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Délétère’s “Sagina Caedendis” and the Isolation of Quebecois Black Metal

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Black metal in Québec continues to thrive with passion and fury, and Délétère continues to export the scene’s unfiltered and unhinged energy. Their upcoming sophomore full-length De Horae Leprae feels all-encompassing in this regard: the sound of somewhere, the voices of many people at once. But there’s so much more to freshly exciting black metal than locality, or even geography for that matter. With De Horae Leprae, the duo relishes in catchy melody, pained howls, and thundering blast beats — all apparent on the album’s second track “Sagina Caedendis” streaming exclusively below.

Frontman Thorleïf’s vocal performance is key to the power of “Sagina Caedendis” — raspy like bees at the right moments, but glass-smooth as he protracts huge cries of duress (the ultra-long howl at the end of the song is a beauty). Meanwhile, guitarist Atheos seeks sweet-spots amidst melodic leads and rhythmic choruses: those moments where everything falls into clockwork synchrony, especially when backed by drum blasts. With moderate use of discordance, Délétère summon a slightly off-kilter feel which ultimately benefits their otherwise straightforward approach to song construction. To that end, “Sagina Caedendis” is at once digestible and indigestible, relatable but entirely fresh.

De Horae Leprae releases June 15th via Sepulchral Productions.

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