Nuit Noire – “a Beautiful Belief” – [Prison Tatt Records]
Once a brother act, now a solo project, Nuit Noire is Tenebras. He is Nuit Noire and Nuit Noire is Tenebras. Hailing from Toulouse, France, Nuit Noire has been putting forth their/his brand of death metal which is not now really death metal but what he terms as Faerie Metal. Around since 1997, the band has played with heavy musical themes dealing with the night and the mysteries that surround it, a definite change from many death metal bands. It’s refreshing and odd and off and obsessive and honorable that someone feels so intently and intensely about something that he names almost every song about faeries. They even do a song on a different album which just testifies “I am a faerie.”
Tenebras sings in a sort of broken or French accented English, in a voice that is not quite child-like but not adult. Maybe it is faerie. Guitars and drum are the instruments. Simple chords strummed loudly and quickly— almost at a power punk pace. Drums guide the rhythm pounding forth the message that all is okay in the night, with the moonlight shining on you and in you, guiding you to the belief in faeries. Strange in all the good ways.