Creatures are a solo project from France that plays a musical style he describes as being horror metal which mixes symphonic black metal, death, doom, and ambient music together and this is a review of his 2016 album "Le Noir Village" which will be released on October 25th by Antiq Label.
Nature sounds along with classical guitars start off the album and after awhile spoken word parts and background female vocals are added onto the recording which also start getting more powerful after awhile and once the music gets heavy they also weird in weird goth style keyboards and grim black metal screams.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing and death metal growls can also be heard at times along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads are done in a very melodic direction and clean singing male vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the slower sections of the songs are very heavily influenced by doom metal and w hen the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and violins can also be heard at times and there is also a brief use of tribal beats and shamanistic chanting and the keyboards also mix in a decent amount of ambient elements.
Creatures plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in black metal while also mixing in symphonic and ambient elements along with some goth, doom and death metal influences to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in French and is a concept album based upon a twelfth century countryside getting attacked by terrifying monsters.
In my opinion Creatures are a very great sounding symphonic black metal project with elements of doom, death metal and ambient music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cadavre Abadonne" and "Souls le Visage avenent de la Mort". 8 out of 10.