You had better brush up on your French, because this month we head to French Canada, or more specifically Quebec, for Brume d'Automne. And if the other release reviewed this week for Sepulchral Productions, Borgne, could be considered inspired by Dimmu Borgir, then we would say that Brume d'Automne were more inspired by Darkthrone, even if their label describes them as blending black metal with traditional/folkloric music. Perhap's it's the low-fi sound that gives them away, or perhaps its that Brume d'Automne sound so filthy and raw. Then again, songs like Traditionnelle IV even remind us of Iron Maiden a little. Well, just a little.
Brume d'Automne's first album Fiers et Vicoriux was apparently a large influence on the Quebec black metal scene - one that could almost be considered as a genre in its own right - and its not hard to hear why.
The only real criticism of Brume d'Automne is the production. Its not that we don't like this raw vibe, but at times, some of the instruments are hard to hear over others. This is especially so for the vocals, while at other times, the guitars are battling to be heard over the crashing cacophony of the drums, which seem to be set higher in the mix. It's also a problem when it does come to the bands folk elements. Yes, they can be heard, such as on Rouge Souvenir d'Antant, but you have to struggle to do so.
With their next recording, hopefully Brume d'Automn will overcome these minor quips to make something truly outstanding. In the meantime, Brume d'Automne is still a worthwhile purchase for those whose interest has been piqued.