Metal Review – Peste Noire – L’Ordure à l’État Pur (2011)

Peste Noire - L'Ordure à l'État PurThe latest release from French black metal outfit Peste Noire, L’Ordure à l’État Pur, is somewhat of a curve to those of us long-time fans. While black metal remains at the core of their music, it is not at the forefront on this release. La Sale Famine de Valfunde’s approach to this release is somewhat different, albeit still Peste Noire at it core. Black metal purists will not get into this release, but I am stil into what was done on this one.

Containing only five tracks, each of which is longer than eight minutes though, L’Ordure à l’État Pur is a feast for the ears, and eyes if you sit back and envision what the artist is seeing on this one. Production-wise, this release is tops on their discography. The production is slick and clean on this one, although the music is still weird.

Songwise, each track is its own entity and is fun for its own reason. Remember, we only have five tracks, so they had each better be worth it, and they are. It is too hard to tell which one is my actual favorite on the album, but I keep going back and forth with Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions and J’avais rêvé du Nord, the latter of which is 20+ minutes in length.

Overall, fans of Peste Noire know that they are getting into something a little weird with each release, so this one is not that much of a stretch of the imagination, but black metal purists may find this one a to be a tough pill to swallow.

L’Ordure à l’État Pur Track Listing:
1. Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions
2. Cochon Carotte et les sœurs Crotte
3. J’avais rêvé du Nord
4. Sale Famine Von Valfoutre
5. La condi hu

Famine: Lyrics and songwriting, acoustic & electric guitar, dulcimer, rasps & PMU, chicken imitation

Vicomte Chtedire de Kroumpadis – Cask and various pots and pans
Le Indria – Bass, fretless bass
Audrey – Vocals / Vocals (soprano) / Dove Imitation
Engwar – Cello, timpani, monastic vocals on « Condi hu »
Miss Peste N̬gre РAccordion
Rachid de France – Trombone
Lulu l’ermite – Guest vocals on « J.R.D.N. » and « Sale Fa »
Seigneur Arawn – Guest vocals on « J.R.D.N. »
L’Atrabilaire Maldo – Langue d’oc sermons

  • Good album but short review…