Boy, this sure does sound like the cover doesn’t it? Standing in front of an obscure monument you don’t understand, wrapped in mysterious ethereal cosmic fog that seems like it’s from another realm. The term “Lovecraftian” being used to describe any kind of metal that’s a little bit cosmic sounding and weird is insanely overused, and often I don’t think it’s accurate. Not all cosmic horror has to come from something 7000 feet tall and so great we cannot comprehend it. In this sense, Blosse’s music sounds to me way more earthly. Whereas something like Demilich may be described as Lovecraftian, Blosse to me speaks as more along the lines of Edgar Allen Poe, or some Steven King novels. The cosmic horror comes not so much in the form of insignificance, but rather in the potential of what lies in the unknown. You never see the monster, or the “monster” is something much more mundane on a literal sense, but way more mysterious and horrifying in it’s more earthly nature, something along the lines of the tell tale heart.

Metaphorical wanking aside, the more earthly nature of Blosse is what I enjoy the most about his music. Rather than being another Darkspace clone, there is a much more introspective and down to earth vibe in the music, which imo comes from the influences of the other Quebecois atmo black artists such as Forteresse. There’s a subtle realness to it that’s indescribable. Often I feel like metal tends to sound like it’s being made by some otherworldly creature, or at least it’s made in a way where I can picture the creators not being human. Blosse’s work sounds very human, despite being so otherworldly in style.

Nocturne itself is an even more human sound from Era Noire. While the space synths/choirs are still there, the abrasive guitars are way more center stage, and as a result I felt a much deeper connection with this material, particularly on the first track. I feel like you really gotta be in a particular mood to get this most out of this kind of music, the one where you’re openly to thinking deeper questions about yourself and your future. I know that sounds I’m jerking off some artistic bullshit, but honestly there’s some music that just sounds way more impactful when it’s contexted behind certain emotional states, arguably all music if you extend the logic far enough.

I think the only problem here is the second part fails to capture the same mood as the opening section, and the 5 minute ambient outro to end the album destroys a lot of the flow of the material. Felt like when you enter a deep state of meditation and you get slowly woken up by noticing the fact that your calming music got turned off earlier than it should’ve, but you didn’t notice for like 10 minutes so it just makes the whole end of the meditation really awkward.

Anyway, Sous La Lune Moribonde is my favorite thing he’s done, even though as a whole I like Era Noire more. Can’t fucking wait for more.

8.5/10

LINK: https://blosse.bandcamp.com/album/nocturne