Most of you are likely familiar with the band Skyforest. You might also be familiar with many of the artist’s other projects such as Hiki, Autumn’s Kingdom and Annorkoth. But it seems as though BM’s latest project, Délice, has flown right under most people’s radar.
Like most of BM’s work, Sillage, Délice’s debut album, is post black metal of the highest caliber. And much like Skyforest, there’s a calm, inviting atmosphere to this album, though the mood is much more nostalgic than surreal. The blurry, muddled guitar tones create a misty-eyed tone that sets the album apart from BM’s more upbeat body of work.
It’s a refreshing change of pace, as Sillage explores musical territory BM often doesn’t with his other bands. He embraces the “post” aspect of “post metal” much more, and plays around with more downtrodden chord progressions. This album acts as a Yang to Unity’s Ying.
This album also feels a lot more concise than most of Skyforest and Annorkoth’s discographies. At 37 minutes long, it’s already a lean cut but even that brief runtime flies by. I think it speaks to the quality of the material that it feels much shorter than it really is. Time flies when you’re having fun, after all. And when it’s over I’m always reaching for the replay button.
It’s a shame this album isn’t getting the same attention as Skyforest’s music, as I’d argue it deserves it more. This is BM’s strongest album yet. The only reason I haven’t posted about it sooner is because I thought I already did. If you’re into this sort of black metal, and even if you’re not, it’s well worth a listen. Hopefully there will be a vinyl press down the road.