Roel de Haan : Ausserwelt is a German post-black metal outfit and this ‘Transitions’ mini-cd is their second release to date. Four lengthy tracks are on offer here and with these songs Ausserwelt show they are not amateurs. Their style is quite reminiscent of acts like Agrypnie, Heretoir and Anomalie. And in fact, that is my main point of criticism: a lack of originality. However, calling them copycats would be unjustified. The songs create enough atmosphere to entertain and the song-writing is well done. The emotions shown in the melodies and vocals are clearly sincere and when they are combined with more aggressive elements (such as punishing blasts) the effect is quite harrowing. Ausserwelt’s ‘Transitions’ is a post-black metal release that no fan of the genre should discard light-heartedly.