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Boréalys, a Canadian atmospheric black metal project drops "L'héritage"

Boréalys, a Canadian atmospheric black metal project, narrates the tales of their terroir through "L'héritage," an album that invokes the melancholic essence of their past with a hauntingly immersive soundscape.

Boréalys is a black metal project formed in northern Québec (in Abitibi). Around 2015, Abstrus (formerly of Brumes) gave birth to the initial guitar riffs, which would eventually shape the EP "Là où les eaux se séparent" (released under labels Winter Sky/Les Fleurs du Mal/Non Posse Mori, recorded at the "Black Amp Studio" and "Dans l'Antre") and their debut album "L'héritage" (released under Northern Silence Productions, also recorded at the "Black Amp Studio" and "Dans l'Antre"). In 2018, Julius (from Black Empire) joined the project as the drummer, followed by K. (from Wendess) for bass and mix/mastering. In 2020, K. left the band, and Abstrus took over bass duties for the album "L'héritage," solidifying Boréalys as a duo.

Solely in the French language, Boréalys is deeply entrenched in its history, weaving tales and legends of its terroir. Within a defined atmosphere, the band conjures memories and customs of the past, reflecting the struggles and endeavors of their ancestors who settled the land. This ambience also evokes a sense of freedom emanating from the boundless forests and the numerous rivers that fortify their identity. As an homage to their native tongue and Francophone roots, Boréalys remains an exclusively French project.

With a weighty and melancholic atmosphere, Boréalys draws inspiration from the Scandinavian black metal scene of the '90s and the likes of bands such as Drudkh and Abyssic Hate.

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