Released: 2014, Les Acteurs de L'Ombre
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
This split album by German Crust/Black Metal act UNRU, and French Blacksters Paramnesia is an utter assault on the senses.
The first track is by Paramnesia, and is as minimalist as they come. Even its title is minimal: “IV”. It begins with a delicate, protracted intro but soon bleeds into unbridled brutality, all vicious tremelo picking and wounded animal vocals. If you were to look up the word “grim” in the Metal dictionary you would likely see an entry on this band! Around 14 minutes into the track (It is 20.09 long) the track slows to a crawl, but you are always acutely that the band are merely building up for their next savage onslaught.
The next track, “V” is equally unobtrusive. It begins in an ethereal, almost psychadelic haze before exploding in feral rage. It is a touch less relentless than the previous track and is more atmospheric because of it. It also features a gloriously macabre outro.
The third track is by UNRU. It is entitled “Die Welt in der wir Sterben” which I’m told translates as “The World In Which We Die”. It is as equally necro as the two tracks that preceded it, but is possessed of a slightly more melodic sense. The utterly cruel vocals sound as though were recorded down a well. Or perhaps in a cave. The track builds to a frightening crescendo before dissipating into a chilling outro.
The final track “III” is a collaboration between the two bands. The foreboding intro soon gives way to a frantic pace, the jangling guitars like broken glass. It is (as are all the tracks) the very essence of trve kvlt Black Metal.
Many bands seem to think that simply having a harsh sound is all that is required to make good Black Metal, but that is simply not the case, because if the spirit is lacking the result is often appallingly bad.
These two bands have an innate sense of when to tear it up, and when to break it down. All of these songs are paced beautifully, and are well crafted, with colossal riffs and judicious atmospheric passages. Although the tracks are lengthy, they are never boring.
A must for all Kvltists
Review by Owen Thompson