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NUIT NOIRE  Fantomatic Plentitude  CD   (Armageddon)   11.98
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More 'faerical blasting punk' from the woodlands of France...

Here's another somewhat rare 7" find that I dug up when I went hunting for everything that the cult French band Nuit Noire still had in print, a 2005 Ep that features five songs of their cavernous low-fi punk. I've been getting really obsessed with this band's music lately, as it has that primitive, death rock influenced sound that I've turned into a total junkie for, but mixes it in with some aggressive black metal elements and delivers it in a naive, childlike manner (with lots of references to forests and nighttime and waking dreams) that sounds like nothing else. Imagine a cross between Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and some of that sloppy Les Legions Noires style black metal, combine it with a playful, wide-eyed sense of nocturnal wonder and proud romantic streak running through it, and you'll have an idea of what Nuit Noire are doing. One of the few albums still in print from this band, Fantomatic Plentitude is half studio stuff, half live recording, and it's all pretty killer. Opening with the stirring cry-for-night "Les Fťes Volent Dans La Nuit", Fantomatic Plentitude reveals itself as definitely not quite punk, but definitely something other than black metal as well. The somewhat fey-sounding vocals of main member Tenebras are situated way up in the mix, and sound at times like a brattier Rozz Williams when he's not squawking like a maniac. The songs sre mostly mid-tempo rockers with the occasional black metal blast, but even then the guitars are playing a total death-rock style hook. Some of the other songs have somber, almost mournful folk-flecked melodies running through them, but the best stuff is the blackened buzzsaw gothpop of songs like "I Love You" and "Walk Away" and the blazing gothy hardcore of "Magical Blast". The live set at the end sounds pretty much the same as the studio material so it all flows together well, and the band's energy is wild, sounding even heavier and more frenzied here. All of this stuff is insanely catchy and eerie-sounding and very, very French in execution, and makes for one of the quirkiest bands I've ever heard come out of the French black metal scene. Recommended!


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