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Originally issued on cassette in 2011 via Trondheim, Norway label Fossbrenna Creations and now given the vinyl treatment via Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions. To date this is the only recorded output of Vilains Bonshommes - the duo consisting of someone (?) from Norwegian black metal band Mare and Canadian Pierre-Marc Tremblay of Contrepoison -- whose 2010-2012 work was recently collected as a 2LP set on Hospital Productions.
Opening track ‘L’éternité’ is gently propelled by rudimentary drum machine and crepuscular cathedral like organ, complete with breathy vocals - it’s certainly very gothic. I half expected the dark lord himself Count Dracula to peer over my shoulder and start chomping at my jugular.
‘Death Shines On Triumphant Days’ is similarly grand in it’s overall atmosphere despite its minimal components of vocal, synth and drum machine. The dirge like synth is particularly ethereal and haunting. I must say it’s kinda growing on me by the time martial horns come in.
I think I mentioned in my Contrepoison review that the vocals are sometimes reminiscent of Marc Almond and that’s apparent on final track ‘The Ages Anew’ where the organ returns to give what I suspect are home/DIY recordings a considerably larger sense of scale, where you can visualize sun beaming through stained glass.
If you’re they type of person that uses flour as foundation, sleeps in a coffin and goes on pilgrimages to the Goth convention in Whitby once a year then this is for you.
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