Moulin Banal are a duo from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that plays a mixture of raw black metal and Quebecois folk music and this is a review of their 2019 ep "Le Rythme Du Marechal Ferrant" which will be released in April by Grey Matter Productions.
Field recordings start off the ep along with some spoons a few seconds later before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats, When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very raw and melodic style.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.Mandolin's and Merlin's are also added into some parts of the music while clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and a couple of the tracks are folk music instrumentals.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the music while some of the faster sections of the songs bring in the raw aggression of war metal. One track also introduces acoustic guitars on the recording and as the ep progresses a brief use of clean vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics are written in French and cover the history of the French settlers in the New World.
In my opinion Moulin Banal are a very great sounding mixture of raw black metal and Quebecois folk music if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Labourez!" and "Pain Moisl". 8 out of 10.