Les Chants Du Hastard are a solo project from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a mixture of black metal, classical and orchestra music and this is a review of his 2019 album "Livre Second" which will be released in November by I, Voidhanger Records.
A very avant garde neo-classical sound starts off the album while the music also adds in a great amount of symphonic and orchestra elements. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams which also sound very evil, tortured and cavernous at times as well as the orchestras also capturing the aggression of extreme metal.
At times the songs goes for more of a clam classical music approach while choir male and female vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with one track also introducing spoken word parts and clean vocals onto the recording and as the album progresses a brief use of Gregorian chants can also be heard.
On this recording Les Chants Du Hastard remains true to his mixture of black metal, cello and classical music. The production sounds very dark while the lyrics are written in French and cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Les Chants Du Hastard and if you are a fan of black metal, classical and orchestra music, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Le Bossu" "La Course" and "La Defiate". 8 out of 10.