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On disc: Firtan

Okeanos - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


(AOP Records - 2018)

Firtan is a band from Lörrach (Germany), founded in 2010. They have already released 2 EPs and a full-length album, now Okeanos, their sophomore album, will see the light of day.
I have to confess that I haven't heard of them before, so I can't compare Okeanos with their previous releases.

The opener is called Seegang and starts with some dark humming like sound, spoken words add to the dark atmosphere created by the quartet. Then they go full force into a black metal soniphere, the song is like state of sea with highs and lows - in this case threatening black metal parts and atmospheric passages where they leave the typical black metal outburst behind.

Check it out here: Firtan - Seegang

Actually the foursome likes to switch between furious black metal parts and slow, almost acoustic passages. At Nacht Verweil Klara Bachmair plays some violin parts - as on Purpur - and gives the slow passage a different feel... almost get lost in reverie, but then the black-ish sounds are back. Dreamlike is the opening of Purpur with Bachmair's violin giving it a sad note. It's a short instrumental, a kind of interlude which leads into Uferlos. The track is probably the best to discover Firtan as it's almost catchy due to the guitar play of Phillip Thienger (also vocals) and C.S., but the growls are sable and threatening.

The title Siebente Letzte Einsamkeit is the longest track on Okeanos, again they offer speed changes, create atmospheric passage, all well executed and offered with an enormous intensity.

The bands lyrics are inspired by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and H.P. Lovecraft, so it's worth spending time to check out the lyrics as it's not just another rant, no blasphemous torrent of hatred.

Well done!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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