“a veritable black hole of extreme metal” — Decibel Magazine
“end of the year list worthy” — CVLT Nation
“Pure evil made sound” — Invisible Oranges
“electrifying emotional intensity and stunning ‘physical’ power” — No Clean Singing on the title track
“a stellar first outing” — Angry Metal Guy
“an oppressive masterpiece” — MoshPitNation
“A completely unhinged, unpredictable and unique slab of fantastically dense Extreme Metal” (8.5/10)— Nattskog
Montréal doom infused black/death trio Shezmu is previewing their debut full-length, À Travers Les Lambeaux, in its entirety at Decibel Magazine. The album releases July 29th via French label Krucyator Productions.
“The band took a different approach to the writing of this album, resulting in some of Comte Bergaby’s most personal lyrics to date. While still using visions of ancient history as the lyrical basis, the songs explore themes of rage, sorrow, and madness. The band creates a triangulum between these emotions, all symptoms of profound anguish. The anger can be well heard throughout the tracklist — enraged blast beats, fast tremolo picking, and low-end guttural vocals. The sadness manifests with clean, desperate yelling on some tracks such as ‘Lex Talionis.’ Finally, madness arises. The fever continues to heat as you listen to the record until it reaches its boiling point, which is portrayed as the triumph of darkness over sanity.”
Hear À Travers Les Lambeaux AT THIS LOCATION.
Hailing from the frozen fields of Montréal, Shezmu was forged in 2016 by Olivier Bérubé Emond (also goes by the pseudonym Comte Bergaby in the underground) and Marc-André Labonne. As a duo, they released a self-titled demo cassette in 2017, followed by two successive MLP releases in 2018: The Scent of War under Les Fleurs du Mal Productions and Breaching The Tomb under the banners of both Les Fleurs du Mal and Iron Bonehead Productions. 2018 also saw the Quebec force expanding their size and sonic palette with the addition of bass player Yanick Tremblay-Simard (Sol Miracula, Aiauasca).
Since their inception, Shezmu has dove deep into the lore of human history and enlightenment. Just like the definition of Shezmu (Ancient Eygptian God of wine & oils and also blood & slaughter), the band always took a contradictory and explorative direction to their sound. Their techniques have no boundaries: fast blast beats, mid-tempo occult riffing, or ancient sonic doom, they are all part of the wheel, a dance between Sun and Moon. Just as a whisper into one’s ear, the band recounts the darkest passages of ancient times through distinctive and evil riffs.
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