Ars Moriendi are a solo project from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric and progressive mixture of black and dark metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "La solitude du pieux scelerat" which will be released in May by Archaic Sound.
Dark soundscapes and spoken word parts start off the album while atmospheric sounding synths can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals bring in a decent mixture of both black metal screams and death metal growls while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the guitar solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. When acoustic guitars are utilized they also give the songs more of a progressive feeling along with some clean vocals also being added into certain sections of the recording.
Elements of doom and dark metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with some spoken word parts also being utilized at times and as the album progresses an acoustic track is also added onto the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in French and cover darkness, religion and suffering themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ars Moriendi and if you are a fan of atmospheric and progressive black and dark metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "La solitude du pieux scelerat" and "Venefica Part. II Per flammae". 8 out of 10.