Review 2082 : Griffon – De Republica – English

History is written with a capital letter for Griffon.

Founded in Paris in 2012, the band carved out a reputation in the local scene, released an EP and an album, then signed to Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions with a split in 2019. In 2024, Aharon (vocals, A/Oratos, ex-Geisterfels), Sinai (guitar, The Order of Apollyon, ex-Moonreich), Kryos (drums, Azziard, Hats Barn, Neptrecus) and Antoine (guitar) announce the release of De Republica, their third album.

The album kicks off with L’Homme du Tarn, retracing the work of socialist deputy Jean Jaurès with fury and heaviness, as well as sharp melodies. The sampled parts (taken from the man’s speeches) contrast with the visceral screams that haunt the most frantic and weighing passages, sometimes strengthened by impressive keyboards, as on the melancholic choruses, also found on The Ides of March, the following track, which takes advantage of the haunting ambience to unveil its fiery riffs. The lyrics, in English and Greek, resonate as if in a much darker vein, while the jerky rhythmic pattern constantly suffocates us, allowing only a few more dissonant, airy passages before giving way to the vindictive La Semaine Sanglante and its danceable harmonics that lead the charge. Here, the band sings of the Trois Glorieuses with raw sounds and numerous choruses, recalling the strength of a united and unchained people before the final vocal sample puts an end to it, finally allowing us to catch our breath to begin A l’Insurrection. Quietude is quickly and unsurprisingly trampled by a wave of fury depicting the situation in Paris in 1871, and despite the calmer break, the tension is palpable within the instrumental and its elusive melodies. The final’s heaviness is barely soothed by keyboards, while darkness resurfaces on the opening notes of La Loi de la Nation, letting melancholy guide us as we join the oppressive rhythm, symbolized by the battle between Church and Republic. There’s a certain suffering in the voice that brings this new reality to life, surrounded by the overwhelming rhythm, then the musicians return to a more recent period in the country with De Republica, contrasting it with an icy and sometimes impressive Old School approach while keeping its chaotic leads before closing the album with a massive theatrical final.

Griffon had already demonstrated their evolution with their previous album, and the band now confirms their position as spearheads of French Black Metal. De Republica couples a unique melodic approach with an expressive and accurate narrative, making this album both musically indispensable and a compendium of history.

95/100

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