Love Dimmu Borgir? Then you will probably like Swiss band, Borgne, very much. Very much indeed. This is symphonic inspired black metal of the highest order. What is quite remarkable about Royaume des Ombres though is that this is the sole creation - albeit with a few guest musicians - of one Borneyhake, who plays all instruments, including the cello. Not bad considering. It's not all symphonic though - we did say inspired - and, as the bands bio states, there are equal parts mechanical and industrial, such as opening intro Fall Of The Lost Souls. But it's the choral parts, such as on second track Suffer As I Paid My Grave that really stand out. There is no doubt that Borneyhake and friends probably had nowhere near as big a budget as someone like Dimmu Borgir, or Cradle Of Filth for that matter, and yet he has been able to do so much with so little. So kudos definitely has to go to the guy for this.
Of course there is still raw black metal with buzzing guitars, such as on Only The Dead Can Be Heard whilst All These Screams Through Me starts off with a wonderful acoustic piece, and we can only hope that Borneyhake contines along this path in the future. Its not that we expect him to go all shoegaze on us, but its definitely a strength that he should concentrate on.
Overall, Royaume des Ombres offers close to an hour of decent enough black metal. As we have mentioned, if you are into the likes of Dimmu Borgir, then you will probably more than likely be spilling your pint to this album. Now that Borneyhake has a full line up for live purposes, I am sure that we will be hearing more of Borgne in the near future.