It is with great anticipation that many of us have been expecting the new Peste Noire work. Finally we are able to appreciate this creation and, with some time, have it in our hands. Being Peste Noire a band that I highly admire for many years, even having a tattoo of one of its “symbols”, I have to admit that, sometimes, it is a bit hard to give a non-biased view on their releases, but, I sincerely try my best, otherwise there would be no difference between a simplistic “fanboy” of the latest musical trends out there.
Much like many others, my first contact was in 2006 with “La Sanie des siècles – Panégyrique de la dégénérescence” and I was simply stunned by the uniqueness of the music. In fact, the French scene has many distinguished and interesting bands, in my humble view, one of the most fascinating in a world-wide sense. And many of them aren’t still as praised as they should be.
First of all, the ugliness is still there, dirty and enraged, with an atmosphere of decadence and rural surroundings. And you can obviously sense the French aura that is present along Peste Noire’s discography… again, having an ugly side, the music also sounds alluring and stunning. The band exudes a malaise feeling, all soaked in discontent and disturbance, while experimenting with extreme music in a masterful way. Another aspect that caught my attention is that Peste Noire maintains the theatrical and eccentric moods that have been presented throughout their body of work, distancing themselves from the monotony displayed in the current creations of other acclaimed bands. Peste Noire doesn’t “keep it safe”, but rather create their own sounds not following any form of fashion, with no hidden intentions of fame, other than offer us the uttermost honest, crude and intriguing works. This is, of course, just a simple personal opinion, of how the album feels to me, different tastes, moods and personalities always cause different responses when it comes to music and, in fact, everything else in life.
The unique vocals of Famine are genuine diatribes, filled with anguish and anger, being here and now weird, like an inebriated man singing, almost grotesque and at other times more of a “coherent speech”, less erratic, not so bizarre, but still powerful and more than suitable; they are indeed insane. Contrasting to Famine’s “screams”, we have the angelic, soft, voice of Audrey, an exquisite addition to the Peste Noire’s perturbed and yet remarkable music. This can be clearly noticed in the chef d’oeuvre that is “Quand je bois du vin”. In my modest view, this isn’t the only masterpiece presented in “La Chaise-Dyable”, but I prefer to leave it for you to choose your own ones.
Still about the music, they’re varied and multifaceted, extreme and delicate at times, exquisite and savage. Having punk and folk elements, the compositions are exuberant in emotions and sentiments, but never sounding cheesy or depressive, in fact melancholic and sorrowful in the sense of aversion, resentment and repugnance. The guitars are very atypical, atmospheric and cold, while the drumming is indeed outstanding and thunderous, a fine work. Acoustic guitars and accordion enriches the album… the sound of the accordion is simply delightful, decadent and beautiful. I wish they used it more in “La Chaise-Dyable”.
Much like the music crafted by Peste Noire, the production is a bit raw, a bit crude, but completely appropriated to their creations, but far, far from being of a poor quality. It’s simply not crystal clear and, quite frankly, I don’t think this type of production would fit Peste Noire. So, my friends, I invite you all, if you still haven’t heard this amazing band, to check their music. And if you are already familiar with them, please, listen to the new album, legally on Bandcamp, and, if you happen to enjoy what you heard, and hopefully you will, please, support and promote them. As earlier said, this is a unique, honest and enticing band. It’s not for everyone, but if it’s what you are looking for, this can be a fascinating experience.
Until next time.
Band: Peste Noire
Album: La Chaise-Dyable (2015)
Label: La Mesnie Herlequin
- Avant le putsch
- Le dernier putsch
- Payés sur la bête
- Le Diable existe
- A La Chaise-Dyable
- Quand je bois du vin
- Dans ma nuit (2nd version)
Peste Noire is:
La Sale Famine de Valfunde – Guitars, Vocals (lead), Bass
Ardraos – Drums, Accordion
Sainte Audrey-Yolande de la Molteverge – Vocals (female), Hammond organ, Piano
Official Bandcamp: https://pestenoire.bandcamp.com/releases
Official La Mesnie Herlequin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lamesnieherlequin
La Mesnie Herlequin Website: https://www.lamesnieherlequin.com/
All photos belong to their rightful owners.April 29, 2015