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DIE TOTEN KEHREN WIEDER MIT DEM WIND
DIE TOTEN KEHREN WIEDER MIT DEM WIND
Am Ufer Des Sees
(None Shall Defy Records)
54:02min

The dead returns with the wind, is how you translate this German one man band's moniker, a quite dark and melancholic band name, which in this case fits the musical universe of Bradhenr's musical mood and state of mind really well. "Am Ufer Des Sees" was originally released back in 2006 on CD-R limited to a 100 copies by the label Saturnine Society, later on tape in 50 copies, a bit later on tape yet again by Karge Welten Kunstverlag in 100 copies and now finally the recording sees a fitting and deserved release by the German label None Shall Defy Records on a double vinyl limited to 300 copies. Misanthropic Black Metal with a good dose of melancholia does always work out great, when the listener is in the right mood and the music is well-written and performed. The music on "Am Ufer Des Sees" is in that category, if not in the right mood it all fall to the ground, but if in the right dark mood, the atmosphere paints the soundtrack to an introspective and enjoyable night. The music on this release is well composed, hooks the right places, enchanting atmospherically shifts when needed, distress spot on and straigth forwardness, after a slow droning part of cold melancholia. It is not that music is that original, it is your more or less standard Black Metal approach when it comes to this misanthropic and cold style with a DARKTHRONE riff here and a BURZUMesque part there, though in this atmospherically contextual world that Bradhenr has created, it works out great and catching. Droning ambient cold atmospheres blended and painted with cold misanthropic riffs, haunting rhythm patters and a even more haunting scream piercing bone and marrow. Epic and grandiose landscapes of nothingness and hopelessness coupled with melancholia, a longing after something that no longer is, or never has been, a black void into the inner sanctum of the soul of the soulless, whirlpool after whirlpool of darkness, something especially track 2 ‘An Den Schwarzen Wassern’ and track 3 ‘Das Lachen Der Lebenden Toten’ are great examples of. We are standing on the shore of the lake, though have we just stepped out of the water or are we about to get into the water, to become a part of the darkness below the beautiful blue surface? www.noneshalldefy.de, www.myspace.com/dietoten

Anders Peter Jørgensen

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