Irrwisch
Irrwisch


4.0
excellent

Review

by This is the best party I've been to USER (10 Reviews)
July 20th, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a cool ocean breeze through your hollowed out corpse

Irrwisch's self-titled demo opens with the gentle sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore. Three minutes into the opening track, the sound fades away and the listener is thrown into a barrage of black metal carnage. Yet, there has been a few changes to the classic black formula. The opening riff is jarring and unsettling like any good black metal riff, but has somewhat of a brighter and more adventurous feel to it. Irrwisch has been able to escape the ancient forests of Scandinavia to craft a metal album with a truly unique feeling and oceanic setting.

Irrwisch is an atmospheric black metal band from the Netherlands; and in typical black metal fashion, their origins remain somewhat of a mystery. The band plays a variety of metal that sit between the space of Drudkh's passionate folk and Paysage d'HIver lo-fi madness. The music contains trance-inducing guitars, mournful vocals, and heavily developed atmosphere. Irrwisch is able to differentiate themselves with some interesting production. Listing the production as a positive on a atmospheric black metal album may be seem strange, but the production feels meaningful and well thought out. An unusual effect on the recording gives this self-titled demo a strange drowning feeling. The recording is still lo-fi enough to please any fan of the genre and does nothing but push the atmosphere and uniqueness of the album.

The musicianship of each band member are truly excellent. The guitar parts are memorable and give each track a deep, consuming feeling. The riffs repeat themselves continually through songs but they never seem boring, working instead to hypnotizing effect. The vocals are delivered with passion and force. A highlight of the demo is the drumming. Instead of relying on constant blast beats, the drummer shows variety and skill in enhancing the mood and energy of every song. The music travels through the darkness, but show a bit of hope every so often. Many of the riffs seem like a further exploration of the opening riff to "Hymn IV" of Nattens Madrigal, showcasing glimmers of beauty and joy within the abyss of pain and suffering.

Though a refreshing take on the black metal genre, Irrwish's demo does have a few faults that keep it from being a potential classic. For one, the first two tracks on the album end too quickly. Just when the parts had come together to a climax, both tracks fade out almost instantly and in a very awkward way. The guitars parts are solid enough to warrant more from the songs, but the awkward fade only kills the atmosphere of the album. A second issue is that the last two songs showed more ability than what was delivered on the opening half of the album. The last two tracks, …Der Freiheit and Irrgang show much stronger song writing and a larger dynamic presence. If the entire album had followed the example these two tracks set, we would be looking at a modern black metal classic.

Irrwisch's demo provided an interesting take on black metal, moving the setting from the forest to the ocean. The album is dark enough, lo-fi enough, and chaotic enough to appeal to any fan of the genre. Yet, Irrwisch has altered conventions by including adventurous riffs, moments of brightness, and a unique production style, that will intrigue anyone looking for something different.



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laughingman22
July 20th 2014


2769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My submission to the review a random album game. Ended up being one the best black metal albums I've heard in a long time, sooooo check it out

Judio!
July 20th 2014


8401 Comments


Awesome review dude, pos'd. Really like how you set up the first paragraph in particular. Probs your
best review yet bro.

Hawks
July 20th 2014


51000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review yeah. Album/demo/whatever is pretty cool.

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Crysis
Emeritus
July 20th 2014


17272 Comments


mourns hard

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Wizard
July 20th 2014


20112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see a review for this. Reads well and I agree with everything said.



Really underrated bm demo.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2014


7571 Comments


First three songs are streaming here:

http://thoseopposedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/irrwisch

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Hyperion1001
Emeritus
July 20th 2014


19975 Comments


good album

Shuyin
July 20th 2014


13058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

debut album in 2047

ChoccyPhilly
July 20th 2014


11626 Comments


Great job at the review man

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laughingman22
July 20th 2014


2769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks everyone

zakalwe
July 21st 2014


23001 Comments


Shitty

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2014


22601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yes! Dug the review man, nice job. Hopefully this will convince some more people to check this out. Have a well-deserved pos

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RiffOClock
July 21st 2014


1051 Comments


getting this as we speak

RiffOClock
July 22nd 2014


1051 Comments


so yeah this was a great first listen, nothing original but it gets the job done. somber but not gimmicky, and melodic without getting too cheesy

Shuyin
August 5th 2014


13058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

great stuff



dem cellos, we had new samples like 3 years ago.. wonder what happened to the new album

emester
October 3rd 2014


8163 Comments


This is a demo?

Definitely one of the best demos Ive heard in a while in that case

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Hyperion1001
Emeritus
October 3rd 2014


19975 Comments


yeah demo, it rules though

they are supposed to release something else i thought, hasnt surfaced yet which is a shame

emester
October 3rd 2014


8163 Comments


Yeah I saw the had an ep in the works

emester
October 14th 2014


8163 Comments


I absolutely love the atmosphere that the fuzzy production on the guitars gives off on this. seriously one of my favorite
demos of all time

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
October 14th 2014


19975 Comments


yep, ive always been extremely impressed with how solid this demo is.



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