Gauchiste debuts from the darkness


Release Date: Jan 01, 70

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Direct from Hell, Gauchiste (a French word meaning a politically left-wing individual) has released their debut LP, S/T (Little Black Cloud); a great 7-track album for a quiet evening at home, skinning live cats, or as a soundtrack for burning down a church. Tomas Phillips (Confessor and Loincloth), Tannon Penland, and Craig Hilton have served as contributors to a number of bands, mostly in Europe (where else?).

Self-described as ambient isolationist Maldoror (a term often associated with apocalyptic folk) metal, Gauchiste creates ethereal black metal-noise with little more than possessed samples and the occasional demonic growl recreating the sounds of a resurrection of the spirit of black metal if it were to speak at a seance. It’s weird.

In “Viols” – a good track by default –  guitar and drums fade in from the background, and dissolve back into the eerie synth as quickly as they surfaced as viols – the instrument- create the slow heaving foundation from which they emerge and become reburied.

It’s effective at what it aims to do – haunt your thoughts. But a time when or where one might want that kind of effect from their music…I don’t know.

  • Anonymous

    Wow , your review gave me  nothing to work with …
    I checked out their stuff online and i’m digging it .