Sterbend
Dwelling Lifeless


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (117 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2019 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The deepest abyss of depression and hopelessness.

Depressive/suicidal black metal is the most melancholic sub genre of black metal. You can clearly tell that just by the name of it. The pure hopelessness of life and animosity for the human race in general is quite evident when jamming certain bands. Suicide isn’t anything new to black metal, tracing all the way back to 1991 when Mayhem’s Dead blew his own brains out and left a cryptic note behind that said nothing more than “excuse all the blood”. It’s a terrifying concept to think about. But at the same time there’s a certain “charm” to it that adds to the authenticity of the bands that play this style of music.

Germany’s Sterbend is a band that embraces all aspects of the depressing nature of this genre. Slow and agonizing riffs, such a dark and eerie atmosphere that gives you the feeling that impending death is coming your way. Tortured and absolutely wailing vocals that perfectly portray the pain that these men are going though and displaying in musical form. Could be a minute, a week or a month, but you know at some point your time will be up. A lot of DSBM is too underproduced or doesn’t come off as genuine. Sterbend falls into the category of a band that is just purely depressed and lifeless.

When I say lifeless I mean that based on the fact that you feel like you have no hope for humanity while listening to Dwelling Lifeless. Life sucks sometimes and that’s a fact. Sterbend makes sure that you feel all of the anguish of the negativity in life. While that may sound terrible to some, there’s not many albums that can give you that genuine feeling of absolute dreariness that most people have to go through on a day to day basis. The real struggle of life that is being put into the music itself.

Some bands do it just for show but Sterbend is not one of those bands. You can tell from the opening seconds that Dwelling Lifeless is the straight up embodiment of all of the things there is to hate about life on earth. The high pitched wimpers of the vocals give you the feeling that these men really do not enjoy living. That there isn’t any hope or any light at the end of the tunnel. Just pure unadulterated horror and pain. The riffs are almost doom-esque, but they don’t need to be any other way for the overall vibe of this album. There’s no rainbows or flowers, nothing but death and an absolute void of life or anything positive.

That may sound unappealing to some. It might even sound downright unlistenable to others. But let me be clear. Life is not always how it seems. There are obstacles, some so deep that you may want to give up hope completely. Sterbend are the manifestation of all of the darkest and unilluminated aspects of life on earth while also coming across as being as real and genuine human beings. Sometimes you can’t escape the darkest corners of your mind and Sterbend make sure of that on Dwelling Lifeless. Buckle up my friends because this is going to be one of the most depressing rides of your entire miserable lives. And you know what? Sometimes that’s just what we all need.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hawks
May 23rd 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review bad. Albums slayz bros. m/

budgie
May 23rd 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HAWKS!!!!!

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Papa Universe
May 23rd 2019


22433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hawks here bringing old underrated classics back to prominence.

dwelling POS

CaptainDooRight
May 23rd 2019


4150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

do not take thy lyfe

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budgie
May 23rd 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no

take thy life

only death is real

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2019


16815 Comments


Guess this is the album I need for a Fridays night.

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
May 23rd 2019


6738 Comments


no hawks dont do it we need more FB quotables

budgie
May 23rd 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yess dewi, join the grim side. not rated this yet?

artiswar
May 24th 2019


9488 Comments


lmao what exactly is cryptic about 'excuse all the blood'. You dumb faggot Hawks.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2019


15727 Comments


Good review hawks. Have a pos

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2019


26103 Comments


no huge on depressive bm but this looks raw so i may need to indulge

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Papa Universe
May 24th 2019


22433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

way too long, but enjoyable

Hawks
May 24th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lmao what exactly is cryptic about 'excuse all the blood'. You dumb faggot Hawks.


It’s hilarious and ironic that you were “roasting” people about using faggot as an insult not long ago and now you wanna use it as an insult yourself lmao. Take your dumb ass back to The Contortionist thread you fucking fruitcake.

Hawks
May 24th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But yes bros album slayz.

budgie
May 24th 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should just remove his comment, this album is too good for his bullshit

artiswar
May 24th 2019


9488 Comments


the 'dumb' part was the insult, the faggot part was just the descriptor I chose to go with, don't be a faggot.

budgie
May 25th 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

einsamkeit has the best screams ever man

AGHHHHHHHHHHHH WOAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

garas
May 25th 2019


2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd m/

Thanks budgie for the rec!

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Hawks
May 25th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/

budgie
May 25th 2019


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn hawks you missed the best thread last night



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