Dornenreich
Flammentriebe


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
February 12th, 2011 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dornenreich find the best combination of their past sounds to create the best black metal album of the year so far

Flammentriebe is a tragedy, in a sense, as while it is Austria’s Dornenreich’s best album, easily, it is also supposedly the last album that the Austrian black metal band will base on metal instrumentation – or at least, that is what the trio have stated in press interviews leading up to Flammentriebe’s release. So unified is the group on this 2011 album, that Dornenreich’s past so-called masterpieces of avant-garde black metal, 2001’s Her von welken Nächten and 2006’s Durch Den Traum, are merely sloppy jokes in comparison. If ever there was a Dornenreich album worth owning for any metalhead, it is this one.

Flammentriebe takes many aspects of Dornenreich’s past releases and molds them into one, essentially. A slow-to-mid tempo pounding of guitar distortion, not so unlike the playing used by Germany’s Imperium Dekadenz on their Dämmerung der Szenarien 2007 album, makes up roughly half of the album’s contents, while the band uses violin player Thomas Riesner along with acoustic guitar playing in conjunction, in many cases, on the other half to add a progressive element to the black metal at play here. The result is often atmospheric and heavily melodic as well, yet akin to melodic black metallers Iskald or this year’s offering by Arafel this is not. Melodies rich and layered, aided in part by vocalist Jochen Stock’s thick accent, stick in the minds of listeners on each and every track, being controlled and always purposeful within the contexts of the individual songs.

Vocally, Stock is at his best here on Flammentriebe, pronouncing his whispers in the more tranquil areas of the album for atmospheric peacefulness, while then spewing his snarls in the pouring occasions of distortion with a Thomas Väänänen-like vigor. It is here that Dornenreich draw some heavy comparisons to current-fellow tour mates Agrypnie, in not only Stock’s tone of voice, but also in how his melodies ride the guitar riffs of the music. Like much of Agrypnie’s work, the tactic is marvelous here, being much better in practice than any of the vocal tricks that were used by Dornenreich in the past. Indeed, past albums were often highly experimental and varied, instrumentally as well as vocally. But on Flammentriebe, the trio set out with a fixed set of tools and come out with nothing less than a memorable, wonderful set of songs. Never have Dornenreich sounded so unified on record than here, and the products of their songwriting show this.

Flammentriebe’s best moments are those where Riesner uses his violin to weave in and out of Stock’s guitar riffing, a prime example to be found on final track “Erst Deine Träne Löscht Den Brand”. The violin player never overcrowds the guitars, acoustic or electric, being always faithful to play second fiddle to Stock’s inclusions in the music, be it his vocals or his instrumentals. The relationship that the band shares on the album is perfect because of this, though – no more needless bumping around or figuring out what works, as on Her von welken Nächten before it. This makes Dornenreich’s recent choice to start anew on the next outing with a different basis of songwriting an even more troubling one, as it seems that the Austrian black metal band has spent most of its career trying to experiment to find its own sound, and now it finally has it for this release. Flammentriebe is without a doubt the best black metal album of the year so far, and hopefully through its success, Dornenreich will change their future plans and continue to build albums in this vein of crafting.



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Ponton
Emeritus
February 12th 2011


5793 Comments


I'm not sure what the usuals will think of the album :/

hope im not alone in this one

TheSpirit
February 12th 2011


17821 Comments


Shouldn't the avantegarde in the first paragraph be "avant-garde" instead?


Also, ugh avant-garde black metal. Probably won't check this out, the comparisons made throughout the review were kinda turn-offs for me. Nice review regardless.

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Ponton
Emeritus
February 12th 2011


5793 Comments


indeed, thanks man

Acanthus
February 12th 2011


9542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really digging the first track, not to mention the vocals.

I think I'm going to have to check the rest of the bands discog out, and get this; I'm too much of a sucker for German vocals.

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TheSpirit
February 12th 2011


17821 Comments


It really seems this type of black metal has become your niche, eh Jared?

Ponton
Emeritus
February 12th 2011


5793 Comments


Hehe, this is a bit different than this stuff I usually do.

jingledeath
February 12th 2011


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listened to this yesterday, I like it but it's not as good as Durch Den Traum.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2011


18465 Comments


I thought these guys were Austrian, not Australian. Might want to change that.



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truekeish
February 13th 2011


12 Comments


I'm so jealous to know other people have heard this and I haven't. I heard one song by this album, I'm going to buy it. It was amazing.

Bitchfork
February 13th 2011


7584 Comments


Sounds like the best that bad black metal can be.*
I'll stick with my Vacuus for now, Jared.

*Based on me only looking at Imperium Dekadenz in the rec section

but Brandon said avant-garde bm was involved so lol fuck no lol

rasputin
February 13th 2011


14544 Comments


lol this band is not australian, how did you not spot the entire tracklist being in german.

i also highly doubt this is any good

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2011


16137 Comments


Bout halfway in. Pretty meh so far.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 13th 2011


10594 Comments


Maybe he meant Austrian? Spelling is similar.

Either way, I'm looking to get into more stuff like this, and this sounds kind of neat, ill add it to my list. Especially because I really didn't get much 2010 metal, so this year ill remedy that!

rasputin
February 13th 2011


14544 Comments


well he obviously meant austrian

sifFlammable
February 13th 2011


2741 Comments


best black metal album of the year so far

dont worry folks, woods of desolation coming soon

liledman
February 13th 2011


3826 Comments


dont worry folks, its fucking february

Bitchfork
February 13th 2011


7584 Comments


"I'm looking to get into more stuff like this,
don't make such mistakes.

Mendigo
February 13th 2011


2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

as while it is Australia’s Dornenreich’s best album

it's been said before, but: WTF MAN? it's Austrian's - which is pretty much exactly on the opposite side of the world.

anyway, I need this. I need this soon.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 13th 2011


5793 Comments


Nah guys it's great stuff. If you hated the band's early material you may actually really like this. Thanks for the frequent country correction as well.

TheArkitecht
February 13th 2011


1672 Comments


sounds like my kinda thing.



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