|Artwork: Topher Crowley|
French band Averse have added the 2010 release The Endesque Chants to their Bandcamp. This is progressive black metal, or rather this is 70's tinged progressive rock mixed with explosive post-black metal parts. There's lots of acoustic interplay, including a lovely instrumental. Instruments like clarinet, harp and violin gives some of the quieter passages a folkish feeling, not entirely unlike early King Crimson. The black metal parts are intricate and appropriately harsh.
The musicianship is outstanding from everyone involved, the production is warm and organic sounding, and lets you enjoy every single well played note. I like this a lot, but if the idea of Tales from Topographic Oceans era Yes with occasional double kick drumming and harsh vocals sends you screaming, then you should perhaps skip this. Here's a review from Don't Count On It Reviews.
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Besides the cover, the download includes images of the lyrics, credits and thanks.