Paying homage to the distinct sounds pioneered by the likes of Dissection, Primordial and Enslaved, French black metallers Abduction pay tribute to the history and the majestic landscapes of their own country via their melancholic but suitably intense progressive black metal….and sophomore album, A l’Heure du Crépuscule, delves further into their multi-personalitied kaleidoscope of sounds.
The shifting sands of this challenging album (not least in the fact that you’re fucked if you don’t speak French!), may offer very little to cling on to but the very nature of this schizophrenic release gifts A l’Heure du Crépuscule its own unique sense of identity(s).
With a penchant for alternating between tranquil, folky instrumentals – check out the captivating and strangely sensuous “Les Visiteurs du Soir” – and explosive blasts of black metal grandeur, this Jekyll and Hyde approach often occurs within the same song and serves to unnerve the listener; confusing yet cajoling via a series of connected passages which can be beautifully rendered while also abrasively nihilistic.
The perfect package A l’Heure du Crépuscule most certainly is not, but it is an ever intriguing and occasionally rewarding experience for those in thrall to the aforementioned Dissection, Primordial and Enslaved. 7/10
A l’Heure du Crépuscule was released on March 23th via Finisterian Dead End.