Koen S. : Since Weltschmerz makes the Low Countries and the surrounding area unsafe, I have had the pleasure of listening to their musical debauchery more than once and even though I am not the biggest fan of their black metal, I find their output pretty decent. From the delicious raw EP 'Cry For War' from 2009 to their rather mature full length debut 'Odium Humani Generis' and in between the demo 'Promo 2011’: I have listened to each of these albums several times when they were released. And now I’ve got their second full length ‘Illustra Nos’ in front of me, four years after the release of their debut.
What stands out immediately is that Weltschmerz still can be as raw as they were earlier, but now it feels like it is part of a greater plan. There is more variety in the vocals and the slower dissonant parts ensure an unpleasant atmosphere. From 'Ecce Homo' on , it becomes clear that Weltschmerz anno 2018 is indeed heading towards a more progressive direction. The use of classical instruments like cello, trumpet or trombone will not be equally well received by everyone, but it will attract new fans for sure. You should listen to the total cacophony on the end of 'Ecce Homo' several times to see it in the proper context, but whether you like it or not, it is different and unusual and after several listens I really think it has added value. In 'Gloria Mundi' the traditional black metal gets the upper hand again, but after that you can enjoy as much experiments with additional vocals and unusual instruments as you want. As far as I am concerned, this is a major step forward for this Dutch band. 'Illustra Nos' can serve for both fans of trve nineties black metal as for lovers of the recent wave of atmospheric black metal.