Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, April 19, 2021

Archaeopteris - Vision Chaotiques D´un Songe Halluciné


No one does dissonant black metal like the French. Archaeopteris's debut EP, Vision Chaotiques D´un Songe Halluciné, adds even more proof to this point. This is the sort of record that is twisted and powerful, full of demonic invocations and hints at a more twisted future. There is something you can really get lost in with this record and the tormented ideas and unique imagery that adorn the album make for something utterly mesmerizing. While this may not be for casual listeners, fans of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord will be entranced. 

There is a certain twisted poetry behind the two tracks that make up this 16 minute EP. With synth frills and devastating guitar riffs, there is something weirdly progressive about what Archaeopteris have crafted here. Within that though there are moments of such sublime dissonance that it almost becomes hard to understand why one would ever return to traditional harmony. Still - Archeopteris are early in their career and there are moments where it shows. Not every idea is perfectly executed, even if the overarching vision is exciting. Vision Chaotiques D´un Songe Halluciné is the soundtrack to a unique hellscape, and I love it. 

Archaeopteris have gone above and beyond on this offering. It's a record that ties into a lot of the traditional ideas within a very untraditional genre, but also one that seeks to push the boundaries. Those of us who listen to dissonant black metal will find common touchpoints, but it's of course interesting to hear as a band push over the top and strive for a different and all the more twisted future. Immersing yourself in the hate is a delight, and few bands really unveil this level of insanity the way Archaeopteris do.

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