LeMarchand are a duo from brazil that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Kari Mara" which was released by Acta Non Verba Rex.
A nature orientated intro starts off the album along with some synths and spoken word parts a few seconds later which also bring in more of an epic atmosphere as well as only being utilized on the intros and outro. Vocals are mostly tortured sounding black metal screams which also get very deep sounding at times.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a great portion of the tracks also being very long and epic in length. The songs also add in a great amount of old school influences as well as one track also adding in acoustic guitars and elements of folk music.
Clean vocals can also be heard on a couple of tracks as well as the black metal screams also going in more of a high pitched direction on later songs. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic 90's style along with each song also sounding very different from each other which also gives the album more diversity. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Portuguese and English and cover Paganism, South American Mythology, Occultism, Satanism and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from LeMarchand and if you are a fan of raw pagan and occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Saci - O Sádico" "Guará - O Clado" and "Floresta de Carne, Sangue & Ossos". 8/5 out of 10.