The second album from Les Chants Du Hasard was released five days ago. This project features black metal without guitars, bass and drums! Only orchestral instruments and the result is a nice orchestral black metal. The track Chant III – Thelxiope,
Two years ago Les Chants Du Hasard made the self-titled debut with an impressive, eponymous neoclassical music pervaded by a venomous black metal aura. A work that brought together the enthusiasts of Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and R. Strauss, the orphans of Elend and the fans of Ulver, Arcturus and Emperor.
Arguably the band’s sophomore release, Livre Second is definitely more focused and confident than its predecessor, getting sole member Hazard closer to what he always wanted to achieve, orchestral music as dark and violent as black metal. The production is clearer, deeper and stronger, the arrangements, richer and full of exquisite details. Even the atmospheres are more majestic than before, and Hazard’s vocals never sounded more tortured, cavernous and evil. The music is grand and bombastic, often with momentous brass and pounding timpani, blaring horns and frenzied strings. The voice have a fascinaiting splintered-glass intensity! The result a music that many would dive into with delight. Daunting and fiercing music!
However, it’s the violent tones of the songwriting that increased dramatically. The innate elegance of classical music, here displayed in all its beauty, emphasizes the emotional roller coaster and the sense of grandeur in Les Chants Du Hasard`s compositions. The songs is constantly with a balance between perturbing dark arias and sharp fragments of grotesque operas Le Voluer d’Yeux, featuring the spirited guest vocals of Vaerohn from Pensées Nocturnes, uplifting Gregorian chants and irrepressible eruptions of rage La Course. Only the nocturnal, romantic charm of L’Evei is able to momentarily untie the lump in the listener’s throat.
As always in my opionion the art work should match the music. This is done with perfection this time also. Les Chants Du Hasard renewed their allegiance with the excellent artist Jeff Grimal (The Great Old Ones). He provided a wonderful cover painting, as intense and enigmatic as the band’s infernal symphonies.