Record of the Week: NUIT NOIRE – Inner Light (Review)

Record of the Week

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The story of Inner Light in short: Following a series of incredible demos Tenebras and Akhron began to record their debut album in 2003. During the recording Tenebras decided to shift vocal style from his forest howls to the now-familiar singing (which Aquarius once described as a mix between Roz Williams and Mark E. Smith).

The fallout from the vocal change is an important distraction – it became the last recording between the brothers. But considering the following 12 years of music, we can regard the vocals on this album as transitional. The music is vintage late demo era NUIT NOIRE – magical and atmospheric black metal. Furious blasting drums from Akhron, an impressive final performance! A tone and playing style unlike anything else from Tenebras. You can easily trace the evolution of their playing from the first demo to the last. The NUIT NOIRE “sound” was found early, the skill and abilities improved vastly over the first five years. This album is the peak of their execution. Quand la nuit tombe for example (first recorded for the Once Upon a Night demo) demonstrates how they’ve improved in every way.

Whatever turmoil this album caused, with over ten years hindsight it can be viewed, hopefully, with some objectivity as one of their greatest accomplishments. It’s also one of the best unreleased albums, now at last unearthed! You may have heard some of the new songs, Tenebras re-recorded them alone for later splits with CALL ME LORETTA, CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS and HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE, but not like this… two brothers calling on night spirits somewhere in Southern France, producing some of the best music we’ve heard.

Inner Light has existed in tape trading circles for years but I don’t think any of us expected it to ever be more than that. To finally have an official release in best quality is the most welcome news this year! Vinyl edition available now on Seedstock Records. More formats will follow later on Todestrieb Records.

Nuit Noire Tour April 2013


Nuit Noire will be touring Europe this month, current countries include France, Germany, Czech Rep., Slovenia and Italy. There are several dates still open, promoters can make contact here or write to us ( and we can forward on your details!

UK dates were not possible for this tour, but the intention is at least London this year. Any UK promoters can make contact using the above details. Maybe a mini UK tour?

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Review: Sleeping Peonies – Rose Curl, Sea Swirl

Review by: Meriel Longmore
Review score: 4/5

The term “Black Metal Art” is thrown around quite a lot, though in the case of SLEEPING PEONIES it is an accurate description in all senses. The band resides in the East of England & consists of one main sole member……a welcome discovery for those looking to find outstanding Black Metal from the UK, as in my case. All elements of “Rose Curl, Sea Swirl” reflect a pensive, expressive and artistic approach; from the dreamy sensitively created atmospheres, nostalgic yet pleasingly melancholic CD artwork, to the beautiful & profound poetic lyrics. SLEEPING PEONIES combines a number of genre styles and influences resulting in an individual and creatively rich sound. It is possible to hear a number of influences throughout the release, however SLEEPING PEONIES has a strongly formed character as their imaginative moniker and track-titles would suggest.

The overall style could be described as a combination of atmospheric ambient Black Metal, Shoegaze, Post-Rock and Dream-Pop. Bands such as ALCEST, BURZUM, early FORGOTTEN WOODS, JOYLESS, LYRINX, ISOLATION, AUSTERE, VELVET CACOON, NUIT NOIRE, WRATH OF THE WEAK, LONESUMMER, TARANTEL, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, & AMESOEURS come to mind while listening. In light of this; supporters of the aforementioned bands would be well-advised to experience “Rose Curl, Sea Swirl” as they would surely enjoy the release greatly. However, SLEEPING PEONIES add other characteristics to this already highly effective art-form. For example; as in the case of NUIT NOIRE, the sound also has unusual punky characteristics especially when it comes to vocal delivery. The vocals may be described as being of the BURZUMic variety; emotionally screamed & reverberated, however, vocally SLEEPING PEONIES also bring to mind Screamo / D.I.Y. Punk bands such as MATHS (UK), ORCHID, & CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE. These sort of eccentric details add to the overall atmospheres present & also the ability of the release to transport the imagination to other realms. SLEEPING PEONIES has an adept skill at storytelling & translating memories through both music and lyrics & throughout the release the listener can explore an isolated, beautiful and dream-filled nautical world that VELVET CACOON themselves would be proud of.

This is outsider Black Metal at its best; a warm, bassy, blistering wall-of-sound, interlaced with raw, honest emotion, subtle ambience, atypical varied tempo drumming, epic soaring melodies, somber piano pieces, haunting female vocals and most of all a real sense of artistry, personality & imagination. “Rose Curl, Sea Swirl” consists of seven tracks that are guaranteed to take you on a subconscious journey. Amazing!

Nuit Noire Infantile Espieglery last copies

If you visited the distro looking for it recently, you will have noticed Infantile Espieglery was unavailable. We have a few extra copies now available: Nuit Noire – Infantile Espieglery.

Other shops, distros have copies but it is becoming increasingly rare. We do not plan to let this fade away. Still as impressive and fresh as it was when Tenebras first sent it that autumn, and remains very important for the label and personally. This means a reissue, possibly new formats when the time is right.

And the demo collection. Yes progress is slow, as always several reasons. So without any promises but with apologies–soon as possible!!

Soror Dolorosa update and gig dates

Soror Dolorosa play cold-wave, inspired by bands like Joy Division, Virgin Prunes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure etc. Smokey nightime blue sounds from deep in the city.
SD is a project from Andy Julia renowned photographer and drummer with Nuit Noire, Darvulia, and in the past Celestia.

Two new live videos have been added.

Forthcoming live appearances:
10 Apr 2009 – Havana Café Avec Lysart + metallspürhunde – Ramonville, Midi-Pyrénées
25 Apr 2009 – La Manekine Avec Frank The Baptist + No Tears + Nova et Vetera – Picardie
2 May 2009 – Café de la danse avec Naevus et Dernière Volonté – Paris, Ile-de-France

Nuit Noire radioplay

Nuit Noire were heard on Resonance radio in London last month. The archived Sound Projector show can be found here. It’s certainly worth listening through the full show especially for ambient/noise fans.

“Resonance 104.4 fm is the world’s first radio art station, established by London Musicians’ Collective.”