Pensees Nocturnes are a solo project from France that plays a mixture of neo-classical, experimental. and avant garde black metal and this is a review of his 2010 album "Grotesque" which was re-issued on vinyl in 2018 by Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.
Neo-classical and militant beats start off the album which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music along with some audience reaction being used briefly and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are a mixture of black metal screams and clean avant garde singing while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and at times the music gets very experimental and most of the tracks a re very long and epic in length.
Clean playing and acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the music while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style along with some stringed instruments also being utilized at times and the songs also mix in a great amount of depressive elements and the tracks also mixes in a great amount of influences from other styles of music and the album closes with an instrumental.
Pensees Nocturnes plays a musical style that takes depressive black metal, experimental, avant garde and neo-classical and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in French and cover nihilism, solitude and nature themes.
In my opinion Pensees Nocturnes are a very great sounding mixture of depressive black metal, experimental, avant garde and neo-classical and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project.Paria" and "Thokk". 8/5 out of 10.