Eisenkult - ...gedenken wir der Fisnternis (2020)

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Delivering a wave of old-school Black Metal, today we have the debut release of Eisenkult, titled “...gedenken wir der Fisnternis”. Perfectly blending simple melodic elements to a very raw and traditional BM core, the band unleashes nearly 30 minutes of relentless music. Aimed for the nostalgic fan of the genre, this release brings back the early days of BM with skill and craftiness.

Starting with a cheesy 8-bit intro, just like some of the earlier Symphonic BM releases, the band sets a very old-school and DYI vibe as the “Stahlross” delivers the first furious onslaught of ravaging riffs and hellish vocals. With a distinctly raw round, the mixture of hypnotic symphonic elements and blistering drums is very well delivered on tracks like “Deprecatio” and the poisonous “Gedenken wir der Finsternis” which oozes of that early BM naivete we all love.

The use of mid-tempo passages on tracks like “Auf schwarzen Schwingen”, allows the songs to develop by having some crafty and ethereal elements incorporated into the band’s raw core. We particularly enjoy tracks that explore different sounds and tempos over mindless brutality. Our favorite track is definitely the Deafheaven-esque “Ein endloses Nichts” as it starts quite lively and transforms into a behemoth of aggression and headbanging sweetness.

Overall, Eisenkult has managed to deliver an old-school sounding debut release with a modern ferocity built-in. Far from linear, “...gedenken wir der Fisnternis” is one of those releases that will appeal to a wide range of fans, from the most brutal and raw BM folks, to the fans of retro gaudy atmospherics and intricate tempo changes. Certainly one of the most engaging releases of the genre, this album will surely make it to one of our top lists of 2020.

Band: Eisenkult Album: ...gedenken wir der Fisnternis

Label: Purity Through Fire

Release: July 15th, 2020

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 93/100
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