Unlike many French bands, Moonreich uses the English language, which I guess makes it a lot more approachable than some of their fellow countrymen's bands. However, that might be the only listener friendly gesture they do. Everything else about 'Fugue' is sheer catharsis.
You can immediately notice that Moonreich is somewhat different in the beginning of 'Fugue part.I - Every Time She Passes Away'. Here, no dark ambient intro, only guitars which after a few seconds explode in an avant garde frenzy, inspired not only by old and new school black metal but also by sludge, post, hardcore, progressive and doom metal. The result is an intense but immersive whirlpool of extreme music, only here and there interrupted by calmer breathers. The entire 'Fugue' sage, two tracks long is brilliantly composed and executed to perfection.
There are more fantastic pieces of musical extremism to be found here. 'With Open Throat For Way Too Long' is an absolute nerves wrecker, one that takes a big step away from traditional black metal, only to enter something more evil, eerie and intense. This is one of those black metal songs that might drive people insane, especially the ones who aren't used to extreme music. 'Rarefaction' is another brilliant example of musical derangement, possibly my personal favorite on 'Fugue'.
In all, this is a unique, well varied and highly adventurous approach to the most extreme of musical genres. Moonreich are aiming for the absolute forefront of French black metal and with a business card like this one, there is little doubt that they will succeed in their mission. Still, this comes with a warning. To be able to enjoy this album, you'd better be a seasoned musical extremist, otherwise you might end up in some white van, dressed in a fashionable straight jacket. You have been warned...