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La Torture Des Ténèbres – “Broadcasts From The Phantom District” (Video Premiere)

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Black metal’s vision of dystopia is disturbing, but comfortably out of the current listener’s foresight. The landscape might be jagged, barren, and devoid of all human life, but it will be the consequence of our actions. The future is scary, but Canada’s La Torture Des Ténèbres’s perspective is all the more terrifying: dystopia is now – we live in the Hell we have built for ourselves.

Much like Fritz Lang’s masterful movie “Metropolis,” the ambient black metal of La Torture Des Ténèbres is as pristine as it is mechanical and sinister. From their upcoming album, the frightening Civilization Is The Tomb Of Our Noble Gods, “Broadcasts From The Phantom District” is bizarre and uneasy – a strange mix of hidden melody and robotic momentum. As modern a genre as this sort of ambient black metal is, there is an antiquated feel to La Torture Des Ténèbres. The band’s distorted visions are grey, grained, and explosive. In the images that inspired La Torture Des Ténèbres, dark was the future. Where are we now?

Civilization Is The Tomb Of Our Noble Gods will see a cassette release via Fallen Empire Records sub-label Vomiting Choir. Scroll below for an exclusive first look (and listen) to “Broadcasts From The Phantom District.”

Manifested from the aether:

“The driving concept behind La Torture Des Ténèbres is the futility and absurdity of life struggles. The average individual is so caught up in his or her own little world, a world all too often consisting of meaningless, laughable obsessions and vain, self-serving dreams. Modern society attributes importance to so many pointless, inconsequential pursuits and far too many people waste their lives obsessing over them! The intent behind our music is to send the listener into a psychological coma in which they will become emotionally detached from their reality and able to look at their life struggles in completely objective sense. In this detached state, it’s easier to realize how most of the things we worry about really don’t matter that much and how we really need to reconsider the values and ideals society is feeding us.

This album in particular, entitled Civilization Is The Tomb Of Our Noble Gods, is a collection of broadcasts from a retrofuturistic civilization, mirroring the possibilities of our unrealized potential and the regret felt at its loss.”

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