Zerfall - Eisregen
- Release date:
- January 01, 1998
- Massacre Records
- Dark Metal
It is fine to want to break with genrernes shackles, but Finsterforst will simply too much, also here on Zerfal, and, despite some bright spots appear, the overall result messy and inconsistent. And so is the 78 minutes is just way, way too much. It may well be the band themselves call their music for the black forest metal, but there is very little black metal on this album. Zerfal is, in turn, completely out in the woods, where the six half asleep skulls it was in this place, probably also located.
Finsterforst from the Black forest area in southwest Germany, has just released their fifth langspiller. According to them even to play the black forest-metal (Black forest, get it?), and what it more accurately means, has never really been quite clear. How the dark forest in Baden-Württemberg affect their mix of melodic, folk, pagan, atmospheric and symphonic metal, is quite unclear, and their music has certainly never contained much sortmetal. It makes the latest album, Zerfal, either.
Talented musicians and great production is not always enough
Already at the 13-minute-long opening number "Wut", it is clear that Finsterforst follows the same template as usual: Lengthy tracks filled to the brim with black and death riffs, acoustic and atmospheric elements, as well as plenty of Manowar/heroes-choir, but also both the power metalvokal and hard vocals. It is all spiced with a symphony orchestra in the background and something that seems like more or less the same harmonica melody on every track. The challenge of "Wut", but also on an otherwise excellent track like "Fluch Des Seins", is that the listener is difficult to keep up with all stemningsskiftene. It seems assumed and mechanical with all the abrupt transitions from the orchestra - and harmonikagøgl to the beautiful, almost meditative moods. What is the purpose really?
After four songs that all goods in the vicinity of 10 minutes, culminating Zerfal at the 34-minute-long afslutningsnummer "Ecce Homo", which offers more of the same just even more elongated. "Ecce Homo" is also the title of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's last book, where he makes up with himself as a human being, and not least with his life's work as a thinker. One could piously hoped, that his compatriots in the Finsterforst will soon do the same, for "Ecce Homo" ends on a musical level. After several gennemlytninger is still not really some riffs or melodies, which have set in memory, not on the Zerfal in the whole. It has rather the annoying heltekor and the same accordion-pieces which almost appear annoying.
Finsterforst is, however, in spite of too skilled for it to go completely wrong. The production is really nice and suits both the grandiose and symphonic passages, but also the atmospheric. In spite of all the problems around the songwriting and arrangements, providing the band is actually on a pretty high level all the way through.
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