Occitan is a Romance language and culture. It is spoken in southern France, Italy's Occitan Valleys, Monaco, and Spain's Val d'Aran. Collectively, these regions are sometimes referred to as Occitania. It's origins can be dated back to the 1300's. It's another statement of the rich history of Europe.
It has been eight long years since their last album, which might be a symptom of their urge to perfection. Yet, not much has changed so it seems, since this new album is another harsh, grinding and furious black metal release, laced with melody and a mystifying atmosphere. The album contains ten songs, ten delicious pieces of nineties inspired black metal. Several acts come to mind, from Enslaved to Darkthrone to Dimmu Borgir and so on, but the French lyrics really take this thing to another level. And that surprised me. I'm usually not a fan of the French language but here it fits perfectly. It adds that ancient European identity that makes some black metal bands stand out in an already overcrowded genre.
I'm not going into a song by song description on this one, mostly because all of the songs are built upon the same foundations: fierce black metal and an ancient heritage. With that, perhaps you can say that 'L'Esprit Des Vents' is not a very varied album and that's might be true but it still is a strong and immersive piece of music, with some excellent highlights like the folkish 'Ode à la Croix Cléchée', one of my personal favorite. That one is followed by another favorite of mine, the harsh blackened punk tune '[1802-1869] Les Méfaits de Mornac'. There are others too but I'll leave them up to you to discover. Black metal fans of all ages and areas should check out this one, because this is pure, this is vintage and this is loyal. This is simply a masterpiece.