Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Unstille


4.5
superb

Review

by welljesuschrist USER (15 Reviews)
October 13th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, epic Black Metal tempered with a few contemporary influences.

Black metal has come a long way since the likes of Mayhem, Burzum and Darkthrone released their dissonant, hate-filled crop of early 90's classics. What was once without doubt one of the most insular, purist and real genres around (bar perhaps the East/West coast rivalry that claimed the lives of 2Pac and Biggie, no other music scene has come close to rivalling the violence, singularity and totality of early Norwegian black metal; suicide, murder and multiple church arsons, those boys really did mean it) has become fractured, diverse and in some areas almost totally unrecognisable. And quite frankly all the more interesting for it. After all you can only do so much with blast beats, inarticulate shrieks and relentless un-muted tremolo picking recorded in a grimy basement (or under a full moon in the middle of some frost-coated Scandinavian forest if you're Ulver).

These days variation is the name of the game, be it the impenetrable, monolithic epitomes of Blut Aus Nord, the vibrant, shimmering post-black metal of Alcest or the experimental, surreal meddling of Nachmystium, black metal doesn't seem so... black anymore. On Unstille, Der Weg einer Freiheit (translated, The Path of Freedom) keep things reasonably traditional. There are no saxophone solos, Gregorian chanting or bluegrass interludes, but what Der Weg einer Freiheit do bring something relatively rare to black metal; fun. Unstille is a bloody enjoyable listen.

Opener 'Zeichen' is neither laborious nor turgid as its twelve minute run time may suggest. Its relentless first half offers zero breathing amongst the cacophony of blast-beats, distorted guitar and guttural shrieks but halfway through everything falls away and each element is slowly re-introduced, layered and built upon, culminating in a long, slow hypnotic guitar solo. The blast-beats return for the furious final minutes before finally fading away into nothingness. It's a master-class in constructing an epic, arresting and engaging and betraying its actual length.

Instrumental 'Nachstam' is a further highlight. Melancholic, brooding and centred around a melodic guitar line, it again shows a knack for pace and dynamism lacking in so much black metal. 'Vergängnis' contains almost post-rock style passages of melodic guitar and ten minute closer 'Zerfall' rages furiously for six minutes, slips into a sludgey dirge then re-erupts for the record's most surprising and ethereal moment; one final minute of spiralling, gorgeous guitar reminiscent of Sigur Ros's 'Popplagið'.

Purists may not appreciate the post-rock influence present here, nor the melody that Der Weg einer Freiheit frequently inject into their compositions. Unstille is dark, furious, epic. It takes the best elements from the notorious second wave of black metal and tempers them with a broader palette of modern influences. A masterpiece.

Originally here - http://www.youarentcool.com/reviews/4/unstille



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Wizard
October 13th 2012


20209 Comments


This sounds awesome, gonna check it out. Great review!

bakkermaarten007
October 13th 2012


5285 Comments


Great review, just one remark: Der Weg Einer Freiheit actually means The Path Of A Freedom instead of the Path Of Freedom (not 100% sure as it's been long since I've last spoken German).

zaruyache
October 13th 2012


20891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great first review. Album was pretty good.

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JF Williams
October 13th 2012


51 Comments


"...the experimental, surreal meddling of Nachmystium"

I see what you did there. Awesome review, too. Your writing is concise and descriptive. I'll have to give this thing a spin soon!

StarlessAnd
October 14th 2012


443 Comments


real genre


Hawks
October 14th 2012


70839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as the s/t, but this is still really great.

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foxblood
October 20th 2012


9530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, even if they didn't really do anything new or unexpected on this

Ignimbrite
January 25th 2013


6533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty sweet

CosmicPie
August 28th 2013


1454 Comments


About to dive into this.

osmark86
September 16th 2013


8966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"They are notorious for primarily talking about modern society instead of christianity." - from the band description.



Interesting how you can achieve notoriety from a very, very common topic of talk. Diving into this right now too.

Digging: Polynation - Igneous

osmark86
September 16th 2013


8966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

edgy

osmark86
September 16th 2013


8966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, great review btw. and this album is definitely a very pleasing listen.

PortalofPerfection
August 29th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is way better than the s/t. S/t was very solid well done traditional black metal but this has it's own unique vibe and presentation. The band definitely found their sound on this.



I love albums with personality, basically anything that wears its influences porudly but makes a great (successful) effort to stand out and bring some original flair. This has all that in spades. Rating will probably go up.

zaruyache
August 25th 2017


20891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

new album stream yo



http://derwegeinerfreiheit.bandcamp.com/album/finisterre

Hawks
August 26th 2017


70839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yesssssss!

Evok
October 29th 2017


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rips hard

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kalkwiese
December 23rd 2017


3279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listened to this yesterday. I definetly prefer Kamprad as the vocalist, but the instrumentals are sweet

kalkwiese
March 2nd 2018


3279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love how they incorporate the spoken samples. Also Nachtsam might be one of their best tracks m/

kalkwiese
March 21st 2018


3279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Zeichen is such a beaut

kalkwiese
July 15th 2018


3279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just returned to second my last post lol. My favourtie music for studying



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