Roel de Haan : It has been a while since Klabautamann released ‘The Old Chamber’ but now roughly six years later we can welcome ‘Smaragd’. On ‘The Old Chamber’ they revisited their early years, but on ‘Smaragd’ Klabautamann is back on their more progressive path. ‘Smaragd’ starts where the brilliant ‘Merkur’ left off: progressive black metal in which acoustics and jazz play a pivotal role. As a whole ‘Smaragd’ does feel softer and more laidback, but closer inspection reveals it to be quite raging at times and objectively it might be even more aggressive. Klabautamann easily creates a certain type of ancient feeling with their music, but it is their knack for incorporating acoustic guitars, clean vocals and influences from outside metal that really makes them different. And that results in an album that might take some time to adjust to, but ultimately rewards the listener with plenty of enjoyment and wonder.