Friday, August 27, 2010

Pensées Nocturnes- Grotesque

Pensées Nocturnes is a 1 man black metal band from France mixing in theatrics and medieval/ neo-classical sounds. The guitar playing is excellent, even some great solos (and if the drums are real there's amazing playing there too). Typically, this isn't my cup of tea. Some of theatrical parts really annoy me, but it's in the same sense of Arcturus, this is just a lot odder. That being said, I enjoy it and probably will keep enjoying it.

I don't see how Khaos[] could call this band typical, anything but, i assure you that some of the melodramatic orchestral parts are worth sitting through for the whole product.

I don't know what's with the French, maybe it's their drinking water, but last year alone we saw two blues tribute/tinged albums from France (Diamatregon's Crossroads and Glorior Belli's Meet Us at the Southern Sign- and for the record I thought Diamatregon's lp was far better). You also have bands like Mystic Forest and even Peste Noire who fool around with blues/medieval sounds.

Put your notions aside and give this a listen if you're in the mood for something diverse, bizarre, and theatrical- vaudeville to say the least.


Really not sure where to buy this, give me a heads up if you find where.



TheIndomitableSpirit August 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Great album although I think that Vacuum is better.

Foutredieu August 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM  

It seems it's still available here:, or:

Anonymous September 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM  

I have to admit; this is pretty awesome.

potain666 December 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Grotesque can be entirely listened to on the page of the band :

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