Thranenkind
Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
January 4th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Thranenkind is a German based Post-Black Metal band formed in 2007. Self-released in 2008 their debut demo Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit is a great collection of Post-Rock influenced Black Metal, a genre that has been gaining many new recruits in more recent years. With this demo, Thranenkind proves that even though they are a new band on the scene, it will only be matter of time before they claim it is their own.

The sound of Thranenkind is that of most Post-Black Metal bands, droning, repetitive guitar lines interspersed with short interludes of atmospheric clean strummed guitar. While the band does nothing new in terms of style, the two members of the group Nathaneal (guitars/bass/vocals) and Pesten (drums) obviously have great skills in terms of song-writing, with Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit clearly being a highlight album in the burgeoning Post-Rock influenced sect of Black Metal. Another great aspect of the album is the contrast between songs with a depressive atmosphere and songs with a joyous atmosphere, giving the album great variety. Songs like Im schwarzen Kämmerlein and Ein Hauch von Zweisamkeit are prime examples of songs delving in more depressive territory. The prior song Im schwarzen Kämmerlein rages with seething, melodic tremolo picked guitars, while the drumming faithfully follows using a simple, steady mid-tempo beat. Thranenkind makes it quite obvious they have a thorough understand of creating atmosphere with this track, using key note choices to make this song emote a tranquil yet disheartening tone.

Contrasting song Eine Momentaufnahme treads a different path however, using uplifting melodies instead of tormented ones. Opening with finger picked acoustic guitar, the riff then is replicated by an electric guitar. The harmony influence in this song could definitely be traced back to a more mainstream genre, such as Alternative or Indie, but the delivery is most certainly Black Metal derived. What's more surprisingly than the outside influence, is the fact that the riff works perfectly, not at all sounding out of place on a Black Metal record. Last song the epic Die Euphorie des Augenblicks is an excellent combination of both moods, successfully combining to polar opposite tones. The first half contains the troubled aspect, through slow, powerful acoustic guitar lines and a plethora of nature filled samples and somber spoken word passages. The second half picks it up however, especially with the inclusion of an unknown female vocalist. Her vocals (combined with the raspy, Black Metal drawl of Nathaneal) brings the music into the light, with a faster tempo and once again Alternative/Indie guitar melodies.

It will most likely not be long before Thranenkind starts to truly make a name for themselves in the Black Metal genre. Although it will be hard, hopefully the band will build on the enormous potential they have shown with Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit and further their sound to new heights that remained unexplored by the other bands of the genre. One can only be doing themselves a favor by this acquiring this excellent demo and start following the progress of Black Metal's soon to be most prolific band.



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TheSpirit
January 4th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm. I don't know how i feel about this review yet, might change some stuff here and there later, but i have absolutely no doubts about the quality of the band. This is highly recommended.

ov420
January 4th 2010


300 Comments


depressive blak n rollll, sounds like this could be similar to shining's halmstad or something

TheSpirit
January 4th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe a little. The harmonies and melodies are more related to Alternative/Indie/HardRock, but the execution is very much Black Metal.

TheSpirit
January 4th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah troll negged that was bound to happen at some point i guess

Wizard
January 4th 2010


19498 Comments


Fuck the troll neg. Report it and get it fixed.

This sounds awesome. Good review to boot.

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TheSpirit
January 4th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, and yeah i think you'd really enjoy this. And yeah i'm working on getting the neg removed atm

Powerban
January 5th 2010


2380 Comments


Sounds interesting. I might grab this.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, its really good, you should check it out for sure

Grimlin
January 5th 2010


859 Comments


One of my favorite albums of last year. Good job. I agree with most of your description, except I feel they have more of a post-punk and shoegaze sound rather than post-rock.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They probably do haha. I'm really bad with the whole Post-Rock thing seeing as i'm a relative newcomer to that particular black metal subgenre

Hawks
February 12th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can always count on my boy Spirit to give me a good rec lol. Really enjoyed this demo. Actually kind of found it similar to the Alcest album I listened to because of the post-rock elements. This has a lot more black metal in it though, which is a good thing.

TheSpirit
February 24th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it is

opblaaskonijn
November 14th 2010


323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is really awesome. Great review too, pos'd.



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