Just as bleak, cold and bitter as a Canadian winter comes equally as bleak, cold and bitter band Neige et Noirceur. Verglapolis is the title of the new record by Neige et Noirceur and it sports six atmospheric and bone chilling blackened songs for your torment. Neige et Noirceur is noted as an atmospheric and ambient band and this one man project seems to have taken that to the next level. There isn’t a song on this release that isn’t riddled with bleak and ever twisting atmosphere to provide you with an immense and isolating sound. Verglapolis begins with the opener Le mone est une foret noire which immediately greets you with a sinister atmosphere right off the bat only to continue building on that atmosphere until around the one minute mark when mysterious and dissonant guitars appear out of the snow. This song creeps along at a glacial speed providing you with a twisting and sinister dirge of pure, raw and devilish black metal.
Each song that comes after the opener continues on in much the same fashion providing you with heaps upon heaps of bleak and damning atmosphere to go along with the raw and unfiltered black metal noise. What really ends up striking you within this record is the atmosphere the most as it is in your face the entire time that you are listening. Through each song, a haunting and bone chilling atmosphere can be felt and is very present all throughout leaving you feeling as though you have been abandoned in dark and dismal woods to die. Through this record a snowy harsh atmosphere oozes out of your speakers inviting you to an arctic tomb. Once you press play you become engulfed in a frosty, haunting and utterly damning ambiance that never lets go of you once it takes control.
More than just the atmosphere though are the biting, dissonant riffs that are paired with even more dissonant blasting drums. Cascading out of the frigid atmosphere are the gravel filled shrieks that sound as though they are coming from a tormented soul. The overall sound of this record with everything put together is raw and unfiltered as it sounds as though it was recorded in a dark and damp crypt. Verglapolis is a damning, sinister and ever twisting record that gifts to you completely haunting, evil and abysmal music for you to lose your soul in. With the intense atmosphere coupled with the slithering musicianship you are treated to an immense listen that captivates you and takes your mind on a harrowing and abyssal journey.
Verglapolis is an interesting and good listen that provides you with heaps of content and plenty to listen to and for when you play it again and again. As mentioned, this record certainly is dismal and bleak but it is also very captivating all at the same time keeping your attention all throughout a listen. Overall, this record is a solid one that will treat atmospheric black metal fans to a good listen.