Neptrecus are a band from France that plays a very traditional French form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Ars Gallica" which will be released on August 18th by Purity Through Fire.
World War II era style vocals start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the music is mostly rooted in the 90's French style but very modern at the same time. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording while a couple of tracks also introduces acoustic guitars into the music as well as the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times and as the album progresses a brief use of clean singing and Gregorian chants can also be heard. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in French and cover mythology, history and war themes.
In my opinion Neptrecus are a very great sounding traditional French black metal band and if you are fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Notre Berceau - Notre Tombeau" "Fidelitas" and "Retour aux Sources". 8 out of 10.