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Aethernaeum - Wanderungen Durch Den Daemmerwald

Aethernaeum - Wanderungen Durch Den Daemmerwald

Label : Einheit Produktionen | Archive under black metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : This is the debut of the month!!! It is true, Alexander Paul Blake, a Berliner, did release the album 'Die Rückkehr Ins Goldene Zeitalter' last year, but now he has gathered a proper band around him that will experience its live debut at this year's Wave Gotik Treffen. This goes together with the debut of Aethernaeum: 'Wanderungen Durch Den Saemmerwald'. In addition to Alexander (vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards) the band is made up of two guitarists, a cellist and a drummer. The debut happens to be a compelling example of post black metal that will surely appeal to fans of Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room, Empyrium, In The Woods and contemporary Burzum.

The album will be released with a 72-pages booklet/artwork which instantly reminds us of the releases of Prophecy Productions. Consequently we can consider Aethernaeum as one of those black metal bands that dig deeper into substances, going for an opulence of atmosphere in their music. The harsh foundation is relished with whisperings, atmospheric passages, acoustic interludes and a genuine respect for nature and mythical, folkloristic heritage. Compositions on this debut are lengthy, going from six to twelve minutes long, but they take us on an engrossing musical journey where moments of fragile, arcane passage flow fluently into scorching black metal territories.

Take 'Auf Den Nebelfeldern' as example: it takes right away twelve minutes away from your time on earth, yet it manages to make you surrender completely to this eminent listening experience, due to its distinguished dance between introvert parts (soaring synthesizers, clean, solemn male chants, whispering parts with acoustic guitars) and merciless blackened fury. Compelling, rather slow rhythms are prominent within this musical spectrum, only torn to pieces by any well-proportioned black metal accelerations. 'Waldaura' may go for a little more fury an sich, even here they regularly descend to the ominous caves of the human brain, on the verge of atmospheric parts and the bare loneliness of classical piano. Three instrumental intermezzos bring in an introspective moment to reflect, sometimes with cello, another time graced by acoustic guitars. That cello also pops up in longer compositions, like 'Das Heugelvolk' in which dark male voices and prompt riffs embrace those atmospheric passages. The folkloristic heritage of the musical hermit is transferred into music on 'Wanderungen Durch Den Daemmenwald' in a wonderful manner; that is why we can promptly link these musical experiences to a higher spiritual heritage without any doubt. This album is an artful highlight that will leave the fans of atmospheric black metal in awe! Mark my words…

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