Heir – Au Peuple de l’Abîme (Review)

HeirThis is the debut album from French post-black metallers Heir.

So what makes this post-black metal? Well, that would be the sludge and hardcore influences that are liberally strewn around.

The band’s music is intense, dark, and full of characterful malevolence. Wasting no time in messing around with pointless intros, the album starts off with some pitch-black blasting and takes us from there. Abducts us, might be more accurate. Au Peuple de l’Abîme is a wild ride, after all, but one that’s not without subtlety, nuance, or spaces for paused reflection.

This is a multifaceted and richly textured release, one that’s layered in grime and evil atmospheres. Blasting insanity only forms a part of their sound, and Heir’s material is intelligently crafted for all its base barbarity, so that multiple speeds, moods, and shades of black are explored and mapped out with the ease of veterans. It’s clear that they know what they’re doing with their style.

Think of furious blackened hardcore, stretch this out almost to breaking point, add in some darkened texture and post-black metal explorations, throw in some murky sludge, add a smidgen of occult ritual, and you have Au Peuple de l’Abîme. Somewhere between Hexis and Regarde les Hommes Tomber, maybe? Either way, Heir have produced an impressive and enjoyable album, one that carries the torch for filthy, hybridised black metal, while allowing their own personality to shine brightly.

Very highly recommended.

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