French-Canadian stronghold of black metal mysticism SEPULCHRAL PRODUCTIONS announces July 9th as the international release date for GRIS’ À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée… and SOMBRES FORÊTS‘ La Mort du Soleil. Both releases are highly anticipated, as GRIS and SOMBRES FORÊTS hail from the white-hot Quebecois black metal scene, and both bands have well-regarded back catalogs. From the very beginning, SEPULCHRAL PRODUCTIONS has been at the epicenter of the Quebecois black metal scene, releasing monumental recordings by the likes of FROZEN SHADOWS, FORTERESSE, NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR, MONARQUE, BRUME D’AUTOMNE, UTLAGR, and NEIGE ETERNELLE among others.
Five-and-a-half years after the unforgettable Il Était Une Forêt album and after the Miserere Luminis project, GRIS resume their trip with their highly anticipated third album, À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée… – and once again, a masterpiece is born. Featuring two symmetric parts for a total of 80 minutes, the 2CD À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée… sees the duo of Icare and Neptune integrate more of the classical and acoustic parts displayed by the last track of their second album into their unique, melancholic black metal. A painfully beautiful album in any language, which will be available in both the regular 2CD version and in a six-panel double-digipack version limited to 500 copies.
Tracklisting for GRIS’ À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée…
2) Les forges
7) Seizième prière
9) Une épitaphe de suie
SOMBRES FORÊTS is back with its third album, La Mort du Soleil, which sees the band take on a more atmospheric and introspective approach. By incorporating some influence from his more shoegazing Miserere Luminis solo-project, SOMBRES FORÊTS mastermind Annatar offers an album that is rich in atmosphere and textures, where dissonant and droning guitars glide into the acoustic parts and tortured vocals that have become the group’s trademark combination over the years. As illustrated by its alluring cover, a journey to dark and stormy lands awaits!
Tracklisting for SOMBRES FORÊTS’ La Mort du Soleil
1) Des Épaves
2) Étrangleurs de Soleils
4) Au Flambeau
6) La Disparition