Décembre Noir - Pale Serenades (2022)


Showcasing a very different side of their music, today we have Germany’s Décembre Noir with their latest EP “Pale Serenades”. Featuring a re-interpreted version of an individual track of each of the band’s previous releases: "The Renaissance Of Hope", "Autumn Kings", "Forsaken Earth" and "A Discouraged Believer", the listener is treated to a more naked and direct approach from the band, creating a very unique and powerful experience.

The release opens with “A Swan Lake Full of Tears”, a very solemn and melancholic track which also features Nick Moss on guest vocals, adding that extra punch to make the song even more special. Next up, we have the fragile “Barricades” with lush and dramatic piano arrangements alongside Aaron Stainthorpe’s mournful guest vocals. This is certainly our favorite track of the release.

Next up the band delivers “Small.Town.Depression” with a Goth-ish take and Michelle Darkness on guest vocals. This song has that cool Lacrimas Profundere/Solar Flake vibe that we also greatly enjoy. Closing with the heavier “The Forsaken Earth”, Matt Heafy makes a vocal appearance nicely shaping this track and contributing to the onslaught.

As a whole, “Pale Serenades” is a unique release that nicely showcases the band’s different styles over the years and it somewhat unifies them as part of their signature style. The guest appearances in this release are quite excellent and gently add an extra dimension to the band’s music. If you are a fan of the band or the genre, this is a nice release to add to your collection.

Bands: Décembre Noir Album: Pale Serenades

Label: LifeForce Records

Release: September 30th, 2022

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Genre: Melodic Death/Doom Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 95/100

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