Peste Noire > DSOI wish more people listen to Deathspell Omega
As much as "La sanie des siècles : Panégyrique de la dégénérescence" is a hipster darling, I wholeheartedly enjoy it track to track. Peste Noire's first release serves as an outstanding example of how Black Metal should evolve: not regurgitating Darkthrone/Burzum, but at the same time not losing sight of the genre's spirit and its whole preoccupation with the ancient and the pagan. Faggotry like Deathspell Omega and Sunbather painfully remind me of how Black Metal shouldn't have evolved. In the same way that there's some kind of spiritual parallel between Landser and Absurd, I'd bet anything Peste Noire took some cues from all these old French RAC bands like Légion 88 or Bunker 84. That baroque sense of melody, the silly hooligan ethos, the dungeon atmosphere and fetishism for all things Medieval and rustic in general, etc.
Unfortunately, Famile's ego was far too big for his ambitions. He's one of those cleverer-than-thou aesthetes who probably spent years fleshing out his incredibly personalized, specific philosophy/aesthetic before he even picked up his first guitar. How do you even describe his schtick without sounding like a douche? "Phantasmagorical rural gutter poetry?" "Medieval absurdism?" You don't. You only sound stupider with each attempt. When a moderately talented artist takes that approach, the debut ends up sounding like any other band's 4th album; "La Sanie..." isn't perfect, but it feels like the logical conclusion of a decade of development and shapeshifting, rather than a debut released a few years after the first demo.
Thus, there's nowhere for early bloomer bands like this to go except down. On Peste Noire's actual fourth release "L'ordure à L'état pur", the line between genuine outsider weirdness and McDada eroded and the band ended up sounding like a baguette version of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. I will admit there's something strangely charming about the whole affair and there are some occasions I will revisit the album, but I'm not surprised to see what a meme they've become in 2019. It was only a matter of time before they released something as awful as that last album from the year prior.