Thranenkind/Heretoir
Wiedersehen - Unsere Hoffnung


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
May 27th, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


At times, anticipation can be a double edged sword. On one hand, when the object in question matches or surpasses your expectations, it can be the most gratifying feeling in the world. On the other hand, when the results of your wait are less than stunning, it feels almost as if the letdown was personal, a farce to get your hopes up just so they can be smashed into the ground. In 2008, German brother bands Thranenkind and Heretoir both released their debut demos, Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit and Existenz , which easily brought both bands to the forefront of the post-black metal scene. Since then anticipation has been high for follow-ups and in March 2010, the bands delivered, releasing the excellent split album Wiedersehen - Unsere Hoffnung , a combined effort that sees both groups reaching their artistic peaks.

Although dubiously categorized under “post-black metal”, both Thranenkind and Heretoir incorporate a range of influences that far outstretch the boundaries of the genres usual fare. Combining the likes of black metal, shoegaze, post-rock and even emo would never be an easy feat, yet Thranenkind and Heretoir successfully and cohesively conjoin these genres together in a manner that is nothing less than awe-inspiring. The juxtaposition is probably best seen on the joint and titled track “Wiedersehen - unsere Hoffnung”, where the black metal screeches of Thranenkind’s Nathanael and Heretoir’s Eklatanz clash with the jubilant melodies of emo, in the mellifluous structures of shoegaze. The albums instrumentalists Nathanael, Pesten (Thranenkind) and Eklatanz (Heretoir) never aim to impress with a high level of technicality; instead they rely on an overly simplistic approach, rich with an overflowing abundance of palpable, real emotions. Whether it be the mournful piano driven and cello laden piece “Niemehr” or the elating “Posthuma” (which features a reprisal of Thranenkind’s self titled track off last demo Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit ) each piece off the record is extremely emotionally driven. If more a fan of aggression, Heretoir track “Graue Bauten”, offers a more black metal derived sound is a stark contrast to the albums other songs. Both young, and both with obvious bright futures ahead of them, Thranenkind and Heretoir’s talent is well displayed abound the near perfect Wiedersehen - Unsere Hoffnung.

” I hardly felt the gentle breeze,
that moves as a small butterfly”




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TheSpirit
May 27th 2010


17927 Comments


Trying something new. The rating is probably a little bloated, but i was really excited upon listening to this. So yeah, critique away.
















P.S.High

Wildcatforever
May 27th 2010


441 Comments


The review is interesting but a bit short. I would like to know a little bit more about the album. Still pretty solid review. pos

Digging: Foxygen - ...And Star Power

BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2010


44620 Comments


I believe Heretoir was on thatsix band split I reviewed, and if memory serves correctly, they were just another god damn Alcest clone. Good review

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

TheSpirit
May 27th 2010


17927 Comments


Thanks Balls & wildcat. Balls, they actually were on that split, but since then (or at least the material on this split) they've changed considerably.


Also Wildcat, i added another sentence.

BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2010


44620 Comments


Listening to Graue Bauten, it's still Alcest worship but at least it's well executed desite the lack of originality.

Wildcatforever
May 27th 2010


441 Comments


Cool man, nice review. Know nothing of the band.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010


16434 Comments


Yeah Heretoir is good shit, I'll put this on the list. Nice.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

TheSpirit
May 28th 2010


17927 Comments


Thanks guys

BallsToTheWall
May 28th 2010


44620 Comments


No. Thank you.

SCREAM!
May 28th 2010


10208 Comments


ur welcum

BallsToTheWall
May 28th 2010


44620 Comments


Live long and prosper.

TheSpirit
May 28th 2010


17927 Comments


Prosper and live long

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2010


7026 Comments


I think this is my favorite metal album so far this year

TheSpirit
June 1st 2010


17927 Comments


Yeah, it's up there for me as well

iBosley
June 4th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kinda wanna check this out

TheSpirit
June 9th 2010


17927 Comments


You should it's pretty amazing

iBosley
June 9th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just dl'ed haven't listened yet

TheSpirit
October 12th 2010


17927 Comments


omg this is still so good

silkforcalde
October 21st 2010


404 Comments


Yeah it's amazing. Heretoir is seriously goddamned perfect. An absolutely astoundingly good band. Thranenkind isn't quite as good but is still very excellent.

And to call this an Alcest clone is unforgivably stupid. Absolutely inane. I hear more in common with Amesouers in terms of theme and subject matter but absolutely nothing in common with Alcest, thematically. Musically speaking, I hear MUCH more Lifelover than Alcest in Heretoir's music.

Can't wait for the Heretoir full length. February cannot come fast enough.

TheSpirit
October 21st 2010


17927 Comments


Same, the album cover for it is pretty sweet as well:

[img]http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/8/4/4/284427.jpg[/img]






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