>There are a bevy of reasons why black metal is such a funny genre, most of which have to do with Varg's suspenders, Varg's prison albums, and Varg's haircut. But, believe it or not, the genre as a whole has some pretty hilarious characteristics itself. black metal cracks me up because a lot of the bands seem to be totally oblivious to what year it is. Firstly, many of the bands seem consumed with pagan rituals that went out of style with the Crusades, but beyond that, many acts seem to think it's a good idea to still release things on cassette. Even better yet, some bands actually release certain works exclusively on the obsolete genre that melts in the sun.
Peste Noire is guilty on both accounts. Their name, which literally translates to Black Plague, seems to be a little late, and when I say a little, I mean roughly six hundred and sixty seven years. Peste Noire have released albums on tape, in fact, their demo (Aryan Supremacy) was actually limited to fourteen copies. Last time I checked, demos were supposed to get your name out and about, an idea that seems a little hard with a cassette demo released in 2001 to a miniscule FOURTEEN copies. If they weren't so good at what they do, I'd probably make fun of them.
When they're not releasing ultra-limited releases on ultra-crappy formats, Peste Noire is a unique black metal band oddly fixated on obscenely long titles. "La Sanie des siècles - Panégyrique de la dégénerescence" (see?) is their first official full length.
Right off the bat, you see what I mean when I say they're unique. Nous Sommes Fanés, the introductory track that actually kind of sucks, introduces us to the band's fixation with guitar leads and solos. Sounding like some sort of demented Parisian circus, the intro revolves primarily around finger-tapping. But, like I said, it sucks, so you'll probably want to skip it.