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Les Chants Du Hasard
Les Chants Du Hasard
Type: CD
Company: I, Voidhanger
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 6/6/2017
One of the creepiest things I've possibly ever heard!
When I think of black metal, I think of a sound that elicits a dark, cold atmosphere that is bleak, stark and unfriendly. The guitars sound like a swarm of angry bees and the vocals are venomous and emotive. What Les Chants Du Hasard has created with this album is none of the above but is an attempt by the lone creative force behind the project to redefine black metal. What you get on this release is one of the creepiest things I've possibly heard in my entire time of listening to metal. This effort is mainly an orchestral score with evil Benedictine monk chants and some pretty sinister black metal vocals sprinkled in throughout. There are no guitars, no drums or bass at all on this album and I didn't find myself missing them. For many people, the complete absence of guitars, drums, bass and vocals for the most part might turn them away from this album. Passing over it because it's lacking those things would be an error of epic proportions. The quality of the orchestral pieces combined with the creepy chanting and sinister vocals really delivers a very striking package and take on black metal that I guarantee you will not find anywhere else. This is one of the most intriguing releases I've heard this year and because it's so different, it makes it really enjoyable and the atmosphere alone is worth the listen. If you're looking for something super creepy and very different, then this is definitely the release for you.
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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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