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Experimental/Post Metal • Norway


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FLEURETY, a crucial figure in the post-black scene named after a mythological creature, was formed in December 1999 in Ytre Enebakk, Norway. The collective is essentially a two-man group consisting of Alexander Nordgaren (guitars, vocals prior to the debut full-length album) and Svein Egil Hatlevik (drums, keyboards, vocals)

The demo titled "Black Snow" was the duo's first recording and saw the light of day in May 1993. Featuring atrocious sound quality, unbelievably high squeals and a unique approach to the quintessential black metal sound of the time, the album was not received very well and mostly earned disapproval amongst the underground scene's numerous enthusiasts. The ensuing re-recording of the demo came out in the shape of an EP with the name "A Darker Shade Of Evil" with substantially enhanced production, much to the discontent of the listeners for the same chief reason. Both luckily to their ears and regrettably to Mr. Nordgaren who used to be in charge of the vocals, he had lost his voice and thus was replaced by Svein Egil Hatlevik with a significantly more listenable timbre.

The situation changed drastically when Misanthropy Records and Aesthetic Death Records simultaneously released FLEURETY's now legendary debut album "Min Tid Skal Komme", instantly making the duo the foremost pioneers of the shaping subgenre that would much later receive the name 'Post-Black'. The album featured an extremely refreshing approach to the black metal genre to the extent that it became almost unrecognisable as such. Technical, progressive and even relaxing (!), transcending the initial primitive structure into an adventurous journey, "Min Tid Skal Komme" saw the group outperform their colleagues when it came to originality, creativity and imagination.The album could be easily described as an attempt to compose and perform black metal music with a progressive mindset.

The next offering of the group entitled "Last-Minute Lies" - an EP containing three brand new tracks - came out only four years later after its predecessor, despite having been completed by 1997. The reason of this delay is a number of disagreements between the musicians and the label. Last-Minute Lies was significantly different from the debut full-length release, as the group banished all the black metal tendencies in an attempt to create a futuristic experimental album featuring use of electronics, use of saxophone and guest appearances of two female vocalists.

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3.86 | 9 ratings
Min Tid Skal Komme
1995
3.57 | 7 ratings
Department of Apocalyptic Affairs
2000

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1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Snow ( Demo)
1993
1.09 | 3 ratings
A Darker Shade Of Evil
1994
4.00 | 3 ratings
Last-Minute Lies
1999

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 Last-Minute Lies by FLEURETY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Last-Minute Lies
Fleurety Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Last-Minute Lies" is an EP released in 1999 through Supernal Music by Norwegian experimental/avant garde metal (formerly black metal) act Fleurety. Fleuretyīs debut album "Min Tid Skal Komme (1995)" was a strong semi-progressive black metal album that I enjoyed greatly and I felt that the band had been through a rapid and positive development in style since their quite disastrous demo "Black Snow (1993)" and the "A Darker Shade Of Evil (1994)" EP. The release of "Last-Minute Lies" comes a whole four years after the release of "Min Tid Skal Komme" and again the bandīs music has evolved into something totally different than what they presented on their last release.

Gone are the extreme black metal vocals from the debut album which should help make this EP interesting for people who donīt appreciate extreme vocals but enjoy experimental/avant garde metal. Itīs actually not audible on this EP that Fleurety was once a black metal band. Instead of the extreme male vocals on previous releases by the band weīre treated to some jazzy female vocals on this EP (and a few male monotone singing/ talking type vocals too). A rather strange but definitely succcesful addition to the sound. The songs are generally not as complex in structure as the songs on "Min Tid Skal Komme" but they are still very intriguing. The atmosphere is dark and sombre and the addition of occasional saxophone really brings much to the atmosphere too. Itīs hard to make comparisons to any other artists as this is very original music but a band like Virus (mostly in the way the guitar sounds) comes to mind a few times. The rythms in the music are quite enjoyable too and deserves a mention.

The musicianship is excellent. All instruments are played by Alexander Nordgaren and S. E. Hatlevik excluding the saxophone and the female singing which are delivered by Mari Solberg (saxophone), Karianne Horn (vocals on "Facets" and "I Saw Claws") and Ayna B. Johansen (vocals on "Vortex").

The production is excellent. A very suiting sound for the music.

"Last-Minute Lies" is quite an excellent EP by Fleurety and as the playing time is 20:18 minutes there is also plenty of quantity for the money. A deserved 4 star rating and a big recommendation to those who are interesting in listening to a very original approach to experimental/ avant garde metal without extreme vocals.

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 Min Tid Skal Komme  by FLEURETY album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.86 | 9 ratings

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Min Tid Skal Komme
Fleurety Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Min Tid Skal Komme" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian black metal act Fleurety. The band released a demo called "Black Snow" in 1993 and an EP in 1994 called "A Darker Shade Of Evil". Itīs safe to say that my interest in the band wasnīt too ecstatic after listening to those two releases so therefore it was a great surprise when I put this album on for the first time.

The style of music is still black metal but lots of melodic elements are now a part of the sound. Beautiful acoustic guitar parts, female singing and a generally great dark atmosphere makes this album an excellent listening experience. One of the things I enjoy greatly on the album is the rather adventurous structure of the songs. The riffs are not very complex but there are quite a few of them in each song. Somehow Fleurety manages to maintain a great flow in the songs though and every song is cohesive and memorable despite the rather large amount of parts in each song. The songs vary in pace from slow to mid to fast and the change in pace helps keep the songs interesting. The use of keyboards on the album is generally very tasteful. This is not symphonic black metal. The keyboard parts that do occur are great for the atmosphere on the album. In addition to the atmospheric female vocal parts there are also some tortured black metal rasps (fortunately Fleurety have dropped the annoying high pitched squeals that mared the demo and on the EP). There are only five songs on the album but three of them are about 10 minute long tracks and the total playing time is 44:45 minutes. The album was re-issued in 2003 with the "A Darker Shade Of Evil" EP and the extra track "Absence".

The musicianship is good and the production is powerful and suits the music well.

Iīll lay it flat out here. Iīm very impressed by the development that has taken place with this band over such a short period of time. Fleurety have gone from being a very amateurish and badly produced black metal act to being a very interesting semi-progressive ditto in one year and While Iīve debated with myself wether or not to give a 4 star rating or only a big 3.5 star rating I simply enjoy myself too much not to give a 4. Fans of semi-progressive atmospheric black metal should take a listen here. I was reminded of a band like Agalloch more than one time during the albumīs playing time so fans of that band should probably consider checking out this album as well. A highly recommendable album.

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 A Darker Shade Of Evil by FLEURETY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
1.09 | 3 ratings

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A Darker Shade Of Evil
Fleurety Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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1 stars "A Darker Shade of Evil" is an EP release by Norwegian black metal act Fleurety. Thereīs been a lineup change since the release of the 1993 "Black Snow" demo as bassist Per Amund Solberg has left the band. The consequence is that Fleurety is a two man band on "A Darker Shade of Evil" consisting of Alexander Nordgaren on guitar, bass and vocals and Svein Egil Hatlevik on keyboards and drums.

Like the "Black Snow" demo this EP consists of three tracks where the second song is a short instrumental interlude between two noisy and simple black metal tracks. "Profanations Beneath the Bleeding Stars" from the demo is also featured on "A Darker Shade of Evil" while the other two tracks on the EP are new. Fleurety continues the very distinct black metal style they initiated on the "Black Snow" demo . The music is not very original or exciting to my ears and itīs definitely the high pitched and weird vocals that give the music its identity. The rest is rather generic.

The musicianship is unpolished and raw. Iīm not impressed but the band members are probably very young at this point so itīs excusable to some extent.

The sound quality is really bad. Very raw and unpolished lo-fi sound quality.

"A Darker Shade of Evil" is not a release that pleases me much. Bad sound quality, simple/ primitive compositions, below average musicianship and some of the most annoying high pitched vocals Iīve ever heard mean that I canīt give this EP anything else but a 1 star rating. In addition to the mentioned weaknesses all tracks are also available on the 2003 re-issue of Fleuretyīs debut album "Min Tid Skal Komme (1995)" which makes the purchase of this EP even less attractive unless you are a hardcore collector.

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 Black Snow ( Demo) by FLEURETY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
1.00 | 1 ratings

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Black Snow ( Demo)
Fleurety Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
1 stars "Black Snow" is the debut demo by Norwegian black metal act Fleurety. The demo was released in 1993.

The music is very primitive black metal with some very distinct sounding vocals. The high pitched squeals by Alexander Nordgaren is surely an aquired taste and if you ask me they are quite the challenge. The demo features three tracks where "Descent Into Darkness" and "Profanations Beneath the Bleeding Stars" are black metal songs while "Mortuus Est Dei Filius" is a short song with acoustic guitars. A kind of bridge between the two heavy tracks. The pace is generally slower than on most black metal releases.

The musicianship is imature and the sound production is very lo-fi and noisy.

"Black Snow" put Fleurety on the map but itīs not a very succesful release to my ears. The songwriting is imature, the sound production barely listenable and the distinct sounding vocals are honestly quite the turn off. I seldom rate anything with 1 star but this is too amateurish to receive a higher rating.

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