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Thrash La Reine: With metal opera inspired by French Canadian folk tales.

Thrash La Reine - Notre-Dame-De-l’Enfer

The label Bam&Co. release of Montreal, Quebec’s Thrash La Reine and their new concept album Notre-Dame-De-l’Enfer inspired by French Canadian folk tales. For the album, the band worked with producer Francis Perron (Voivod – The Wake) to create an album of 13 tracks: 9 full songs and 4 instrumental interludes. The album was released on October 29th. The track Au Chant de l’Alouette,

Notre-Dame-De-l’Enfer is the third release from the band following La Foi, La Loi, La Croix(2019) and Le Métal Est Notre Langue (2018). It is the band’s attempt to make a metal opera about French Canadian stories, which will shine some light on francophone folklore presented in an energetic and catchy fashion. The track La Cage De Fer,

The band comments on their signing:

«We are very proud to announce that our new album: Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer, will be released through BAM&Co. We are really pleased to be part of this label, along with bands like Anonymus, BARF and Nova Spei. Some of these bands are the pioneers of the Francophone metal scene in Quebec, and we have been listening to them since we were in high school. They he been an important influence on us. Cannot wait to share the stage with some of these bands!».

For the record’s lead single Au Chant De l’Alouette, Thrash La Reine collaborated with local Montreal band Nova Spei vocalist Dany Duplessis for backing vocals along with him guesting on the song Wendigo. Overall, the concept album will connect with many local Quebec fans, but the band’s goal is to also expose French Canadian culture to more metalheads around the globe.

«Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer’ is an album about French Canadian folklore. Most of these folk tales occur at night, in the cold countryside of the province of Quebec. We made an album that reflects this cold and dark atmosphere. For example, we used down-tuned guitars and bass to create a sonic atmosphere that seems to come from the depths of the Appalachian Mountains. Many of these stories happened in the 18th century during festivities; we also tried to capture the festive aspect of these legends, including a lot of gang vocals. We incorporated some traditional instruments to this album like mandolin, acoustic guitar, strings, accordion, and cowbell! The kind of singing and harmonies we use on this album are also reminiscent of traditional chants».

«These French Canadian folk tales are all about ghosts, witches, sins, and the devil himself! It fits really well with the metal imagery! The album touches on a lot of different styles: fast, slow, sad, happy songs with either coarse or clean vocals. This album captures different colours and emotions. As the themes of the album are really similar, we did a conceptual album with an epic introduction and some transitions between the songs».

Thrash La Reine is recommended for fans of Alestorm, Powerwolf, and King Diamond.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6851 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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