FT-17 are a band from France that plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Marcellin s' en va-t-en guerre".
Spoken word samples start off the album and after the intro the recording starts bringing in more of a dark, heavy, and melodic musical sound along with some tragic sounding piano's and when vocals are added into the music they are angry black metal screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic and the music also brings in military war music and battle samples at times while the faster sections of the music use blast beats and brings in more of a raw style of black metal and throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
As the album progresses spoken word parts make a return in certain sections of the recording while a later track brings in a small amount of acoustic and classical guitars as well as a small amount of clean singing vocals and another song is very long and epic in length and you can also hear the influence of death metal in the bands musical style at times and the last song brings in operatic female vocals.
FT- 17 plays a style of black metal that can be raw at times while the main focus remains on a melodic style and the piano's also makes the songs stand out a bit more, the production sounds very raw yet heavy while the lyrics are written in French and cover World War I and Historical themes.
In my opinion FT-17 are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "La fluer au fusil" "L'enfer de verden" and "La derniere tranchee". 8 out of 10.