French black metal is steeped in traditionalism, be it the practiced art of the riff or the time-worn craft of the folk tale. There is nothing wrong with, say, starting a French-style black metal band which deals with both halves of this spectrum, and chances are I'd like it (possibly), but the most exciting music deals with a denial of its past self. Enter French black metal duo Hanternoz who, with a stunning cast of guest artists, manages to both embrace and deny the traditionalism of French black metal through their new single "Vieille Nasse Crevée," which can be streamed ahead of upcoming full-length album Au Fleuve de Loire's release below.

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Though its blistering opening is style indicative, it's when "Vieille Nasse Crevée" blossoms with folk instruments and almost wacky keyboards that Hanternoz reveals their true, more modern selves. Though the band deals with the traditional French (specifically Breton) fare, it's their brand of "epic" black metal's more adventurous nature (which comes in waves across this particular song to keep it exciting) which sets Hanternoz apart from the rest of their home label Antiq's already exciting roster, as well as French-and-French-styled black metal overall.

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Au Fleuve de Loire releases May 3rd on Antiq.

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