Power of Metal.dk Review

Stille Volk
La Pèira Negra
Style: Pagan Folk Music
Release date: 30 May, 2014
Playing time: 49:29

Be warned: Apart from the cover of Mercyful Fate's Come to the Sabbath, this has nothing to do with metal. Even if the French quartett Stille Volk are exploring the darker side of music, this is acoustic, medieval inspired music with hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, arabic lute, violin, bouzouki, bagpipes, chalemie, mandolin, portable organ, bombarde, flutes, etc. - there are no traces of electric instrumentation, no wailing guitars, no blastbeats, no triggers, no distortion (except on the to say it the least very special Mercyful Fate cover).

'How terrible is that?!' I can hear some of you enquire with a frown of distance-taking. Well, if you can't see past the wall of distortion and only can appreciate music as it has been since the late sixties, then, no, you should stay at arm's length from 'La Pèira Negra'.

If, on the other hand, you appreciate to vary your intake of music with something that is still dark and insisting, yet completely diverse from the metal music we bombard ourselves with, then, my friends, I can't wait to invite you into the mystical world of Stille Volk - just like I wouldn't hesitate to invite you into the world of e.g. the dark world of Dead Can Dance.

1 - Dementis Maudiçon
2 - Sous l'oil de la Lune
3 - L'éveil du Spectre
4 - La Pèira Negra
5 - La Litanie du Pétrifié
6 - La Forêt Gorgone
7 - Heaume de Lichen
8 - En Occulz
9 - Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
Label: Holy Records
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Artwork rating: 55/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 29 June, 2014
Website: www.stillevolk.org