Alerion is a French black metal band from Lorraine, with very little info about them, since there are not any official pages about them at all. They were formed in 2008 and apart from the 2-track demo tape “Loreina” in 2010, nothing else was released by them. Finally they signed to Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions and their debut full-length album “VIII Sanctvaires” was out on March 2013.
The band is deeply inspired by their homeland’s history and their music is black metal with influences from epic pagan black metal. Their music is mostly based on their melodic, yet aggressive guitars and their fierce black metal screaming vocals. They move from mid to fast tempo, with a good production, closer to the underground sound. As the album title implies, “VIII Sanctvaires” has 8 compositions and it lasts for a little over 42 minutes. There is a common melancholic dark atmosphere in the album, but at the same time their songs have several differences between them. Some of them have a pure black metal approach, others a more epic melodic black metal feeling, others a pagan metal mood and there are even some progressive elements in their sound. A few clean vocals, closer to spoken laments actually, add a bigger variety in their sound, while all their lyrics are in their native language. Except for the French and especially the Lorraine History, their lyrics also deal with occult and old mysticism themes.
Overall I believe that Alerion’s debut will satisfy fans of underground black metal. The band has melodic elements in its music, but they don’t add synths or other instruments. Their sound remains closer to pure black metal. “VIII Sanctvaires” is released by Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions in a limited to 500 copies digipak edition, with 12-page black & white booklet that includes extracts of the lyrics. Since they don’t have any website, the only official info you can find about them comes from their label’s page.