Chapelle ardente

by Cauchemar

supported by
Oddball thumbnail
Oddball C'est excellent cela ici. Il faut maintenant que j'apprend tout la terminologie de métal en Français.

headbang = headbang


death growl = chant gutteral

Ca c'est meilleur.

devil horns = cornes du diable

Boom! J'aime celui-ci! Le titre du prochain album peutêtre? Favorite track: La nuit des âmes.
Maison Planàterre
Maison Planàterre thumbnail
Maison Planàterre Cet album s'inscrit dans les
canevas sonores des deux 1ers
albums. Dès le 1er Titre, j'ai
reconnu ce son efficace, soutenu,
avec les jeux guitaristiques
du rock métal classique. Les
textes recherchés et pertinents
Chapelle_ardente/575080), et la
voix de jolie nécromancienne
d'Annick Giroux, ajoutent à
cette atmosphère
moyenâgeuse magique et

"Étoile d'argent" perfo: Favorite track: Nécromancie.
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7.50 USD  or more




Available on



Being a musical style that enjoyed its greatest heyday and period of development in the 1970s and 1980s, it is remarkably difficult in 2016 to find a heavy/doom metal band that practices its craft with the same level of conviction and authenticity as its forefathers. Cauchemar, a French-Canadian quartet of practitioners of this craft, are an exception in an otherwise drowning sea of mostly uninspiring, modern-day, traditional heavy metal bands. Beginning with their debut recording, the “La Vierge Noire” MLP, and continuing with their first full-length album, “Tenebrario,” Cauchemar laid the necessary groundwork for a strong bid to place themselves atop the mantle under which the flames of true heavy metal still burn. With the release of their second album, “Chapelle Ardente,” Cauchemar continues this crusade with the enduring support of Nuclear War Now!

Admirers of their previous works will be pleased to find that there has been no seismic shift in the band’s approach to writing and performance. Still present are François Patry’s driving, hook-filled riffs, which are likely to remind one of those written and executed by Alan Jones of the great Pagan Altar. Also familiar is the mysterious, haunting intrigue in the French-language vocals, as performed by Annick Giroux. Indeed, it has been these melancholic but powerful female vocal performances that have given Cauchemar a distinctive flavor which has largely set the band apart from the vast majority of their contemporaries. Giroux’s vocals tend to flourish in middle registers, which are noticeably deeper than most female vocalists, and this quality gives them a discernible fullness that, when combined with just the precise amount of reverb in their production, lends each song an aura of somber allure.

On the other hand, there are several subtle but significant developments to be found in this recording that provide evidence of a band whose songwriting and musicianship have evolved. What most sets this album apart from previous Cauchemar recordings is an increased maturity in songwriting and complexity in the compositions. The album as a whole is a bit more dynamic than its predecessor, with greater variation in Patry’s riffs and the song structures overall. Finally, the key addition of an organ in several of the tracks is an appropriately novel complement to Cauchemar’s brand of heavy/doom metal. Recorded in a chapel on a Casavant pipe organ from 1880, this ingredient bears a striking authenticity that could not have been matched with the use of more standard keyboards.

All told, each of the aforementioned traits of “Chapelle Ardente,” in combination with the themes explored in the lyrical content, serve to collectively and successfully express the album’s solemn meditations on death and dying, all the while maintaining Cauchemar’s status as a beacon of light in today’s heavy metal scene.

- C. Conrad


released June 29, 2016


all rights reserved



Cauchemar Ottawa, Ontario

Cauchemar is a French-Canadian heavy metal band founded in 200. Its music is distinguished by its doom metal and hard rock influences, and by the mystical french-language singing of Annick Giroux.

contact / help

Contact Cauchemar

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Cauchemar, you may also like: