Menace Ruine – “Venus Armata” – [Profound Lore Records]
Genevieve Beaulieu and S. De La Moth from Montreal are back for their sixth installment of genre-defying creativity. The great Lord Gravestench describes them beautifully in another review, but to give you a quick idea, another review calls their music “a powerful hybrid of avant-garde black metal, dark ambient, drone, and martial neo-folk.” Let’s just say that this time around, I feel the mood is more neo-folk drone with hints of metal. The overall feeling this CD left me with is that I had attended some kind of mass. The instruments are reminiscent of organs and ritual, and of course the voices, particularly Genevieve’s, are lovely enough to make you soar to higher heights. These are long songs, giving themselves time to flesh out their themes. And the lyrics are nicely printed in a booklet inserted into the sleeve, kind of like a missalette.