France's Pensees Nocturnes are a solo project from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a mixture of avant garde black metal and neo-classical and this is a review of his 2019 album "Grand Guignol Orchestra" which was released by Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions.
Avant garde style soundscapes start off the album along with some brass instruments being added into the music a few seconds later as well. Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and they also mix circus music in with the heavier sections of the music as well as the vocals also adding in depressive black metal screams.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. The music also mixes in some piano's, accordions, and theremin's.
Melodic guitars leads are also a very huge part of the recording along with some clean avant garde style vocals also being utilized at times. Death metal growls can also be heard briefly as well as some of the tracks being long and epic in length and as the album progresses spoken word parts also make a return in certain sections of the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in French and cover nihilism, solitude and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Pensees Nocturnes and if you are a fan of avant garde black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Deux bals dans la tete" "Les valseuses" and "Triste sade". 8 out of 10.