Pénitence Onirique play scathing black metal, filled with dark atmosphere and with a foreboding presence.
Razor sharp vocals lash out from the music like barbs, lacerating with ease, while the music washes over you like a burning blaze of blackened fury. Oh yes.
The songs are fast and vicious, with the uptempo instruments seeming to merge into a single sharp spike of coruscating emotive atmosphere, acting as one with lethal intent. The band do slow the pace here and there, showing that they can also create effective music without going at lightning speed all of the time.
For anyone who’s into second wave black metal, this is an easy album to like. The dark melodies and atmospheric speed seem to just slip out of the speakers with ease, straight into your waiting ear-hole.
Reminiscent of a sort of cross between Emperor, Limbonic Art and Hecate Enthroned in some ways, this is black metal played with authenticity, passion and skill.