Released: 2013, Sepulchral Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Canadian one man band project Sombres Forêts return with a new full length, the 3rd LP offering to the gods of nature, this time in the form of La Mort du Soleil. Opening track Des Épaves sets a dark mood which is kept up throughout all 7 tracks. Annatar’s beautiful acoustic guitar work is godly with each arpeggio finger picked by his multi-talented hands. The music really gets into swing on the second track, the depressive and delicate Étrangleurs de Soleil.
Those who are fans of such depressive black metal projects such as Moloch are bound to enjoy this, although much more beauty and sophistication is shown in all seven tracks here than in anything Moloch have ever released. The production is shimmering where it needs to be, and lo-fi and brutal where the music requires it.
Unlike previous efforts, such as 2008’s Royaume de Glace, the bass is not very audible, and nor are the guitars, meaning that there are very few memorable moments on this records. As always, this does lead to the record being rather boring at times, especially due to its great length. With no hooks or choruses clear (not that I expected anything else) the whole piece just washes over the listener, which can work in some cases, but not so well in others. Do not despair Sombres Forêts fans, this record will keep your interest for a decent amount of time, but if you are like me you will find this album easier to digest in parts, rather than as one. Otherwise, you’ll end up bloated with misanthropy, and gurgling with ghastly darkness.
Review by Jarod Lawley