Peste Noire
Le Retour Des Pastoureaux


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Grumpy CONTRIBUTOR (41 Reviews)
September 15th, 2021 | 43 replies


Release Date: 09/01/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Smells like camembert cheese.

Since Peste Noire’s latest release, the infamous Split album, the audience was doubtful if Famine will ever release decent quality material ever again. And from this aspect, it was interesting to witness that Le retour des pastoureaux actually turned out pretty good.

Le retour des pastoureaux is quite a wild ride, but that is more or less the default setting for a Peste Noire release. The album fuses pretty much everything together with what was presented in the previous works, in a quite neo-renaissance manner. Melancholic folk, weird post-punk and momentary black metal sections are on the menu again - something like a less black metal-oriented version of L'Ordure Ă* l'Ă©tat Pur. By reducing the amount of one component (in this case: black metal), far more space was left for experimentation. This meant the opportunity for blending post-rocky, thrash metalish elements in the songs like “Chiendent” and “Haut les schlass”, or even shoegazey riffing in “Les jolies cannes”. The latter song was especially interesting, as Famine perfectly imitated Alcest’s signature sound for a short time - the reverby riffs, and the clean vocals almost misled me, making me think that was a sample. Mockery or not, it was a noteworthy musical chameleon moment. On the instrumental front, there is no reason to complain: the album sounds good and it is musically interesting. But there is a really ugly thing: the vocals. Out of place, repetitive and they bear literally zero entertainment factor. This impression was a bit dampened by a bigger amount of gang vocals and the involvement of numerous and mysterious guest musicians, but it cannot be saved entirely.

Le retour des pastoureaux is easily among the most interesting Peste Noire albums by the diversity within, and Famine proved he’s still able to come up with great melodies. I can honestly say I can't understand shit, but I dig the riffs and the “weirdness” of this release.



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garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2021


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The joke behind the summary: Cheese box CD cases. https://www.metal-archives.com/images/9/7/6/3/976381.jpg?0412

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TheSpirit
September 15th 2021


28562 Comments


fuck this band



good review tho

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2021


9228 Comments


erf that "Ă " can't appear in broken ass Sput

DDDeftoneDDD
September 15th 2021


18957 Comments


perhaps I'll check them sometime

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


42058 Comments


"Le retour des pastoureaux is easily among the most interesting Peste Noire albums by the diversity within"

unsure if intentional, but 10/10 gag

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Vanquisher
September 15th 2021


50 Comments


Where on earth do you download music from these guys

Nikkolae
September 15th 2021


5983 Comments


be me: maybe i should check this out
checks lyrics *filled with ultra-nationalistic antisemitic dog whistles*

I think ima pass

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DDDeftoneDDD
September 15th 2021


18957 Comments


"Where on earth do you download music from these guys"


And just when I was thinking on checking those early ones. Its like an youtube only shit?

TheSpirit
September 15th 2021


28562 Comments


ya'll don't torrent or use slsk?

parksungjoon
September 15th 2021


38405 Comments


ya'll cowards don't even smoke crack

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Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


easy to get lazy and rely on streaming but can’t drop slsk. Lots of good stuff you can’t get on spotify

Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


Nikkolae you fluent in French?

Nikkolae
September 15th 2021


5983 Comments


google translate is your friend

Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


Would never even occur to me to check lyrics let alone translate them before checking an album

parksungjoon
September 15th 2021


38405 Comments


>Would never even occur to me to check lyrics let alone translate them before checking an album


tbf in this case its not like peste noire being shitters is news by any means lol

Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


lol true

Nikkolae
September 15th 2021


5983 Comments


"tbf in this case its not like peste noire being shitters is news by any means lol"

this pretty much, life is shitty enough as it is in general to be entertaining this bullshit in the music i choose to listen to.

Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


idk what you're talking about, life is great

Nikkolae
September 15th 2021


5983 Comments


I'm sorry i have a 5 year old that is being home schooled as I work from home I AM NOT OK hahaha

Itwasthatwas
September 15th 2021


3097 Comments


lol I hear you. my boy's still 2 so I'm loving having more time around him at home



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