Parade are a 1 man band from France that plays a very atmospheric and ambient form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2009 demo "Vieilles Pierres".
"Intro (dans sa demeure de r'lyeh la Morte)" starts off with an acoustic guitar piece which utilizes both finger picking and full chords to set up as an introduction to the demo.
"Ritual In Transfigured Times (Mayan Deren)" starts off a slow black metal riff and synths before going into the grim, depressive screams and drum programming while also keeping the synth and guitars and as the song moves on the fast and primitive parts start kicking in while retaining the ambient elements as well as switching back and forth between the fast and slow parts, and close to the 6 minute mark the guitars and vocals vanish for awhile with the song focusing on ambience for a minute before going back to the heavier elements which also close the song.
"l' acte Clscologiaque" starts off with a slow and melodic black metal riff along with some drum programming with the riffing using some variety and there are no vocals with the music being all instrumental.
"Vieilles Pierres" starts off with some slow depressive black metal riffs being combined with drum programming and acoustic guitars which utilize full chords before going into a more mid paced direction along with some grim vocals in the background which leads to blast beats, faster, primitive guitars and suicidal screams which also leads to the switch back and forth between slow, mid paced and fast.
"Outro" is mostly spoken word samples and avant garde sounds as well as some acoustic guitars which also closes the demo.
Song lyrics are written in French and cover Surrealism, Darkness and Nightmares, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound with the bass playing being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Parade are a very great sounding mixture of ambient, atmospheric and depressive black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this project and it is available here, http://www.mediafire.com/download/1y21bhl1cb4zash/Parade_-_Vieilles_pierres.zip. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ritual In Transfigured Times (Mayan Deren)" and "Vieilles Pierres". RECOMMENDED.