Deluge – Ægo Templo

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Metal Blade Records
Released: 2020
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Band line-up:

Frédéric Franczak – Bass
Benjamin Marchal – Drums
Richard de Mello – Guitars
François-Thibaut Hordé – Guitars
Maxime Febvet – Vocals


1. Soufre
2. Opprobre
3. Abysses
4. Fratres
5. Gloire Au Silence
6. Ægo Templo
7. Baïne
8. Digue
9. Béryl
10. Vers


On the surface, the fusion of post-hardcore and black metal is – to this critic – a recipe for disaster, for I am a passionate collector of black metal and post-hardcore is the genre that made me cringe at what the hardcore punk scene became over the last 20 years and made me turn away from it. However, there do seem to be bands out there who take two such different genres and fuse them together with substance, as is the case for French band Deluge and their second album “Ægo Templo”.

The first thing to notice about this record is the vocals, which are almost entirely clean yet delivered with the ferocity of the screams and cries of post-black metal groups and typical hardcore kids screaming about their painful anxieties. At first, I wasn’t so sure of this direction but as the album progresses, you find it blends together with the musicianship in its own weird way.

Deluge have described themselves as being “untrve black metal” in the past, but I personally think their output holds more substance than White Metal and other genres I would deem “untrue”, for this album still felt like a decent black metal release and deals with themes that would fit on a typical black metal release.

Theme wise, the band delve into philosophies and theories that would make a student at one of Europe’s great universities smile. Whilst I do not speak French, I caught from the tone how dark and mournful tracks like “Beryl” are from its dirge-like nature. Dark philosophy or self-reflection is present most on this album so give it a spin if you want something of that ilk.

Overall, this is a promising set of tracks which showcase the band’s strengths to write interesting songs and fuse a quirky set of genres into a sound that is fitting for when you’re in a pensive state of mind. The execution of the songs takes a little while to get into but once you’re past that, “Ægo Templo” is a decent listen.

Review by Demitri Levantis