Release date: 22 November 2011
Style: Black metal

Rating:

7.4 | 20 votes

Owners:

14 have it
5 want it


01. Silence d'octobre
02. Le triomphe des douze
03. La lame du passé
04. Mon esprit rôde toujours
05. Spectres du solstice
06. Enfants du Lys

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Staff review by
Troy Killjoy

Rating:
8.5
Canadian black metallers Forteresse have been around for about half-a-decade now, slowly but surely rising to prominence within the metal noir Québécois scene. For the uninitiated, the Québec black metal scene is growing rapidly: spearheaded by other bands such as Gris, Akitsa, and Sombres Forêts (to name a few).

Forteresse embody black metal not only in sound, but in philosophy.

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published 26.12.2011 | Comments (25)

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08.12.2011 Steady as she goes...

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Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 09:30  
  I didn't even know this existed until I visited Sepulchral's website yesterday. Phenomenal album that will likely move up in my list before the end of the year.
Array - 09.12.2011 at 19:39  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.12.2011 at 09:30

I didn't even know this existed until I visited Sepulchral's website yesterday. Phenomenal album that will likely move up in my list before the end of the year.

Réally? I remember I listened to one of these songs about a week ago and it was so 'normal' that i thought the album most likely wouldn't be that sweet. I could be wrong though. Sounds were ok ('though too normal), but the songwriting was almost non-existential (in terms of being adventurous). Too bad I don't remember which track it was.
Troy Killjoy - 09.12.2011 at 19:42  
 
Written by Array on 09.12.2011 at 19:39
Réally? I remember I listened to one of these songs about a week ago and it was so 'normal' that i thought the album most likely wouldn't be that sweet. I could be wrong though. Sounds were ok ('though too normal), but the songwriting was almost non-existential. Too bad I don't remember which track it was.

The overall lack of songwriting is what makes this enjoyable for me to be honest. This might as well be one continuous song, as it's essentially just one long tremolo-picked riff-fest that builds on the dark atmosphere throughout the entire album. If you don't enjoy that kind of minimalistic... envelopment (?) then you probably won't find anything about this album enjoyable.

Personally I think it's right up there with MNQ.
Array - 09.12.2011 at 19:45  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.12.2011 at 19:42

^

If it's about an album long minimalism, then I have no problem with it. Then the one part I heard doesn't anymore carry that big a role on its own.

EDIT: Although, whether minimalism is being well-composed or not, it's a hypersubjective question.
Troy Killjoy - 09.12.2011 at 19:48  
 
Written by Array on 09.12.2011 at 19:45
If it's about an album long minimalism, then I have no problem with it. Then the one part I heard doesn't anymore carry that big a role on its own.

Ya for the first minute or so I was like... when does this stop being boring? Then the first song finished, and the album finished, and I was like:

Array - 09.12.2011 at 19:54  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.12.2011 at 19:48




I take that as 'experiencing a great awakening in the crude room'
Marcus - 12.12.2011 at 18:07  
  To me, the folk passages are pretty off-putting to the whole "one constant song" concept. Not to say they're bad, I actually really dig them, but every time one pops up it sort of breaks my trance.
Grody2themax - 14.12.2011 at 01:10  
  I would go as far to say this album is almost sort of obscure. Perhaps its just the album art being so non conforming to a typical black metal album cover though. The higher leads add to the overall atmosphere.
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 01:15  
 
Written by Grody2themax on 14.12.2011 at 01:10
I would go as far to say this album is almost sort of obscure. Perhaps its just the album art being so non conforming to a typical black metal album cover though. The higher leads add to the overall atmosphere.

For the most part their covers have always been "typical" of this brand of black metal: dark, forests, etc. but I think pursuant to the album title (something along the lines of October Dusk) this image is more than appropriate.
Dogsbreakfast - 04.03.2012 at 16:28  
Rating: 2 Sorry, absolute crap from beginning to end. When I say "end" I really mean the point at which my patience came to an end. They certainly did nothing to help the situation with their spoon-slapping Quebecois folk and lyrical content. If these guys play at any local festivals this summer you will find me in line somewhere for a $7 hot-dog or a piss.

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