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Finsterforst - ...zum Tode hin

Author admin
Wed 12 Dec 12
/ 5

Finsterforst is a band that likes to write long songs. On this album every song is over ten minutes, however, for the most part they keep the songs interesting and you want to listen to the whole song. Now for …zum Tode hin the songs are more heavier, epic, and still maintain the same amount of folk as to Weltenkraft.

What I like about this album is that every instrument is crafted nicely into each song and that nothing sounds too goofy in the mix. Guitars, drums, flutes, even the accordion all mix nicely into each song and nothing feels like it was tagged on at the last second. The accordion seems to be one of the main focuses to the first track “Urquell”, and the acoustic guitars, which are used in every track, seem to be one of the main focuses on the final track “Untergang”. Flutes are used sparingly, usually during a chorus or along with a long scream by the vocalist.

The lead guitar seems to not be that audible at times, usually with all the instruments over it. The rhythm guitar is louder than the lead, and when the accordion is playing the accordion tends to take the spotlight over the guitars making it hard to hear the melodies being played by the guitars. The guitars tend to shine during the slower passages of each song, but that’s also when the acoustic guitars come into play. All the acoustics in this album help to move each song on by introducing a slow passage before the song gets going again. Without all the acoustic breaks none of the songs would even make it past the five minute mark.

My only real problem with this album is that the songs sometimes feel as if they could all be broken down into two other songs. “Urquell”, or the closing track “Untergang” are both examples of songs that could be broken down into two or three different tracks. The last two minutes of “Urquell” feel as if they were tagged on to make the song longer. It’s just a repetitive riff played over and over, and when the guitars fade before the part comes up that feels more like the closing of the track.

Basically what we got here is some epic folk metal, but not epic in the sense that they use a lot of folk instruments. It’s epic in the sense that every song is fast and aggressive, and calming, with booming choruses, acoustic guitars, and the right mix of folk instruments. Folk enthusiast should seek this out for you won’t be disappointed.


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