CACHOT D'EFFROI
Dans Le Cimetière Abandonné
(Misanthropia Discos)
41:07min

CACHOT D’EFFROI is a one-man atmospheric and raw Black Metal band hailing from France, helmed by the singular Carcasse Enchainee. “Dans Le Cimetière Abandonné” is a re-issue of their debut demo from 2023, a stark and bleak exhibition of minimalistic and entrancing death music, released through Misanthropia Discos. Opening with ‘Depuis Ma Paillasse’, a brief intro of subtle clean guitar, atmospherics, and keyboard swells, CACHOT D’EFFROI sets the tone and atmosphere for the record. ‘Cachot D’Effroi’ follows the intro, laying down a circular mosaic of misery in the form of a drawn out four chord progression that collectively shifts up and down in pitch to create and invoke tension. The repetitious delivery of the primary riff over and over creates an enchantment, one the listener can get lost in. ‘Torches De Ma Solitude’ slows things down to a painful crawl, an almost Funeral Doom approach to the structuring, with a very simple lonesome melody propelling the song forward in its zombie like state. ‘L’Ombre Qui Plane’ picks up the pacing after a brief intro segment, invoking ancient ARMAGEDDA with its furious drumming patterns and stark, bleak riffing. ‘Les Chaînes Entourent L’Horizon’ follows in a similar state, with plenty of variation throughout its structure. Not everything is slow or mid-tempo on the record, ‘Scramasaxe’ is an up-tempo number that rides atop a d-beat style rhythm, another four chord primary riff grinds along with manic vocals exploding over top. With raw Black Metal, boiling tracks down to their base components is a tedious exercise, considering how minimalistic the music generally is. What matters is instrumentation and production, with “Dans Le Cimetière Abandonné” there is an emphasis on both guitar and vocals as being the most dominant in the mix. While not drenched in reverb, the guitars give off a distant and foreboding sensation, while not being terribly treble-heavy, there is body and substance here. The vocals are tempered, at times intense and at other times moderated, with a touch of distortion washed over them. The programmed drums are straightforward, alternating between blast beats and more conventional rhythms, with a flat boxy tone to the snare and an artificial tinny sound to the cymbal work. Overall, the programmed drums are and don’t stake a commanding position in the mix. If you’re wanting Black Metal in the vein of AKITSA, DEPARTURE CHANDELIER and early FORTERESSE, you can do no wrong with “Dans Le Cimetière Abandonné”, a terminally bleak exhibition of the more raw and atmospheric side of Black Metal. For more information on CACHOT D’EFFROI, check out https://cachotdeffroi.bandcamp.com, and for more information on Misanthropia Discos, see http://misanthrophia-discos.blogspot.com.

Andrew Krause

Andrew Krause

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