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Aube Grise - Mauvais Augure (2016) - Review

Band: Aube Grise
Album title: Mauvais Augure
Release date: 1 November 2016
Label: Distant Voices

Tracklist:
01. Tes Yeux Brisés
02. Mauvais Sang
03. Sur Ma Peau
04. 1909
05. Rouge Pâle
06. Je Me Laisserai Faiblir
07. Aube Vieille
08. Tes Yeux Lassés

Aube Grise has released a limited edition CD on the french label Distant Voices called Mauvais Augure (which means 'Bad Omen' in English). The main brain and central nervous system behind the project is an elusive character by the name of Anna M.

Anna M. has been contributing to the artwork at the Distant Voices label for some time and has also released a prior limited edition cassette by the name of Feue; of which there are still a few copies left unless I am mistaken.

The album contains DSBM with an emphasis on atmosphere and some minimalistic piano sections with an overall DIY, personal sound and feel to it. One of the notable things about this album is the feminine influence which is rare in this form of music. The female vocals especially add a flavour to the music that is a break from the norm. Shrieking and harsh, the vocals induce dark atmosphere and isolation, another lost soul screaming at the void. There are also some clean vocals from guest artist Thomas Bel which contrast with the intensity of Anna's vocals. The music generally revolves around a central rudimentary riff or arpeggios and simple drum patterns which are built upon to create atmosphere in a 'less is more' kind of way. Although the instrumental execution is nothing outstanding, the resulting ambience more than makes up for it. The more chaotic sections often fall away back to just a single guitar or keys playing to great effect. The use of ambient field recordings and dynamic song structure adds an unexpected level of sophistication to the music.

Sighted as influences to her piano work are composers such as Debussy, Erik Satie and Arvo Pärt. Certainly no qualms there. The simplistic ambient piano sections really add extra dimensions to the music while creating a film noir sort of theme to contrast with the black metal madness without breaking character. The sound of stilettos walking across a polished wooden floor captures an aura that is intrinsically mysterious, dark, feminine and French. This combined with minimalist piano is certainly reminiscent of the feelings created by ambient masters such as Satie.

An artistic endeavour which combines the visceral with the ethereal, the feminine with the masculine and the crude with the refined; all to great effect. A fine delicacy for the low key black metal aristocrat.

Review written by: Evceles
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Dawn Of Oblivion
Album title: Phoenix Rising
Release date: 25 April 2015
Label: M&A MusicArt

Phoenix Rising is a work that leads the listener through many different emotional, dark and mystical states, and thus serves with many musical variations all centered around deep gloomy and atmospheric gothic metal. Even though Dawn Of Oblivion don't discover any new territories soundwise, they carefully blend those typical 90s gothic metal lines, so familiar to the maestros of the genre like are Tiamat and Paradise Lost, with some guitar riffs used by Therion on Theli or Vovin, and to make the thing even more audacious and sinister they add a pinch of black metal and doom elements on a couple of occasions, but yet at the same time they don't forget that their heritage is in gothic rock. Many elements could resemble to The Sisters Of Mercy or even more to The Fields Of Nephilim. Still, some oriental vibes, like used in the miffed iconic goth metal piece "Anubis", or floydian ambiances in the emotional and soothing "Within The Realms Of The King Of Amur" that are similar to those used back then by Tiamat on Wildhoney or on A Deeper Kind Of Slumber make their sound special in many ways. Dawn Of Oblivion with this album showed that it's still possible to make astounding things within the gothic metal realms.

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