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Firtan - Okeanos (2018) - Review

Band: Firtan
Album title: Okeanos
Release date: 13 July 2018
Label: AOP Records

01. Seegang
02. Tag Verweil
03. Nacht Verweil
04. Purpur
05. Uferlos
06. Siebente, Letzte Einsamkeit

I invite you to delve into a deep ocean of poetic textures and musical mastery with the band Firtan that was founded in 2010. The band has so far released two EPs and the debut full-length released in 2014, its line-up is composed by Phillip Thienger on guitars and vocals, Oliver König on bass, David Kempf on drums and CS also on guitars. Firtan played some notable shows at festivals such as Summer Breeze and MetalDays and were supporting bands like Imperium Dekadenz, Der Weg einer Freiheit and Rotting Christ. The new album Okeanos, includes six songs with a length of 40 minutes and is inspired by avant-garde intellectuals like Nietzsche and Lovecraft. The cover artwork was created by Denis Forkas (Behemoth, etc.) and represent very well the message that is delivered.

The madness of this album is in all six tracks, it's not just the mix of styles and perfectly aligned instruments that make this album one of the strongest candidates for the best avant-garde black metal of the year. The lyrics of the tracks are impeccable and full of emotion, very well placed, with unique and original interpretation. The anguished cries performed throughout the album give space here and there for the recitation on some parts of the lyrics that as previously said were taken from the works of Nietzsche.

"Seegang" has a beautiful passage of acoustic guitar between the fast beats and features of typical black metal. The intensity is maintained as well in the following tracks, but they do not become excessive and maintain a well-distributed atmosphere of introspection. A sweet and melancholic tone is explored in "Nacht Verweil", as well the band nicely inserts some strings and flute before the madness and speed begins until to the end. "Purpur" is a sad, emotional instrumental track of just three minutes that summarizes the atmospheric parts of the previous tracks and gives the tone to the following track, "Uferlos". "Siebente Letzte Einsamkeit" is a ten minute epic closing song and without any doubt my favorite track on this album. The guttural vocal interspersed with the guitar riffs make the infernal opening undeniable and the speed starts madly and without mercy.

The atmosphere of this album is captivating, the mix of raw style with more modern touches is very well executed. Okeanos is a sophisticated and original album that won me not only for impeccable instrumental performance, but mainly for being based on one of the brightest philosophers, Frederic Nietzsche. Firtan shows excellence and acoustic ability in an original and brilliant way with Okeanos. In a mediocre and superficial world, some bands are still conspicuous because their intelligence, originality and sophistication that they show in their art, and Firtan, without further ado, is one of those bands that stand out from the anencephalic mass.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 9/10


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Band: Erdh
Album: Sideremesis EP
Release date: 19 October 2015
Label: Apathia Records

When Erdh, a French two-piece outfit, released their debut Resilient, they've been tagged as a heavier version of Depeche Mode and their sound has been compared to a variety of well-known musical acts, from Nine Inch Nails and Ulver to Type O Negative and Paradise Lost. With Sideremesis - a four track EP, which in a way serves as a bridge between Resilient and the full length in the making, - the first thing that popped inside my mind was: this is an obscure version of Hurts. The riffing, which presented itself on Resilient is gone, the pace has slowed down and the ambiances spread out through the soundscapes deeper and further. And yet again, the conclusion is the same – this is not and obscure version of Hurts. It's so much more. It's Erdh. Nicolas Pingnelain and Emmanuel Lévy, who have been a steady duet for three years now, have decided to expand their horizons and again gave us a confirmation, they know no boundaries when it comes to music. When you slide through the tunes on the EP, you get the feeling the sound created on it came so natural to them and as it was composed effortlessly. Even though it does take quite a drastic turn away from Resilient, I'm more than sure anyone who was struck by the brilliancy of it will find the comfort in Sideremesis. More to it – even if this is your first encounter with their music, you can start from here and get entranced by the wondrous world of Erdh.

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