Rural French Black Metal

Autarcie  are  a  duo  from  France  that  play  a  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal.

Despite their name (“Autarchy”), written in runic-like characters and a discography that does not leave much doubt on the political and philosophical orientation of the band, it must be said that this French duo really knows how to do it: their style is an atmospheric black metal with folk tones, obviously aimed at remembering the good times that were when it was all countryside out there. The result involves, convinces and even excites, and there is good taste and sense of the measure in all and I would even say a certain elegance – even in the use of the usual bucolic samples (as opposed to other similar projects in the intent, but much more pazzerelli and out of focus, such as the countrymen and much more famous Peste Noire).

Autarcie  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding  with  some  touches  of  folk  music.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nature  themes. Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid-paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  You  can  also  hear  a great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  90’s  influences.

Nature  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric sounds as well,  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction. The album is also introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of the  songs, which  use a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw feeling, but kind of repetitive as well.

The  album  progresses  with a  brief use  of  folk  elements, but acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  as well and  synths  are  added  onto  the  outro.

Autarcie  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band and you  should  check  out  this  album.

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