Thursday, January 6, 2011

CAUCHEMAR - La Vierge Noire CDEP review

CAUCHEMAR - La Vierge Noire CDEP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Genre: Doom/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

Seventies Heavy Metal infused Doom with haunting female vocals and lyrics sung in French. Can I die now? CAUCHEMAR are a three piece from Quebec, Canada. Their band name is French for "nightmare" and the release title means "the black madonna". OK now I can die because in the past few years there have been a bunch of bands who have fished the heavy metal waters of the 70s with mixed results. This one is definitely onto something which sounds retro but not copycat. The band started out in 2007, formed by vocalist/bassist Annick Giroux and guitarist Fran├žois Patry. Their goal was to simply create some heavy doom metal sounds which is kinda unique for Quebec since, as far as extreme metal goes, it's already known for Tech Death and Suicidal Black Metal bands. Along the way they picked up drummer Patrick Pageau and now we have here their debut release. La Vierge Noire is only five cuts which come over with a casual feel. This is laid back metal but not stoner reprise. It just sounds as if the trio was very care free about recording this. To me that's the pure Doom aesthetic at work. Musically they come off sounding close to PAGAN ALTAR, early PRIEST, SAINT VITUS and a little bit of SABBATH. Annick's got the pipes which give it a cold feeling throughout. No high pitched screaming to jolt you out of your zone. In fact I don't even think this band cares. I love it! Finally here's a band that just doesn't give a damm. They're decent but I'd like to hear a whole lot more.



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