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.