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- Melodic black metal
- May 2019
Today I’m chilling with some new black metal out of France, Ferriterium. It’s fairly straight forward using the usual black metal techniques and styles but there is the welcomed addition of melodic elements like higher keys and some range on the growled vocals. Kind of like if you took the best parts of bands like Cradle Of Filth and toned it down, blending it with modern black metal sensibilities. It’s more expression using aggression than hollow bravado which is how I like my black metal. It feels tribal or folky at times as well but it’s more of an accent than a direction. The thing is, it’s one of those classic one man black metal bands, so keep that in mind and know how impressive that is that he is being compared to large bands musically. None of the instruments feel particularly weak which tends to be the case with these kinds of projects – usually the drums – but they’re more than serviceable on this record.
I’m not a huge fan of vague track listing on a record. Until about halfway through it all sounds pretty similar but it is decent quality. There’s a consistent underlying sound using high note tremolo picking. I enjoy it on the level I enjoy post metal where I put it on and do other things, occasionally returning to my ears for certain peaks and transitions. I like that it doesn’t demand much of my energy or attention by using obnoxious mixing or tactics. It also doesn’t go too deep into the melodic aspect to the point of being tacky. He has a good middle ground with room to add variation. The second half of the album does have a bit of a shift with a series of build ups and pay offs, the vocals don’t get tiring either. They are really growing on me.
Good album cover, I can’t find who did it but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Ferriterium himself or someone close to him. If there’s someone I should credit and follow on insta let me know about that. There’s good line work and use of symbolism at play. I also quite like the multiple layers of framing used. There’s not a whole heap of information available, with even the Metallum at this point being mostly “n/a” in this information fields. This is a pretty new release that I think will get around quite well with it’s eye catching imagery and easy to listen to production and style.
Overall I’d recommend it to fans of modern black metal and post metal, even more so combined. I’ll definitely have it handy for when I consider what albums to play while studying or writing.