Gris - À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée... (Sepulchral Productions)

A great step ahead for these Canadians.

Gris is a depressive black metal band that is a staple for people who like this kind of sound. They were formerly known as Niflheim, but after releasing a demo with this name they decided to change to this current moniker.

Their first album brought the essential of the style with lots of depressive and raw stuff, hard-to-get music, only for those who are keen to cut their wrists and wait for the blood to flow all over the place. 

But this time around they have gone a step further, in the production, in the compositions and in the musicianship. An incredible step ahead.

Like bands that initiated their career doing raw stuff but perceived that the market was infected by this type of sound, they dared to up the ante of their sound, reminding the listener much of that sound modification made by Italian folks of Forgotten Tomb, and no they are not an imitation of Forgotten Tomb, the point here is only to borrow a line of similarity.

Songs are ultra heavy and creative like in the trippy Igneus that changes all the time, sounding slow paced but never ever repetitive. That’s their ace card here. Although not a progressive band, they use the progressive logic to give reason to their sound to exist. By the way the final session of this song with the acoustic guitar sends shivers down my spine. 

Trippy track Moksha is totally my cuppa, it’s a kind of ethnic atmospheric piece with some dark ambient in the background, it is really insane.

Seizième Prière shows an eerie atmosphere and progression, with a strange riff, with an intense bassline on the background, and heaviness in the foreground, with a syncopated drumming and constant stoppages. It’s a beautiful song.

À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée is an album that is another phase of Gris and for sure it presents new ways for Depressive Black Metal without being sell-out to Shoegaze and other follies. Depressive, yes, but with a capital METAL!


À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée is out now on Sepulchral Productions