Decembre Noir are a band from Germany that plays a very melancholic form of blackened doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Discourage Believer" which was released by FDA Rekotz.
The album starts out with a heavy sound and a few seconds later growls are added into the recording and after a minute clean playing and violins are added in along with some spoken word parts while also keeping around the heavier parts and adding in some melodies.
After awhile all of the musical instruments start sounding a lot more powerful along with the music adding in melancholic and depressive elements with some really heavy doom/death metal and at times you can also hear spoken word parts in certain sections of the recording as well as a small amount of fast and raw black metal influences which also bring along blast beats with them as well as the vocals using more grimness when the blackened parts show up in the music.
When we get more into the album acoustic guitars and symphonic sounds become a part of the recording while the heavier parts still dominate the music and most of the songs are very long and length with the average song being over 7 minutes while there is also a couple of songs that are around 5 minutes or shorter and on the last tack you can also hear a small amount of prog metal elements as well as a brief use of clean singing vocals.
With this album Decembre Noir bring a very depressive and melancholic sound to doom/death metal while also being heavily influenced by black metal and bringing in a great amount of sorrowful melodies which sound even more powerful with a professional sounding production and lyrics that cover dark and emotional themes.
In my opinion December Noir are a very great sounding melancholic blackened doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Thorns" "Decembre Noir" and "Escape To The Sun". 8 out of 10.