Griffon are a band from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a medieval form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "o Theos o Bastileus" which will be released on October 23rd by Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions.
Dark soundscapes and spoken word parts start off the album while the acoustic guitars also give the music more of a medieval atmosphere. The heavy riffs also add in a great amount of melody along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with some folk elements also being used briefly as well as all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them.
When keyboards are utilized they also give the music more of an epic atmosphere along with some pagan chants also being utilized briefly as well as the songs also showing an influence of classical music at times, some of the tracks are also long and epic in length and one track also adds in a brief use of death metal growls and as the album progresses a brief use of clean vocals and throat singing can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of French and English and cover the relationship between temporal and spiritual powers.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Griffon and if you are a fan of melodic medieval black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "L'Ost Capetien" "Abomination" and "Apotheosis".8out of 10.