Ars Moriendi are a 1 man band from France that plays a very atmospheric and dark form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "La Singuleriere Noirceur D' Un Astre" which was released by Archaic Sound.
Screams and sound effects starts off the album along with some spoken word parts which also leads to elements of trip hop making their way into the music and after a couple of minutes the music starts getting more heavier and atmospheric along with some synths and black metal screams and you can also hear some melodic guitar leads being utilized.
All of the musical instruments on the album sound very powerful and the music also speeds up at times with some black metal guitar riffing and adds in a small amount of blast beats while the guitar leads utilize progressive elements in certain sections of the recording which also leads to clean playing and acoustic guitars becoming a huge part of the bands musical sound while the main focus is on the more heavier parts.
All of the songs are very long and epic in length and their is also a decent amount of melody in the music along with a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and there is also a great amount of atmospheric, trip hop and ambient sounds being added into the music in the parts where synths are added, as the album progresses the music gets more diverse and every song sounds different from each other as well as all of them standing out on their own and on a couple of the tracks there is a brief use of clean singing male and female vocals and spoken word parts.
Ars Moriendi create a very original style of black metal with his musical sound finding a perfect balance between darkness, atmosphere, melody and heaviness as well as adding in elements of trip hop, progressive and dark ambient to his epic structures, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in French and cover darkness and cosmos themes.
In my opinion Ars Moriendi are a very great sounding atmospheric dark/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Verite" and "Ars Moriendi". 8 out of 10.