I took a chance on this unheard of band and I'm glad I did. The minute I started listening to it I knew it was going to be something special. Every track on this six track album is unique and diverse.
Track 1, 'Ecailles de lune - Part 1', is a mid-tempo melancholic journey with layered harmonizing clean vocals. It very much reminded me of some of Ulver's older material which utilized clean vocals.
Track 2, 'Ecailles de lune - Part 1', starts out deceptively dreamy and mellow, with a simple acoustic guitar passage set to the sound of ocean waves, but seconds later all hell breaks loose as the song transitions into a blistering snare-blast driven black metal song, with harsh vocals and very melodic and catchy guitar work. Good stuff.
Track 3, my favorite track of the album, is titled 'Percées de lumière' and features such a catchy melody throughout the song that every time I listen to it the damn thing is stuck in my head for hours on end. It's slow to mid paced with shrieking black metal style lyrics and a touch of clean female vocals.
Track 4, 'Abysses', is just a minute and a half of dreamy ambient noise to bridge tracks 3 and 5. Nothing special, though it does lead nicely into..
Track 5, 'Solar Song', is a mesmerizing, hypnotic song with layered male clean vocals and a mix of electric and acoustic guitars that swirl around behind the soothing and rich sound of the vocals. A very mellow contrast to the harsh black metal style of tracks 2 and 3.
Finally, the album ends with a very somber 'Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer', yet another very mellow and hypnotic song. There are no drums here, just acoustic guitars and melancholy clean singing.
This album is so interesting because it's so diverse. It starts somewhat calm, goes into a frenzy during tracks 2 and 3, then winds down into a soothing, dreamy sleep. The album demonstrates a distinct flow from one song to the next, despite them all being so different. One of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and certainly refreshing to the ears of a typical fan of black metal music, as I am.