Monday Breakfast Blend presents:

This morning we’re looking at the music of Les Légions Noires, or L.L.N., or the Black Legions as they’re variously called — a small, extremely insular circle of black metal musicians in France, mostly around the city of Brest, in the early to mid 90s. Their scene was unique in many ways. They seemed to talk about their internal worlds — sadness, grief, melancholy — more than other black metal bands of the period; for every “Black Wind of War” there’s an “I Died From a Vampiric Grief” (relatable). Sonically, the music of Les Légions Noires is sometimes so strange that it veers off the path of what can honestly be called metal entirely. They created a language, “gloatre,” consisting of lengthy strings of unpronounceable letter combinations with abundant and various accent marks. All these tactics helped ensure that their music was like the group itself — strange, melancholic, and to some degree unknowable. 

We started off listening to some of the central Black Legions bands like Mütiilation, Vlad Tepes, and Belkètre; in the next block we dug a little deeper with some proto-LLN bands like Chapel of Ghouls and Zelda, and also explored some of the other bands from this scene that also played at least semi-traditional black metal; in the next block, however (getting weirder and less pronounceable as we go), we looked at central figure Vordb’s solo work, with tracks from Moëvöt, Brenoritvrezorkre, and Vagézaryavtre; finally, we took in the mixed bag featuring other dark ambient artists like Satanicum Tenebrae and Aäkon Këëtrëh, but also raw black metal from the likes of Vèrmyapre Kommando and Seviss.

Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you in two weeks!

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Here is a link to an archive of photos, interviews, zines, and scans of Black Legions output: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xjNdRgbMdMk2YMwm9VfBWNcTAbxDVXrj?usp=sharing.

 

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Playlist:

    Time: January 18 - 2:04:00 am
  • Hail Satanas We Are the Black Legions - Single

    Mutiilation, “Black Wind of War”

    from Hail Satanas We Are the Black Legions - Single

    Osmose Productions - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 2:08:12 am
  • Vampires of Black Imperial Blood

    Mutiilation, “Born Under the Master's Spell”

    from Vampires of Black Imperial Blood

    Osmose Productions - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 2:13:42 am
  • Vlad Tepes, “I Died From A Vampiric Grief”

    from Demo

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 2:20:46 am
  • Vlad Tepes, “War Funeral March”

    from War Funeral March

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 2:26:02 am
  • Belkètre, “Night of Sadness”

    from March to the Black Holocaust

    Self Released - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 2:30:12 am
  • Belkètre, “Despair”

    from March to the Black Holocaust

    Self Released - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 2:32:50 am
  • Torgeist, “Bloody Tears”

    from Time of Sabbath

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 2:36:08 am
  • Torgeist, “Sweet Death”

    from Time of Sabbath

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 2:38:26 am
  • Black Murder, “Those Dark Desires That Torment My Soul”

    from Feats

    Self Released - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 2:43:22 am
  • Zelda, “Promulgate Theocentrism”

    from Demo

    Self Released - 1991

  • Time: January 18 - 2:48:47 am
  • Chapel of Ghouls, “Beyond Sorcery”

    from Prays to Nothingness

    Self Released - 1990

  • Time: January 18 - 2:53:43 am
  • Brenoritvrezorkre, “Tsaévarya Zurgtapre”

    from Nèvgzérya

    Self Released - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 3:01:41 am
  • Moëvöt, “In einem Friedhof ~Errance~”

    from Abgzvoryathre

    Self Released - 1993

  • Time: January 18 - 3:05:23 am
  • Moëvöt, “Notre Pere”

    from Abgzvoryathre

    Self Released - 1993

  • Time: January 18 - 3:07:49 am
  • Moëvöt, “Fin de Nuit”

    from Ézlèfbdrèthtr Vèpréub Zuèrkl Mazagvatre Èrbsèdréa

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 3:07:50 am
  • Moëvöt, “Larmes Crépusculaires”

    from Ézlèfbdrèthtr Vèpréub Zuèrkl Mazagvatre Èrbsèdréa

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 3:09:54 am
  • Moëvöt, “Ehepr Abgzvoryaerv~Chant d'éternité II~”

    from Abgzvoryathre

    Self Released - 1993

  • Time: January 18 - 3:12:03 am
  • Moëvöt, “Wolken~Ma Vie~”

    from Abgzvoryathre

    Self Released - 1993

  • Time: January 18 - 3:16:46 am
  • Moëvöt, “Uatr Mazagvatre Èrbsèdréa”

    from Ézlèfbdrèthtr Vèpréub Zuèrkl Mazagvatre Èrbsèdréa

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 3:28:27 am
  • Brenoritvrezorkre, “Nèvgzérya”

    from Nèvgzérya

    Self Released - 1995

  • Time: January 18 - 3:30:51 am
  • Vagézaryavtre, “Tsaévarya Vagézaryavtre”

    from Tsaévarya Vagézaryavtre

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 3:34:56 am
  • Satanicum Tenebrae, “The Tombstone”

    from Til Helvete

    Self Released - 1994

  • Time: January 18 - 3:39:16 am
  • Aäkon Këëtrëh, “-”

    from Dans la forêt...

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:44:09 am
  • Vèrmyapre Kommando, “Crache­-la-­Mört”

    from Crache­-la-­Mört

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:45:43 am
  • Vèrmyapre Kommando, “Vèrmyapre Kommando”

    from Crache­-la-­Mört

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:49:23 am
  • Seviss, “Le vent de l'apocalypse”

    from Et pleure le bâtard...

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:53:46 am
  • Seviss, “L'ultime massacre”

    from Et pleure le bâtard...

    Self Released - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:56:50 am
  • Dzlvarv, “I”

    from Demo

    1996 - 1996

  • Time: January 18 - 3:58:50 am
  • Belathauzer, “Sorrowful Moon”

    from Demo '94

    Self Released - 1994

    Monday Breakfast Blend    January 18th, 2021

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