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Stahlsarg - Mechanisms Of Misanthropy (2017) - Review

Band: Stahlsarg
Album title: Mechanisms Of Misanthropy
Release date: 31 October 2017
Label: Non Serviam Records

Tracklist:
01. Raise The Dead
02. Das Fallbeil
03. Blonde Poison
04. Pharmaceutical Frontline
05. Far Beyond The Dragons Teeth
06. Burn and Destroy
07. Hope Lies Frozen
08. A Will To Endure
09. Aerial Night Terrorists
10. In The Lungs Of The Earth

The veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead is getting thin.

Stahlsarg are about to be ripping apart everything to deliver you one of the best black/death metal Halloween treats you have ever had. Since 2013, they began unleashing a blend of black and death metal, solemnizing times of abuse and survival of rebels of oppressive and vicious political prosecution. As a follow-up to their previous album, Comrades In Death, the band is now presenting us a visceral onslaught black metal.

This is an album that delights me with its ingrained slashes of pace and atmospheric instrumental passages. The songs are built up to explain human emotions. Mechanisms Of Misanthropy is a complex effort, both technically and emotionally. This release features Kim Dylla (A Winter Lost, Gwar, Kung Fu Dykes) in one track about Sophie Scholl of the White Rose movement (anti-nazi resistance).

Stahlsarg are pretty good at putting together a vibrating burst of black metal attack with diverse riffings that alternate doomy and mid tempos and loads of speed. Eissturm's vocals and guitar pleased me, a blended mix of speed and strong guitar riffs along with Krieg and Destruction on bass. Sometimes Eissturm resemble to Dani Filth's vocal style and that's nice. Special thanks go to Eisenfaust who had an old school footprint really well placed and strong.

"Raise The Dead" opens up this album with speeding blast-beats and a desperately hysteric vocal. "Das Fallbeil" comes along with a crushing drum that enhance the high-pitched vocals, atmospheric interludes are placed strategically. My top tracks are "Blonde Poison" with cold blasts and a good radiance, same goes with "Pharmaceutical Frontline". And... without any doubt, the masterpiece of the whole album for me is "A Will To Endure". Subtle folk elements are added in an atmosphere that's breathing life and Eissturn with his powerful speech fits just great here. "The Lungs Of The Earth", is a powerful track closing this magnificent work. Beginning with a melancholic atmosphere and a beautiful clean guitar with sorrowful melodies. As the song draws to a closure all the instruments return with maximum strength and speed, yet everything wrapped in a passionate brutality.

This is a black metal album where all the instruments have found a particular equilibrium proportioning definition to each song generated. Mechanisms Of Misanthropy is another great album that I got in my hands and gracefully caressed my ears. Magnificient technical performance with loads of captivating melodies and never forgetting the dynamic and powerful darkness. Check out Stahlsarg, they show a good and fierce potential, highlighting their capability to make all instruments work together in harmony and balance. The whole thing comes presented with a magnificient morbid artwork done by Simon Bossert of Metal Artworks (Totengeflüster, Keep Of Kalessin, Unlight, Imperium Dekadenz,...). So far so very good, I look forward to the next one!

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Sweet Ermengarde
Album title: Ex Oblivione
Release date: 11 March 2016
Label: Équinoxe Records

Everything you ever searched in gothic rock and even more is right here. Ex Oblivione offers thirteen tracks full of dense atmosphere, melancholy, darkness, strange quite modern compositional twists, hellish power and sublime melodies. Sweet Ermengarde made their songs very dynamic, in some of them, for example in the opener "Ex Oblivione" or in epic mourning etherealism of the cinematic "For Your Bodies Are The Temples Of The Holy Ghost", there are significant dark ambient elements, just to give kind of a creepy feeling. Everything well connected with the overall goth rock sound which expands relentlessy in "Into Oblivion" or in powerful groover "From Beyond (Sleep Is Better Than Prayer)". Lovecraftian lyrics, melancholic but yet rich atmospheric sound are just some of the things that make this release an outstanding one.

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