Visionaries Penitence Onirique step out of the shadows with the phenomenal debut album “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” An undisputed masterpiece mixing the best ingredients of melodic and avant-garde black metal. A release worth to be known as one of the best of 2016!
Following Death’s footprints
Penitence Onirique is a bicephalous collective that hails from Autricum, France. It is exactly the type of bands that make me do what I do everyday – promote unknown artists with an exceptional talent. Not so long ago, these guys started to spread death and misery. The band was born in 2015 and a year later their debut full-length “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” was out but only visible to connoisseurs with an endless curiosity for underground music.
As appears on Metal-Archives, the members of this mysterious convention have no other relations to projects of both extreme and non-extreme nature. However, considering their expertise right from the very first album, I suspect we are just seeing the tip of an iceberg. This leads me to….
V.I.T.R.I.O.L is a multi-layered composition, each exploring aspects of death and the levels of pain
Normally, I hate to compare one band to another. Some take it as a compliment yet others feel insulted. That’s why, I’d rather focus on what is unique rather than comparing and giving useless grades. However, this is one of the rare moments when I will make an exception. Upon the first spin, “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” resonated with Mgla’s “Exercises in Futility.” The more I was plunging into the track list, the more I realized that I was actually right.
In spite of the fact that “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” has been composed by a newborn band, each of its songs tell another story. Penitence Onirique have proven to be as mature sounding as a role model such as Mgla. I think the core of their music is closely connected as both deal with aspects of death and the heavy burden of life…
“V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” captures the cold feeling of pain growing from inside. All these powerful melodies dripping with disappointment make the tragic reality a scenery, so much more beautiful. It’s hard to resist the brilliant quality of the overall production. Every note has its purpose to steal breath by breath until you fade away.
I am sure this album will be the best 50 minutes spent in your daily routine. While listening to it, time is irrelevant. It’s just you, the falling leaves and Death; slowly replacing the light of day with an impenetrable darkness. You know there is no exit, but you don’t care anyway for you are rejoicing in misery. In a twisted way, isn’t exactly what life is all about – to be happy?
Penitence Onirique – V.I.T.R.I.O.L
Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions, release: 16.09.2016
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1. L’âme sur les pavés
2. Le soufre
3. Le sel
5. Carapace de fantasme vide
Total running time: 47:18