Ossuaire - Premiers Chants (2019)


Canadian Black Metal has been surprising us in the last few years with excellent bands like Monarque, Délétère, Csejthe, and countless others. Ossuaire is the latest addition to this wave of blast beats and tremolo picking from the North. With their debut release “Premiers Chants”, the band unleashes 40 minutes of ferocious music that reminds us of bands like Au Champ Des Morts, Vanum, Anorexia Nervosa and Glaciation amongst others.

Jumping at the listener’s throat, the album starts furiously with the pummeling drums and intense riffing of the album title track. The band’s sound is very well defined and nicely produced to sound devastating and yet melodic in nature. With “La Procession des Flagellants”, the band takes a darker approach filled with highly precise guitar melodies and Hérésiarque’s hellish vocals, just the perfect mix of a growl and a shriek, allowing them to be quite commanding and intimidating.

We are suckers for a good melodic passage and “La Flamme Noire de Ge'henom” delivers one of the most intense and catchy melodic sections we have heard in 2019. This track literally made us stand up and head bang for a moment due to its brilliant structure. Providing a nice breather with the creepy “Exhortation”, the band returns with the ravaging “Saints Céphalophores”. With a old-school Catamenia-meets-Immortal vibe, this track delivers more aural punishments thanks to its high-octane approach.

Saving the best for last, “La Grande Apostasie” delivers one of the catchiest chorus sections in history with a very peculiar and engaging riff. As one of our favorite tracks of the year, we have probably heard this vicious song over 30 times, and can’t get enough of it. Overall, “Premiers Chants” is one hell of a debut release from a promising young band. If you like your Black Metal heavy with a good dose of melody, look no further and get this release.

Bands: Ossuaire Album: Premiers Chants

Label: Sepulchral Productions

Release:April 26th, 2019

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Canada

Rating: 96/100

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