“Plus Une Maine A Mordre”

By Dr. Abner Mality

Listening to this is like being sucked into the middle of a black hole. No light escapes its grasp. It is a darkness that swallows you whole.

Throane is basically a one man band, the creation of one Dehn Sora, an artist who has worked with Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega in the past. The influences of those bands are palpable here. This is the kind of unorthodox black metal that is not so concerned with standard “songs” per se as much as creating a suffocating sound of gloom. The album roars at you with crushing ferocity on “Aux Tirs et Aux Traits” …the guitars are a punishing wall…but it soon gives way to uneasy ambience and dark melodies ala Blut Aus Nord. Even the melodic parts are relentlessly grim. As you can tell, the lyrics are all in French, but it doesn’t matter much because the vocals are indecipherable roars and muttering.

Doom also plays a sizable part in Throane’s attack. The lengthy title track is almost unendurablely slow and monotonous, like a trudge towards the graveyard. Not every song here is excessive in length, thankfully, but all are bleak with no let up. “Plus Une Maine a Mordre” is not a pleasant listen by any stretch of the imagination, but for those unafraid to dive into the abyss, it’s a compelling work.