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Black metal's infatuation with Medieval music is a long one. Be it Satyricon's Dark Medieval Times or any Belenos album, black metal's appropriation of Medieval melodies and folkish personas has become a hallmark of the genre. Newcomer Grylle, however, takes this notion of the Medieval folk persona to the next level, mostly stripping his music of any "electricity" and performing it entirely on period-specific instruments. Listen to an exclusive stream of the expanded edition of Les Grandes Compagnies below.

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Though "acoustic black metal" has been done before, Grylle's character is, to date, one of a kind. Mastering the art of the troubadour's Early Music (that's a proper noun, mind you), sole musician Hyvermor (also of Véhémence) plays the (blackened) bard, handling the psaltery, lute, baglamas, bass, acoustic drums, and vocals to create an ancient, illuminated version of black metal the likes of which the world had yet to hear. Originally released in April of this year, Les Grandes Compagnies has been lovingly reissued as a deluxe double vinyl record with ten minutes of bonus material.

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Les Grandes Compagnies releases today on Antiq. Follow Grylle on Bandcamp.

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