Fleurety - The White Death album review

Norway’s avant-black pioneers make a long-awaited return

Cover art for Fleurety - The White Death album

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

Fleurety were among the spearhead of late-90s Norwegian bands using black metal as a jumping-off point for all manner of bizarre and radical new thought patterns. The duo haven’t helmed a full-length album since 2000, but for eight years they’ve sporadically eked out a comeback through limited seven-inches. The White Death more resolutely nurtures their early black metal roots, but they’re all bent out of shape and fuzzy with mad dream logic, confirming Fleurety’s top-dog status in the maximum security wing where Darkthrone are testing powerful new medication with the Bad Seeds and Voivod are drowning the Cocteau Twins in a tin bath. There’s a deeply queasy streak of surrealist musical mischief-making reflected in the warped, basement-taped sound; as Eric Morecambe would say, Fleurety are playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.

Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.