Three mammoth tracks in forty-three minutes is what you’ll be tormented with on the debut album of despondent blackened sludge and doom metal from the Parisian three-piece Cerbère. Entitled Cendre, this sledgehammer of heaviness it’s set to be released at the end of the month, 27th January, by fellow Parisian label Chien Noir.
And today, with the hounds of Hades in tow, The Shaman can bring you the harrowing video for the opening, and title track, Cendre, which the band comments on…
‘The eponymous track of Cerbère’s debut album evokes the torments of a youth spent in hate and boredom. From the footage filmed with a dying camera, the maze of sequences shot in the dreary suburban daily life soaks with cryptic shots of an occult Paris haunted by ancient and demonic creatures. These blasphemous images unfold with the appearance of visions and answer the nightmare of reality, where only the ash (Cendre) remains.’
Now click play below to embrace the decaying world of Cendre…
More On Cerbère & ‘Cendre’
Cerbère is a Paris-based trio formed by Baptiste P. (ex-Lord Humungus), Baptiste Reig (DST, Aven, ex-Frank Sabbath) and Thom Dezelus, resulting in a telluric sonic combination of fuzzed-out droning riffs, black metal growls and earth-shattering rhythms.
The mythological three-headed dog speaks many languages and roams around the deepest part of the Underworld through slow-burning songs fragmented by labyrinthine riffs. Cerbère’s darkness draws its evil energy from a fantasized, fantastic past populated with strange creatures but also very close to a contemporary reality, along the gutters, in the sweat of moldy cellars or the ash stuck at the bottom of an empty beer can.
The music coming from these three thinking heads is dense and brutal, and when it clutches the brain to settle and lay its psychedelic eggs, they only want their sludge/doom virus to spread as far as possible. After the release of their self-titled EP in 2021, Cerbère hit tenfold harder with their debut full-length Cendre, to be issued in January 2023 on independent Paris-based label Chien Noir.
Recorded across two days in January 2022 at the band’s rehearsal space Ventre de la Baleine in Pantin, France, by Pablo Saguez, and mastered by experimental music artist and producer Paulie Jan at Agit Prop Studio. Cendre falls within the doom and sludge heritage while incorporating elements that come in counterpoint of this dynamic and interweaving riffs punctuated with subtle and frequent breaks, losing the listener in a maze.
Noise metal, black metal and drone metal influences can be heard throughout Baptiste P.’s guitar arrangements and cavernous and reverb-laden screaming. Cerbère‘s music is ruled by a sharp contrast between a visceral urgency and telluric trance through the prism of darkness. Lyrically, the album also explores various themes that illustrate such contrast: the torments of a youth lived in boredom, hatred, frustration and rejection on Cendre, a boundary-free escapism from everyday life, as well as introspection with the epic river track Les Tours De Set inspired by the Conan The Barbarian saga.
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03. Les Tours De Set
Baptiste P. – Guitar, Vocals
Baptiste Reig – Drums
Thom Dezelus – Bass
Cendre, the debut full-length album by Cerbère will be released 27th January on vinyl, cassette and digital download through Chien Noir.