OSSUAIRE
Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile
(Nihilistic Holocaust)
17:53min

It’s not much more than a year ago that I had a tape version of this release on my plate. This release means the demo tape of a still too unknown band from France named OSSUAIRE. Originally released in 2005, this demo recording still sounded forcing and convincing when I heard them for the first time. Taking into concern that “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” was already about ten years old back then, it is not exaggerated to use the term “timeless” in this case. Brutal Death Metal with a certain bias for the old heroes of US Death Metal of the time around 1990 was the game OSSUAIRE played on “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile”. The short songs were a little bit technical, but not too technical or complex. Listening to the four songs (and one fine intro) again even was a bigger joy now. Songs like the neckbreaking title track or the brilliantly grooving ‘Le Fléau’ haven’t lost a tiny bit of intensity. So, why am I writing words of praise again? It’s just because “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” was just re-released again, this time on CD, just the way it was originally done by the band. Everybody who doesn’t own a tape deck anymore should now be able to dig this gem. And as I already stated, OSSUAIRE are worth to be checked out. Find them at http://ossuaire-deathmetal.blogspot.fr or visit the label to get “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” at http://nihilistic-webzine-distro.fr

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

OSSUAIRE
Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile
(Nihilistic Holocaust)
17:53min

The French outfit OSSUAIRE is a long-time active Death Metal band from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot in the Aquitaine area. But despite the fact that they are around since the year 2000, they haven’t yet released that much of their music. One demo, a self-financed album (“Mortes Fables" in 2010) and one song on a compilation resp. 4-way split CD a year later – that’s it to date! Now their demo-recording “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” from 2005, originally on CD, is available again. This time on good old tape and with an independent label in charge. The songs on “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” might be ten years of age now, but they don’t sound like old farts. Instead, OSSUAIRE present us somehow old-fashioned, yet timeless Metal of Death, in the French language. Somewhere in between CANNIBAL CORPSE and MORBID ANGEL, OSSUAIRE blend complexity with brutality to create violent and neckbreaking stuff like ‘Necrofistum Prima Nocte’ or the title track. And this mix is spiced with other fine ingredients as well, like in the intro ‘L’eveil Mes Morts’, where a graveyard atmosphere meets crunching, grooving riffs. In my personal fave ‘Le Fléau’, those brutal groove parts in mid tempo send us greetings from BOLT THROWER. To end the tape worthy, ‘Trolla Infectum Phallus’ bangs some heads in a more complex way. I can only say that “Le Troubadour Nécrophageophile” is a rather overlooked gem of continental European Metal of Death which should receive a little more attention with this re-release. I raise both thumbs and advise lovers of finest Death Metal to keep their open for OSSUAIRE. To do so, visit the band at: http://ossuaire-deathmetal.blogspot.fr, and the responsible label at: http://nihilistic.voila.net

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

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