Earlier this month I wrote (here) about the two songs that were then available for streaming from J’aurais Dû, the new fourth album by the Swiss black metal project Pure, which will be released on May 13 by Symbol of Domination (Belarus) and Obscure Abhorrence(Germany). And now we bring you the opportunity to experience a third track in addition to those two: “Le jour où je suis mort” (the day I died).
Pure is a solo project founded by Bornyhake, from such bands as Borgne, Enoid, Deathrow, and Darvaza, and also a former member of Kawir.
We are told that “the album speaks about the worst and the best moments of Bornyhake‘s life”, with lyrics in French that are both positive and negative, and with changes in sound that are in accord with these changing moods. The album’s cover also reflects these disparate experiences — a naked figure huddles in the snow, yet the sun can be glimpsed through the forest.
Of the two songs that preceded the one we bring you today, “Anonyme et sans visage” is an electrifying, warlike charge that’s also atmospheric, with an air of grim, forlorn majesty. The anguished, tormented quality of the vocals adds to the song’s intense emotional force.
By contrast, “Je tuerais le monde pour ta lumière” initially proceeds at a slower, more stately pace, but then builds to a gallop, and eventually a savage storm — with a softer, entrancing interlude along the way. The vocals are once again wrenching, and the melodies are often searing in their sense of debilitating grief.
In this new song, “Le jour où je suis mort“, a pensive, self-reflective mood greets the listener, but it soon surges with passion, the head-nodding drum rhythm accelerating and waves of intense guitar vibrations moving through the mind like a gale. Yet the mood changes again as the tempo slows, and though tempered with melancholy, the melody glimmers like the sun glimpsed through dark forest ranks. Just as the song crosses lines between raw black metal and other dark styles, so too does the atmosphere of the music seem to signify recollections of beauty within the tempest of darker times.
J’aurais Dû is available for pre-order here:
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