Abduction – Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Finisterian Dead End
Distributor/label URL: http://finisteriandeadend.com
Released: 2016
Buy Album: http://shop.season-of-mist.com/abduction-une-ombre-regit-les-ombres-cd-digipack
Band Website: http://www.abduction.fr


Band line-up:

Guillaume Fleury (guitars)
François Blanc (vocals)
Mathieu Taverne (bass)
Morgan Velly (drums)


1. L’Horloge
2. Naphtalia
3. Sainte Chimère
4. Les Frissons Des Cimes
5. Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres
6. L’Enlèvement D’Automne


This October, Finisterian Dead End released French black metal quartet from Versailles, Abduction’s debut album Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres, and it turns out it is the perfect companion to autumn. Abduction was formed in 2010 and before this album they released their demo Heights’ Shivers with a good reception.

The album opens with the intro ‘L’Horloge’, a folk-like tune with a dark atmosphere. ‘Naphtalia’ goes into it full power! However a sudden shift takes you back to the intro briefly before continuing. An intriguing contrast to say the least! I am impressed with the album already.

The production quality is one you would expect from a band who admittedly take their inspiration from Dissection and Primordial. The calm and unrestful contrast continues throughout and François Blanc’s vocals turn into a clean wail briefly within these passages. Blanc is especially forceful during the majestic section following the mid-clean section of the song. ‘Sainte Chimère’ opens with a similar arpeggiated clean intro. By now we know what to expect, however then, Blanc starts singing in an Empyrium-like manner during one of the clean interludes. I know I keep mentioning the vocals, but they are intense and remarkable throughout the album. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the lyrical content because my French is horrible but the atmosphere they manage to produce is surprisingly light I would say.

There are some stressful and intensified moments but overall the album feels positive even. The rest of the album follows the pattern set out with these two decent-length songs (around 12 minutes each). The title song has an interesting guitar solo performed by Guillaume Fleury followed by a dissonant section which is unexpected in an otherwise harmonious album. ‘L’Enlèvement D’Automne’ closes the album with a calming epilogue.

Everything works pretty well within the album. If you are after a journey through the ups and down of the French landscape, this album is highly recommended.

Review by M Selim Yavuz