Thrash The Queen of Montreal released its latest Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer last October via Bam & Co. Heavy. Integrality is the group’s third release after La Foi, La Loi, La Croix (2019) and Le Métal Est Notre Langue (2018). The concept album, produced by producer Francis Perron (Voivod – The Wake), is Thrash’s metal opera La Reine on French-Canadian folklore presented on thirteen heavy metal bangers, nine full songs and four instrumental interludes. Overall, the album will connect with many French-speaking fans, but the group’s goal is also to expose French-Canadian culture to more metalheads around the world, regardless of their language.
“Metal is universal, regardless of the language in which it is presented vocally and lyrically. On ‘Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer’, these French-Canadian folk tales are about ghosts, witches, sins and the devil himself! goes very well with metal imagery! The album tackles many different styles: fast, slow, sad, happy songs with coarse or clear vocals. We also incorporated traditional instruments on this album with the use of mandolin, acoustic guitar, strings, accordion and cowbell as well as vocals and harmonies reminiscent of traditional singing. ”Adds the group.
Today, the trio is sharing their latest lyric video for their interpretation of the popular French-Canadian tale “La Chasse Galerie”, also known as “Le canot ensorcelé” or “The flying canoe”, which is the story of the Coureurs des Bois who make a pact with the devil, a variation of the European fable Wild Hunt.
“La Chasse-Galerie is probably the best-known French-Canadian folk tale. This legend tells the story of lumberjacks who make a pact with the devil on New Year’s Eve, so that they can fly in a mystical canoe to go visiting their gf and partying with their friends! Musically speaking, this track starts out in a darker energetic vibe. But in the middle, when the team arrives at the party, the mood of the song changes for something more joyful! “