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UNGFELL
UNGFELL
Tôtbringære
(Graceless Recordings)
44:38min

Finally it’s here! The first, and personally, long awaited album of Zuerich (Switzerland) based Black Metal outfit UNGFELL. The name which means “misfortune” in old Swiss language, suits the bands concept just perfectly. Most of the lyrics and the philosophy on their records are dealing with death and his manifold appearance. Be it as a flesh craving goddess the lonesome percussionist at night or the big plague humanity. Death pervades UNGFELL's work thoroughly. The main head behind this project is Menetekel, who is supported on the drums by Lykhaeon's Infermita. Here, as well as on the other two UNGFELL releases, Menetekel is a musically restless character who seems to be constantly working. Since 2015 he released five records as UNGFELL and as WYRGHER. Still he is as mysterious as the whole HELVETIC UNDERGROUND COMITEE he is affiliated with. A pentagon of darkness and death which unites DAKHMA, LYKHAEON, WYRGHER, DESPOTIC TERROR KOMMANDO and UNGFELL as an independently working circle. I promise ALL of their releases are genuine onslaughts. Very worth to drown in. Just like "Tôtbringære", a record cast in misery. Music like a never ending lament. Melodies full of grief and anguish, framed by a drummer which constantly drives his unlucky victims in front of them. The vocal works combined with the lyrics are an oil spitting foray through the woods and fields of devastation. As evil as the pledges of death, and the stories people tell each other about it. Therefore UNGFELL follows a path and picks up where the demo (“Demo(lition)”) left off. Playing with different elements of Folk, medieval melodies and blood freezing Black Metal. He has a remarkable lyrical talent to write a story / album. And naturally knows how to keep the attention of a listener, when to allow your mind full bent and when to attack again. These capabilities are making the whole record a very independent and remarkable piece of art. You can just sit down, start the record and let go. It begins with a transcendental grinding, hypnotical like mantra melody. Reminding me of HEXENTANZ, and their delightful rituals. Which provides a seemingly peaceful beginning and welcomes you to this journey but as soon as you're given your hand your destiny is, doom. With 'Die Bleiche Göttin' the hunting has began. From there on the album chases, drags and escorts you along all kinds of emotions and pictures. The second song 'Gottes Acker' is a billing with meek ideas about infinity and the end, before the great old one comes and takes you home. No discussion. A song like a tantrum. 'Trommler Tod', which is my favorite, crawls up into nearly epic realms to circle a while above you. But finally clings to you and drags you down. 'Der Ûzsieche Und Sîne Grimmede' plays with rest and unrest. Rotates between live and coma. 'Wechselbalg' appears observantly aggressive and comes upon you like the wild hunt. Then you have seemingly some peace and silence for your soul with 'Slahtære'. An acoustic song which alters his appearance multiple times. Once its sounds medieval, then it has a touch of Andalusian Folk with Balkan / Turkish melodies. It seems like it depends from which angle you look / listen to it. With this feeling you slide into the last song 'Der Opfersprung'. The last waltz. A perfect final, and stroll through all the stories you have witnessed. "Tôtbringære" is an excellent record with all the subtleties it needs but still as cold and evil as Black Metal needs to be. Und dunkel wards! More info at: www.facebook.com/ungfell-1553339294947606, http://helunco.blogspot.de, http://gracelessrecordings.storenvy.com

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