FLEURETY
Black Metal / Avant-garde Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal • Norway

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Fleurety is a Norwegian avant-garde metal band. The band was formed in 1991 by Svein Egil Hatlevik and Alexander Nordgaren.

The band released their first demo Black Snow in 1993. After that came the 7" EP A Darker Shade of Evil in 1994, released via the English label Aesthetic Death Records. Both of these were in a fairly traditional Norwegian black metal style, although with very high-pitched screaming vocals, giving the band a characteristic sound.

In 1995, the band released the album Min Tid Skal Komme, as a cooperation between Aesthetic Death Records and Misanthropy Records. This recording featured a progressive/psychedelic black metal style with atonal harmonics, folk music elements, and female vocals by Norwegian pop singer Marian Aas Hansen.

With 1999's mini-album Last-minute Lies, the band moved even further away from their black metal origins. This recording and the following album was released by Supernal Music.

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.. Album Cover 4.02 | 6 ratings
Min Tid Skal Komme
Atmospheric Black Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Department of Apocalyptic Affairs
Avant-garde Metal 2000

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.. Album Cover 1.10 | 2 ratings
A Darker Shade of Evil
Black Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Last-minute Lies
Avant-garde Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ingentes Atque Decorii Vexilliferi Apokalypsis
Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evoco Bestias
Black Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Et Spiritus Meus Semper Sub Sanguinantibus Stellis Habitabit
Black Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fragmenta Cuinsvis Aetatis Contemporaneae
Black Metal 2017

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.. Album Cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Snow
Black Metal 1993
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Promo '95
Black Metal 1995

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FLEURETY Last-minute Lies

EP · 1999 · Avant-garde Metal
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"Last-Minute Lies" is an EP released in 1999 through Supernal Music by Norwegian experimental/avant garde metal (formerly black metal) act Fleurety. Fleurety´s 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 band´s 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 don´t appreciate extreme vocals but enjoy experimental/avant garde metal. It´s 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 we´re 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. It´s 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.

FLEURETY Min Tid Skal Komme

Album · 1995 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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"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". It´s safe to say that my interest in the band wasn´t 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.

I´ll lay it flat out here. I´m 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 I´ve 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 album´s playing time so fans of that band should probably consider checking out this album as well. A highly recommendable album.

FLEURETY A Darker Shade of Evil

EP · 1994 · Black Metal
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"A Darker Shade of Evil" is an EP release by Norwegian black metal act Fleurety. There´s 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 it´s definitely the high pitched and weird vocals that give the music its identity. The rest is rather generic.

The musicianship is unpolished and raw. I´m not impressed but the band members are probably very young at this point so it´s 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 I´ve ever heard mean that I can´t 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 Fleurety´s debut album "Min Tid Skal Komme (1995)" which makes the purchase of this EP even less attractive unless you are a hardcore collector.

FLEURETY Black Snow

Demo · 1993 · Black Metal
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"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 it´s 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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