LESMENTOR - ...Sable Et Soumise... CD
If there is one thing the French are delightfully capable of doing, it's combining their extreme metal with a sense of atonal and experimental dementia, uncompromising dedication and an indecent air of depravity. MÜTIILATION and the diabolic cohorts of the Black Legions, the orthodox DEATHSPELL OMEGA, surrealists BLUT AUS NORD, decadent eclectic junkie DIAPSIQUIR, and more recently the twisted newcomers SMOHALLA and LESMENTOR, who have dug into the utmost depths of diabolically reeking nastiness. Their disjointed expressionist black metal carries the inverted cross of abovementioned Blut Aus Nord (their extensive atonal ramblings) and Diapsiquir (the utterly confused and degenerate mania), skipping across diverse elements in a collage-like fashion, one segment scarier than the other... Not unlike Blut Aus Nord's 2006 album MoRT, the vocals of Sable Et Soumise are equally incomprehensible as they are disturbing, swaying from insane laughter to the howls and murmurs of something spectral from beyond, onwards to more distinct black metal growls and chants. Disturbing are also the sound effects; nocturnal filth-ridden noises crawling on the cellar floor of whatever deranged minds that made this up, from sombre church-bells and choirs to shrill female screams and black and white noises... but even more disturbing (and frequent!) is the violin. Screeching and wailing and humming, it sounds like a modernist nightmare, ripping fiercely at the sanity of whatever poor soul hears it. Sable Et Soumise is a nightmare. Not many riffs are worth remembering; what remains after listening is a rather disturbing feeling of having been violated by something esurient and unwholesome thirsting for your soul; background music for a dinner party where the Night-Gaunts live - the tittering shadowlike creatures flying straight from the restless sleep of H.P. Lovecraft. The Horror. The Anguish.