Review by Denis on November 27, 2002.
I don't know what's going on nowadays with the black metal scene but the more I find out about it, the more I discover stuff that I like. Now with this new band, I'm thrilled once more with something totally different. This is far from old school but rather a new musical direction. It mixes up elements of industrial with a black metal structure and the end result is highly consumable to my musically oriented ears.
A band with a strange name built around a Norwegian elite corp. The guitarist and drummer are both from Mayhem. Red Harvest is the current band of the keyboard player. This CD is made of four songs but I whish it would be actually a full length. Another thing that is too bad is that maybe there won't be another recording from them since this is more like a special/side project. Too bad. One can only hope for more in the future.
Here's a track-by-track brief description.
‘Fever Zauben’ has sirens sounds for an intro, then some machine gun black metal, and war samplings. The beat is very fast, complex but melodic even if it is highly technical. Lots of guitars tracks that ends with war sampling.
‘Unter Der Fahne’ begins with marching army, then drum roll. The next thing you know, the exciting guitar riffs rolls on with some keyboards notes. This song is some kind of a battle hymn changing to industrial/psychedelic with vocal effects to become in the end very Avant-garde with a drum solo and great precise guitar riffs.
‘Die Nacht Hat Augen’ starts with plane sampling then arise tornado-like riffs, stopping for a more Avant-garde passage made of strong bass, samplings, keys and spoken words. These two genres appear in alternance to finally end up to a much calmer mode with spacey keys sounding like a submarine sonar. A very thrilling composition.
‘Weltherrschaft’, this one comes in with spacey key work and machine gun rhythmic with broken beat. The guitar is being played with metered interruptions. The beat slows down gradually until a stop then only some psychedelic sounds completed the piece.
Bottom Line: "Weltherschaft" could be translated in English by "another post black metal adventure that has not being developed to its full length".
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.2 out of 10