Noire are a band from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada that plays a progressive form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 ep 'The Tracks Of The Hunted" which will be released in July.
A very dark and tragic sounding piano intro starts off the ep and on the second track acoustic guitars are added onto t he recording which also gives the songs more of a progressive feeling with the finger picking and full chords and after a couple of minutes tortured voices can be heard in the background.
One of the tracks is very long and epic in length and after the first 2 songs which where all instrumental the music goes into a more heavier and melodic musical direction along with some grim black metal screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads use a great amount of melody.
Some parts of the tracks mix both the acoustic and heavy parts together and clean singing vocals are also added into the music at times while the faster sections of the song bring in a small amount of blast beats and they also bring in an all ambient instrumental and all of the tracks sound different from each other and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the music more of a neo folk feeling and only one song is black metal.
Noire plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in neo folk while also mixing in some ambient and atmospheric black metal elements to create a diverse recording, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover death, darkness and sorrow themes.
In my opinion Noire are a very great sounding progressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "The Tracks of the Hunted". 8 out of 10.