BOISSON DIVINE is the after school musical side project of two childhood friends, who met on the playground benches in Riscle, a small rural village in Gascony. BOISSON DIVINE is the improbable and unique blend of every single aspect they love in music: A Heavy / Power Metal foundation, Punk-Rock energy, traditional instruments of their motherland, Pyrenean polyphonic singing and of course all in Gascon language.
The lyrics are a reflection of the daily lives of musicians: rugby, old legends, odes to the land, country solidarity, feasts, traditional songs, safeguarding the heritage, tribute to those who have leave their mark on history.
The years passed by and they realized that they had enough compositions for recording. So they put that into play and in 2013 their first album, “Enradigats”, was released.
Against all odds – and to their great surprise – it was very warmly received, the positive reviews piled up:
“They just sound fresh and different from the slew of other bands inhabiting this sub genre.” The Metal Observer (USA)
“I found the best French Folk Metal Band of 2013, and I challenge anyone to say the opposite.” Sens Critique
“Boisson Divine sends some heavy stuff for a first album, a good slap that feels pretty good.” Soil Chronicles
“This is an excellent and incredible start for the Gascon pair, who has nothing to deny its divine character.” Spirit of Metal
“You have the green light to go stun with the pagan folk metal of a future specialist of the genre.” Kaosguard
Their second album “Volentat” was released early 2016, more mature and more sought after. The reviews are even better than the first album.
“Here’s how to release two masterpieces in three years.” Eniok Metal – Youtuber
“Un gran disco con grandes melodías, grandes instrumentaciones de folk, grandes voces y grandes canciones.” Metal en Mundo (ESP)
“With a unique take on the genre this album can really propel them forward in a big way.” Folk-Metal.NL (Netherlands)
“Boisson Divine is undoubtedly one of the best Folk Metal combos in France, simply.” France Metal Museum
“The group is what the hexagon has produced more convincing in style since the beginning of the decade. The kind of group whose support should become a national cause.” Nightfall in the metal earth
After many twists and turns – the latest being the confinement linked to the Covid-19 – BOISSON DIVINE decides to break the gloom by releasing their third album “La Halha”, coming out May 27th.
La Halha (prounounced la Haye), it’s a huge blaze – a solstice fire – an ageless pagan tradition still perpetuate today in a Christian way (Christmas fire…).
Created as a vinyl, and with the aim of representing the cycle of the seasons, this third album offers two sides of five songs, each ones begins with a very traditional introduction and ends on a 9/10 minutes block. The last song, which is the longest, is supposed to symbolize the longest day, namely the summer solstice, in reference to the name of the album.
The front cover represents the “Béliou Cross” (or “Abelion cross”, a rock with the face of a major god in the pyrenean mythology), tomb of the old patriarch Milharis, according to the legend.
This new album rather dense (almost an hour), is even more epic, complex and well-made than the previous ones, with an overall more serious atmosphere.
While remaining faithful to the melodic and catchy style of the group, “La Halha” has some nice surprises and new sounds.
Pre-orders are therefore available on their Bandcamp page https://boissondivine.bandcamp.com
After “Xivalièr de Sentralha” it’s the turn of the title “Novempopulania” to be revealed.
This second song is a conquering march which hits hard. Slow tempo, big chorus, massive riff and the charming hurdy-gurdy of Ayla. Hymnic lyrics that give back all his pride to our people!
“Novempopulania” means “land of the nine tribes” in Latin. It was an ancient province in the Roman Empire, were our ancestors lived. The limits of this province correspond approximately to the actual linguistic Gascony with the French part of Basque country. Indeed, before the romanisation, Basques and Gascons were one people. May we meet again…
- Lo pèla pòrc
- Suu camin estelat
- Xivalièr de Sentralha
- Rei de Suèda (Sveriges Kung)
- La Sicolana
- Un darrèr còp
Bonus Tracks (Youtube only)
11. Lou tard-biengùt (poème A.Arette)
12. Adishatz (L’ouzoum cover)
13. Tau salut de la patrie (poème A.Arette)
14. La Marche d’Henri IV
15. Gascougne (poème A.Arette)