Broyeur d’Enfance – Suicide Social

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Artist: Broyeur d’Enfance

Album: Suicide Social

Label: Independent

Release Date: 11/07/2022
Location: Saint Pierre Du Vauvray, France

I was initially drawn to Suicide Social due to the highly unusual and impressively morbid Disney themed album art featuring people in Mickey Mouse masks hanging from a tree at Disney Land. That may be what drew me in initially, but it was the music itself that was my reason for not only staying but returning multiple times.

Broyeur d’Enfance’s (a solo project by Zémus) unique French spin on DSBM immediately captivated me and by the time I finished the full album I knew that I had found one of my favourite black metal albums of 2022. If you have been reading my reviews for a while, then you know that I’m a total sucker for DSBM. I love everything from the completely over the top shrieked vocals to the emotional guitar tone. I am happy to say that this album delivers on both counts.

Zémus’ vocals are pretty far into the high range of shrieked vocals and carry about as much raw emotion and anguish as one can hope for with this style of music. Instrumentally the album ticks all of the boxes for black metal of this nature. There’s a perfect balance struck between depressive emotional atmosphere, pain and raw aggression. The guitar tone is just crisp enough to convey that emotional tone but still has enough of a biting edge to it that it feels dangerous. The drums are presented by guest musician Momo du Plat and do their job perfectly, backing up the guitar work and vocal elements on the album. They have enough just enough feeling to them while also coming across as cold and harsh. The use of accordion (courtesy of Rat Crevé) is a nice touch and really adds to the album’s overall depth of sound and atmosphere.

Zémus knows exactly how to work in both noise and silence and some of the most impactful moments on the album are when the instruments die down to allow his vocals to pierce through these moments of silence. When isolated like this these vocals are that much more impactful truly move the listener. There are moments of relaxed minimalistic guitar work layered over sound clips such as fire crackling, as well as spoken word segments. These along with the intro and two interludes break the songs up nicely and give the album that much more variety.

As far as favourite tracks go, I would have to say that for me the second half of the album is stronger than the first. My top two songs on the album are in order Amis de la Mélancolie (easily the rawest and most biting track on the album) and Les Larmes de Christine. Both of these songs are perfect examples of how to do DSBM correctly. They capture the essence and energy of the genre perfectly, as well as brining their own unique flavor to it.

Overall, this is one hell of an album and one that I immediately fell in love with. I know that I’ll be coming back to this one on a regular basis as I always do with top quality DSBM. If you enjoy the emotionally rawer side of black metal, then don’t miss this album.


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