Nachtreich – Sturmgang (2009)


After releasing six demos (only two available to the public) this two man band blew my expectations away after just looking at the cover. I imaged it would be another shitty Ambient / black metal demo that was just going to make my ears bleed. And I was totally wrong.

This demo features amazing neoclassical compositions using a variety of instruments, and of course, some distorted guitar riffs. The length of the demo is 55 minutes, but it felt like it was only 10 minutes. I was so immersed in the music trying to identify all the instruments used, and enjoying how each song is very well composed and executed. I must say I’m a sucker for good neoclassical music, but when it has distorted guitars perfectly blended, I’m even more enthralled with the music.

Song after song I was amazed by the quality of the recording as well as the way all instruments (viola, violin, piano, etc) mix together to create a very depressive atmosphere that only a few bands can achieve. No vocals are used in this release and there is no need for them. Some passages of the songs are epic and full of emotion and what better way to express them with the viola and the violin, and perfectly combined with minimal guitar riffs.

have to say that I’m very impressed with this demo, and the skills the two musicians have to play all the instruments featured. As well as the composition skills they have to create music that does not sound repetitive and creates an identity for the band.

Band: Nachtreich Demo: Sturmgang
Label: Seelenkrieg Year: 2009
Official Site myspace
Genre: Neoclassical Folk /Ambient

Country: Germany

Rating: 94/100

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