker overtones take centre stage, shadowing any unnecessary Shoegaze elements which threaten to breka through the already atmospheric backdrop.

Though these moments are few and far between (more so than in any of Foscor's previous full-lengths), they do demonstrate the band's choice to explore a style which, whilst not exactly new, is still appreciated by the fanbase. Unfortunately, Els Sepulchres Blancs may go on to be one of Foscor's more forgettable releases, but its musical intentions are clear. It's a daring leap to a new musical direction, but one which will hopefully see the band reap rewards.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2019


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

c/c welcome as always.

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Hawks
September 11th 2019


73570 Comments


Damn never heard of this band. Gotta get on this.

bloc
September 11th 2019


57583 Comments


Not gonna lie, thought this was a review for The Fall Of Ideals by AtR with that cover art lol

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zaruyache
September 11th 2019


21305 Comments


oh nice someone rev'd this. I got a ways into it but got a liiiittle bored at the time and never finished it. I did like all the Alcest-isms and general melodic sensibilities, though.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2019


10196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perfect choice of album for you to review Rob, nice work

DarkNoctus
September 11th 2019


10837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg this is amazing

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Laen
September 11th 2019


274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, glad someone got on this

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


16651 Comments


Nice to see this reviewed and in front page no less! I got a feeling I am gonna dig this.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


10196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This would be right up your alley Dewi

DarkNoctus
September 12th 2019


10837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

checking out the album before this too and it's so good



think i've found a new favourite

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


16651 Comments


Downloading as we type.

Rowhaus
September 12th 2019


2670 Comments


I keep seeing this and thinking it's that one Tupac album

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bloc
September 12th 2019


57583 Comments


Better Dayz right lol

Rowhaus
September 12th 2019


2670 Comments


exactly haha

zaruyache
September 12th 2019


21305 Comments


Alcest (feat 2pac)

bloc
September 13th 2019


57583 Comments


THVG LIFE

CugnoBrasso
September 14th 2019


749 Comments


Puigdemont's new favorite band?



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