Back in April, not only did I see Dornenreich live along with a few other names; I also got the chance to go backstage for an interview with Neige himself – a man of many projects, not least Alcest.
When I first began to explore extreme metal, I had no idea of the various “shades of grey” that seem to exist between genres of music. Thus, when a good friend introduced me to Dornenreich, I wasn’t expecting to discover a world that mixed beauty and ugliness so honestly as they did.
I also wasn’t expecting the chance to discuss this with one of the band’s founding members Eviga, not to mention how I felt about the possibility of their latest release “Flammentriebe” potentially being their last metal album ever.
Most familiar with depressive rockers Lifelover know that they’re not a particularly easy band to get into: a musical paradox of truly unsettling, bleak hysteria and bouncy, melodic post punk-slash-pop rock; the key difference between them and other bands lodged into the DSBM (depressive suicidal black metal) scene is their ability to perfectly straddle the balance needed to pull off both sides of the aforementioned formula to create a delightfully manic sound all their own.
Yet with new effort ‘Sjukdom‘, it feels like they’re somehow lost some of that grip and are riding along in a much different way. Continue reading
With even the cover art being so different from their previous albums for its use of deep colours and contrasts between fire and water (a fitting metaphor for the record itself), Dornenreich seem to be pulling all the stops for this “final” album. Even if it’s a supposed farewell to the metal genre that they started with; rather than their band career. Continue reading
Marking the second release from black metal/post-rock Lantlôs, a side-project currently between Herbst and Alcest mastermind Neige; ‘.neon‘ seems to come across as an attempt to gradually wean themselves away from the harsh intensity of the former genre whilst maintaining that established sense of distance and nostalgic loss. Continue reading
Distributing a debut album without any demos or EPs beforehand seems to be a potentially risky decision, but for Norwegian black metal outfit Nàttsòl this doesn’t appear to be too much of a problem. Their first full-length ‘Stemning‘ delivers a precise idea of which strand of the genre they’re after, even if the end result is rather familiar. Continue reading