Gathering the Troop: Loch Vostok and Dämmerfarben
So, to stay in the vein of this website, I thought of this title just to bring you some news I come across myself, rather than just copying what I read over at the likes of NCS or perhaps what I get through from PR-propaganda. I’ll write what I hear and what I think, and of course this is hugely influenced by our fans, so I’d say, hit us up on Facebook when you have something hot, which is worth mentioning. In this issue, our friend Patrick Urban who pointed out that Dämmerfarben had posted a preview of their upcoming effort Herbstpfad, while I personally picked up a new track from Loch Vostok.
Starting with the latter, I hope we all remember my review of Loch Vostok’s fourth effort Dystopium, which is quite old by now. Reading back, I can’t help but think I grossly misunderstood the album at that point. However, that’s history and now the band is back with a new album. As with Dystopium, it is ViciSolum Productions handling the release of V – The Doctrine Decoded, which is due this autumn. The lads were kind enough to share the song A Tale of Two Kings with us, and with this stream comes the unveiling of the album art, to be seen below.
It hits me that this song starts out a lot heavier than what Loch Vostok normally seem to be, in my mind that is. Loch Vostok present us a dark-sounding, dynamic form of Progressive Metal; very reminiscent of what we heard on the previous album. With A Tale of Two Kings, this formula has been solidified and perfected as this song is memorable and well-written. The steady rhythm, the sturdy riffing and the organs actually make me want to hear more of the Doctrine Decoded, which is of course, a good thing.
Next, we find German Atmospheric Black Metallers Dämmerfarben treating us to a sneak into their upcoming album Herbstpfad, of which the release is due on the 24th of august.
Some people have already had their listen to this album and apparently, this album contains seven songs and is just over half an hour long; a shortie in comparison to Im Abendrot’s 55 minutes. Music-wise, I hear a lot of softer parts with acoustic guitars, strings and female clean vocals, which depending on one’s taste is either a good or a bad thing. Now, sound of the music has changed a bit as it seems to me that the album is deeper, yet it has more edge than In Abendrot. To be honest, the sharp edge kind of bothers me, as it makes the record sound a bit cheap.
That’s it for today. Since I like imposing my dear opinion upon all of you, I hope to be able to keep this up. This won’t be possible without your help, so please keep throwing links at us here; that will be grossly appreciated thank you very much.