GUIGNOL NOIR – Mantric Malediction Out Now

Switzerland has always had a wealth of incredible black metal coming from it’s landlocked majesty, right from the pioneers Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, through to the atmospheric solitude of Paysage d’Hiver, the avant garde absurdity of Schammasch and even the contemporary post-black fusions of Zeal & Ardor. A new entity looking to carve their own landmark into the genre are Basel based duo GUIGNOL NOIR, whose debut full length album MANTRIC MALEDICTION embodies the true and classic black metal sound. Mantric Malediction is out now on CD, Tape and Digital formats.

Mantric Malediction is an unforgiving vision of black metal telling tales of death and murder through left hand path occultism. Guignol Noir immerse the listener in savage, frostbitten soundscapes. Each tremolo picked riff has an eerie, discordant and slightly worn sound, giving the record an antiquated essence, topped off with Schiach’s forceful and primitive bellowed growls. In an age where high quality studio production is more available than ever, it’s fascinating to hear a black metal album made in 2020 that sounds like it could genuinely have been recorded in the early ’90s.

Guignol Noir are an act shrouded in mystique, only playing a handful of shows and festivals, but are ready to make their mark with this debut full length album. Mantric Malediction was self-recorded by Guignol Noir in their private studio, and mixed and mastered by Kerberos of the Swiss black metal collective Helvetic Underground Committee.

– Jewel case CD
– 12 page booklet
– Limited to 200 copies

– Pro tape with 6 panel j-card

– Limited to 50 copies


1. The Birthgiven Right [6:02]
2. Black Flame Ov Malevolence [3:50]
3. Rvm & Cigars [5:33]
4. G.N. [4:31]
5. In The Birds Beak [4:39]
6. Pact [5:10]
7. Ritval Ov Damnation [5:18]
8. Anti-Sanctvm [5:50]
9. Graveyard Bogey [7:32]
10. Following The Starlight [5:13]
11. Rotten Drvgfest [6:14]


Cheib- All instruments
Schiach – Vocals and lyrics


Written, recorded and performed by Guignol Noir. Mixed and mastered by Kerberos.


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