Peste Noire - Folkfuck Folie [Transcendental Creations - 2008]The wonderfully entitled Folkfuck Folie is the second album from distinctive sounding French Black project Peste Noire who line their blacked craft with touches of NWOBM, punk, prog and all manner of bizarre & surprising edger’s.
Folkfuck Folie really follows on in a similar vein to their first album La Sanie des siècles - Panégyrique de la dégénéres(reviewed here) but turns up the strange, quirky elements of their sound like; field recordings, folk touches, weird creepy dwells and slower moments and what ever else they fancy throw in along the way. But it also lessen the more metallic guitar solo elements that littered their debut album. The tracks are often quite bass heavy in there mixing bringing to mind early Necromantia, with the pace often been quite up-beat often galloping blacked metallic fair, with many of the tracks been alive with damn memorable if often quirky riffs. The sound here is slightly more polished than their debut, but thankful not losing that shambolic edge that made it so rewarding.
A few of my favourite moments come in the form of; L'Envol du Grabataire (Ode à Famine) with it’s cold cinematic clean guitar and ominous bird sound sample opening- which then cracks into a mixing ringing grim guitar tone, 80’s metallic fair and effective retro clear guitar atmospherics. Condamné à la Pondaison (Légende Funèbre) with it’s highly memorable riff that mangers to balance blacked tone and campness wonderfully, mid-way through they throwing you into a strange sea of aquatic and monster field recordings before build back up the pace once more. Or the seriously deranged Extrait Radiophonique d'Antonin Artaud which is made up of freaky yet slightly comical vocalising, gong tones and what sounds like someone banging a big pair of boots together.
Really if you dig blackled metal with strange, quirky and distivite edgers -you’ve really got to check Peste Noire very one off and often bizarre take on the genre.Roger Batty