Chateau Noir are a duo from Ukraine that plays a very old school and hateful form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Troubadours Of Pestilence" which was released as a joint effort between Subterranean Aftersounds and Darker than Black Records.
A very medieval sounding intro starts off the album along with some elements of folk music 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 while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era.
When synths are mixed in with the heavier sections of the music they also give the songs more of an atmospheric feeling. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one track also bringing in a brief use of spoken word parts and they also bring in a cover of Absurd's "Mourning Soul" which also adds in a small amount of clear vocals as well as some clean playing also being added on the outro.
Chateau Noir plays a style of black metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's French and Polish forms of the genre. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover darkness and mysticism themes.
In my opinion Chateau Noir are a very great sounding old school black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dark Castle of Pestilence" and "The Victorious Flame". 8 out of 10.