Type: CD Company: Aesthetic Death Release: 2017 Genre: Black Reviewer: Greg Watson Published: 9/14/2017
A triumphant release by one of the pioneers of avant garde black metal
'Inquietum' is the result of 10 years of work that makes up this album which is actually comprised of 4 EP's. First and foremost that if you are looking for 'Min Tid Skal Komme' era Fleurety, this isn't it. If you are hoping for them to return to their avant garde styling in general however, you are definitely in the right place.
The eight tracks that make up 'Inquietum' are a wondrous mix of black metal and the weird, bizarre musical stylings that fans of Fleurety have come to expect. There are jazz elements, pop music elements and so many other styles present that just really hit you from every angle. I was very nervous about listening to this one as I was unsure what to expect from this release from a band that I am extremely fond of. And after several listens, I am very pleased with what the band has done. You can hear a definite evolution from 2000's 'Department of Apocalyptic Affairs' and it seems as though the band is really focused on rediscovering themselves.
Reviewing music of this magnitude and depth is no easy task and if I were to attempt to try and cover each song, this review would just be ridiculously long. So that being said, just know that if you are a fan of Fleurety, regardless of the era of the band, you need to go out and listen to this one at least once. While it isn't wholly black metal throughout, there is something for their fans on this album and I for one am thoroughly pleased with the result of the work the band has done to give us 'Inquietum'. This one is definitely on my Album of the Year list and is one that will defintely remain in heavy rotation for years to come.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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