Les Légions Noires

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Les Légions Noires
Origin France
Years active 1993–1997, 2015–present
Labels Drakkar
End All Life
Full Moon
Past members Lord Aäkon Këëtrëh
Lord Beleth'Rim
Vordb Bathor Ecsed
Vorlok Drakksteim
Wlad Drakksteim
Dark Wizzard of Silence
Lord Meyhna'ch
Lord Ogvdreb
Lord Urvdrem
Mørdrëd / Belinda

Les Légions Noires (also known as The Black Legions in English, or simply abbreviated to LLN) was an avant-garde group of French underground black metal musicians and their bands, centered mostly around the city of Brest, in Britanny. The bands involved limited their releases to very small numbers (often just enough to get to the other circle members), and distributed them among friends and close workers.

Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.

Brest, France Subprefecture and commune in Brittany, France

Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Located in a sheltered bay not far from the western tip of the peninsula, and the western extremity of metropolitan France, Brest is an important harbour and the second French military port after Toulon. The city is located on the western edge of continental Europe. With 142,722 inhabitants in a 2007 census, Brest is at the centre of Western Brittany's largest metropolitan area, ranking third behind only Nantes and Rennes in the whole of historic Brittany, and the 19th most populous city in France; moreover, Brest provides services to the one million inhabitants of Western Brittany. Although Brest is by far the largest city in Finistère, the préfecture of the department is the much smaller Quimper.



Possibly the circle was formed in the late 1980s, early 1990s, in response to the supposed Norwegian "Black Metal Inner Circle". According to a 2005 series in Terrorizer magazine on the history of black metal, "A bunch of corpsepainted characters, rumoured to be drawn from such acts as Mütiilation, Torgeist and Vlad Tepes named themselves the 'Black Legions' as a tribute to the so-called 'Black Mafia' Norwegian BM heroes Darkthrone and Burzum, who were supposedly ready to terrorize Christians a couple of years before." [1] The first recordings of LLN members came about in the early 1990s, and their influence was acknowledged in the same issue of Terrorizer: "One should never count out France, primarily as the home of the inscrutably influential Black Legions of ridiculous rawness during the mid-90s." [2]

<i>Terrorizer</i> (magazine)

Terrorizer is an extreme music magazine published by Dark Arts Ltd. in the United Kingdom. It is released every four weeks with thirteen issues a year and features a "Fear Candy" covermount CD, a twice yearly "Fear Candy Unsigned" CD, and a double-sided poster.

Mütiilation is a French ambient black metal solo project, consisting of William "Meyhna'ch" Roussel. The project started in 1991 and has released six full-length albums and appeared on several EPs and compilations.

Vlad Tepes was a French black metal band which was formed in Brest in 1993. The name originated from the 15th-century Wallachian ruler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's fictional vampire Dracula. The group belongs to the Black Legions. Vorlok Drakksteim also has a side project named Black Murder, for which he is the composer, while Wlad Drakksteim is the composer for Vlad Tepes. Vlad Tepes were one of the Black Legions bands featured in the magazine The Black Plague - First Chapter in 1995.

Regarding their influences, Wlad Drakksteim of Vlad Tepes referred, in an interview with Petrified magazine, to Hellhammer and especially Bathory: "Every True Black Metal Horde should play in old Bathory style." [3] When asked about the "Norwegian Black Metal Mafia", he said, "Norwegian mafia did lots of 'bad' things to this world. With Euronymous death MAYHEM is definitely dead and it's better like that as it will help Black Metal to return to darkness. [Euronymous] must be in peace now so I don't complain [lament?] him. And about Varg Vikernes (BURZUM) I don't have any opinion. WE have OUR opinions and he certainly knows them so..." [4]

Hellhammer was a Swiss extreme metal band from Nurensdorf, active during 1981–1984. They are regarded as a key influence on black metal, and one of the founders of death metal. In June 1984, Hellhammer disbanded and founded another highly influential band, Celtic Frost.

Bathory (band) Swedish metal band

Bathory were an extreme metal group formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 named after Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory. The band's frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon. Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, Bathory's first four albums are considered to be "the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal". The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band experimented with thrash metal on the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

The best-known bands of the LLN are Mütiilation (the one-man band formed by William Roussel, also known as Meyhna'ch), Belketre, Torgeist, and Vlad Tepes.

Vlad Tepes have been outspoken in the goals of their black metal: "We are Black Legions of Satan, we are the immortal warriors of Black imperial blood. We are here to pervert christian worms and they shall face the Black holocaust. It's near!" [4]

While none of the bands involved in Les Légions Noires released any new material from 1998 to 2014, Belketre released a new EP entitled Ryan Èvn-A in 2015. It is unclear if the bands were inactive during that time or simply preferred not to release their material to the public.


<i>Hail Satanas We Are the Black Legions</i> 1994 EP by Mütiilation

Hail Satanas We Are The Black Legions was the first studio recording by Mütiilation, a one-man French heavy metal music project. The recording pays a direct homage to The Black Legions, which Mütiilation had just joined. It was issued as a 7" vinyl EP.

<i>Vampires of Black Imperial Blood</i> 1995 studio album by Mütiilation

Vampires of Black Imperial Blood was Mütiilation's and The Black Legions first full-length album. It was also the first full-length CD publication from Drakkar Productions, a French record label freshly established in 1994 by fellow musician Noktu.

Bands and projects

AäK = Lord Aäkon Këëtrëh
BLT = Lord Beleth'Rim
VRD = Vordb Bathor Ecsed (a.k.a. Vordb Dreagvor Uezeerb)
WOR = Worlok Drakksteim (a.k.a. Vorlok Drakkstein)
WLD = Wlad Drakksteim (a.k.a. Vlad Drakkstein)
NFL = Nifleim
NAI = Naimlambre
KRS = Krissagrazabeth
MYH = Meyhna'ch
ADS = A Dark Soul


= member
(┿) = former/past member
all = all instruments
dr = drums
vo = vocals
gt = guitar
ba = bass guitar

Aäkon Këëtrëh3 demos
Amaka Hahina3 demos, 1 CD
Belathuzur2 demos
Belkètre4 demos, 1 CD
Black Murder2 demos
Brenoritvrezorkre(vo,gt,dr)dr4 demos
Dvnaèbkre1 demo
Dzlvarv1 demo
Moëvöt7 demos
Mütiilation (dr)6 CDs, 3 EPs, 6 demos
Satanicum Tenebraeall3 demos
Seviss2 demos
Susvourtredrvo,ba1 demo
Torgeistgtgt,vobadr3 demos, 1 CD
Uatrb Vélèpr1 demo
Vagézaryavtregt,vo,bavo1 demo
Vérmyapre Kommandobagt,vo,dr(dr)1 demo
Vlad Tepes ba,vovo,gt,dr(dr)(dr)10 demos, 2 CDs
Vzaeurvbtre3 demos


  1. Strachan, Guy (2005). "Overview of the French scene". Terrorizer . 128: 38.
  2. Birk, Nathan T. (2005). "Overview of the French scene". Terrorizer . 128: 44.
  3. "Vlad Tepes: Interview with Wlad [Drakksteim]". Petrified. 3. 1994. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  4. 1 2 "Vlad Tepes: Awaiting the Forthcoming Black Holocaust..." Kill Yourself. 2: 15–16. 1995. Retrieved 2009-03-03.

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