SÜHNOPFER, hailing from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, return with their most fully realised release to-date of blasting, emotive, edge-of-seat Baroque Black Metal.
“Nous sommes d’Hier“, the band’s 4th full length since formation in 2001, finds sole member and multi-instrumentalist Ardraos continuing to explore a medieval universe in his quest to restore the tarnished glory of the Bourbons – marching between the Middle Ages and the modern era to weave compulsive tales of dark times, remembered legends and places that resonate with the death of an age.
Using master musicianship and tightly honed songwriting SÜHNOPFER intertwine frantically flowing drums, ardent volleys of shapeshifting classical guitar melodies and desperately impassioned vocals. The album incorporates choral themes from Baroque composers Charpentier and Cherubini, and features a guest spot for Vindsval (BLUT AUS NORD) providing choirs/lead guitar to the exceptional “Sermon sur le Trépassement“.
The record concludes with “Le Bal des Laze“, a cover version of a late ’60s song from French chanson artist Polnareff. Performed originally as a funeral march, the track lends itself perfectly to a Black Metal adaptation and epitomises SÜHNOPFER‘s sense of daring as a living emanation from a boisterous past.
Ardraos – Drums, bass, electric & acoustic guitars, choirs, vocals.
:: Additional Infos ::
Music & lyrics by Ardraos.
Written between January 2019 & November 2020.
Drums recorded April to July 2021 at Improve Tone Studio.
Guitars recorded October 2021 to March 2022 at Improve Tone Studio.
Bass recorded April to May 2022 at Improve Tone Studio.
Vocals recorded May to July 2022 at the Prieuré de Chirat.
Mixed August 2022 to January 2023 at NKS Studio.
Mastered March 2023 at Upload Studio.
Additional choir & guitars on “Sermon sur le Trépassement” by Vindsval.
Original theme used on “D.S.F.R.“, H. 291 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Original theme used on “Derniers Sacrements“, Requiem in C minor by Luigi Cherubini.
“Le Bal des Laze” written by P. Delanoë & M. Polnareff, 1968.
Cover painting, “Roi déchu“, by Charles Dubus, 2023. 23 x 26 cm, mixed techniques on paper, all rights reserved.
Layout by Javert & Ardraos.
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