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IX Einsiedler (single) - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

IX Einsiedler

IX Einsiedler
(Vn Records - 2009)

I don't have much information about Urfaust, the Dutch duo is active as Urfaust since 2003 and released 2 full-length albums in 2004 and 2005. Since then they did an EP and some splits. Now they have a new EP, a 2-track one called IX Einsiedler with 18+ minutes running time.
The opener is called IX: Einsiedler and is with about 12 minutes quite long. Slowly they kick of this black-ish sonic trip, an atmospheric opening which sounds dark and desperate. After 2 minutes the song changes... the guitars seems to stand against the desperation and the pain the vocals transport. IX uses his voice like an instrument, not using words, just creating atmospheric sounds. Towards the end Urfaust add a symphonic touch and the song has a less desperate atmosphere. The other track is called Verderber. This time IX's guitar leads you into the song, then drummer VRDRBR joins in. After an atmospheric opening they turn to more black metallic sounds, but the atmospheric guitar stays in the background. The howling vocals make you shiver, but then the duo returns to the atmospheric opening theme. They go back and forth. The song somehow shows the different extremes of Urfaust's sound.
Friends of raw black metal might find this EP not raw enough, but everybody who likes the different shades of black metal should check it out!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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