Silhouette – Les Retranchements (I Get It You Don’t Atmopheric Black Metal)


I was trying to understand the hate I saw this debut getting on the onlines but then I remembered most people are idiots and I’m the best at this review thing. To summarize the brief lameness I witnessed, I read that Les Retranchements was lacking focus in its combination of the delicate with the harsh. Was I listening to something else? Oh, I get it, the rest of you cucks are just inexperienced. Got it. The black metal is typical, many seem to have said. This mentality seems to lack of an important thread; namely that mixing typical with astounding is effective.


Silhouette are not exactly typical, either, even for atmospheric black metal. The guitars mix a wide variety of dark style including neofolk and funeral doom, but the overall goal is the creation of a plaintive, romantic suffering instead of the usual spite that moves the majority of the genre. Where other black metal of the atmospheric type is below, Silhouette is in an empyrean domain. The delicate female vocals are a particular focus, but never overwhelming the rest, they serve as merely one stitch in the deceased bridal veil covering your head as you listen. Beautifully melancholic, it will probably make you cry in the right way.


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Written by Stanley, Devourer of Souls

Silhouette – Les Retranchements
Antiq Records

Cover Art: Lilas Dupont (Ondine)
4.6 / 5