Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Noktvrn


4.3
superb

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
November 27th, 2021 | 159 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Half-awake, half-asleep; trapped between dimensions.

The night, and its hidden secrets, has always exerted a powerful fascination among those who roam creative territories. There is something both seductive and frightening behind its opaque curtains that awakens our deepest fears and desires. An eternal source of inspiration for countless men and women who dared to dive into its ocean of mysteries, in search of pleasure, answers, and liberation. Nocturnes, by the Polish romantic composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin, is a prime example of this passion for nighttime and the source of inspiration for Der Weg einer Freiheit's fifth album, Noktvrn.

With every song composed in the wee hours, Noktvrn explores these nocturnal territories, much like a half-awake creature gazing at the moon. But unlike many of its stylistic peers, it is not only made of shadow but also of light. There is a subtle lightness to all songs that gives Noktvrn a somewhat shimmering look and feel, akin to a burning candle in the corner of a large dark room. Although Nikita Kamprad's songwriting has been spreading its wings over the years, it has never been as diverse as it is now. The melodramatic 'Immortal' (featuring Dávid Makó) and the post-rock(ish) closing track 'Haven', with Kamprad's unexpected falsetto vocals, are the most glaring examples of this broader approach and its most contrasting moments. By exploring new textures, Kamprad not only takes a step forward creatively but also gives the album greater chromatic depth, thus avoiding monochromatic grounds. Everything flows remarkably well, both due to the songwriting dynamics and the recording process, which was done live. This allowed the songs to flow magnificently. The communion between the collective is felt throughout the album, being particularly apparent in the more minimalist sections and subsequent crescendos. 'Gegen das Licht' and 'Haven', although stylistically different, are the ultimate exponents of this progressive increase of intensity. The former is even Noktvrn's most epic piece, featuring two distinct sections, both with magnificent crescendos. The intimate, minimalist opening segments of 'Monument' and 'Gegen das Licht' should also be underlined as they are of remarkable quality. These softer tones, along with Noktvrn's more euphoric moments, constitute the strongest parts of the album, which mirrors Nikita Kamprad's talent for working at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Despite its organic and emotional side, Noktvrn doesn't hide its extreme black metal roots, on the contrary, it proudly unveils them. 'Monument' and 'Am Rande der Dunkelheit' both feature segments of outstanding intensity, alongside 'Morgen's’ first half, whose vibrant tremolo picking is among the most interesting moments on the album. The organic dynamics crafted between the different tempos, intensities, and crescendos are the heart and soul of Noktvrn and its most relevant offering. And although the combination of multiple textures has already been explored on previous albums, never has it been so evident and contrasting. Even linguistically, since 'Immortal' and 'Haven' are both sung in English instead of Nikita Kamprad's native tongue, as has been customary until now. Although this may seem like a small insignificant detail, it symbolizes a willingness for artistic expansion and innovation - a core characteristic of Der Weg Einer Freiheit's creative DNA.

From the top of Mount Olympus, Frédéric Chopin must be proud of his German disciples. And while he's struggling to grasp the peculiarities of black metal aesthetics, he perceives Noktvrn's narrative like no one else. It is a tale of the night; a script that wanders between dream and reality, half-awake, half-asleep; trapped between dimensions. A majestic, intimate testimony that pushes the listener into one of 2021's most interesting soundscapes.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

I should have dropped this a couple of days ago, but unfortunately my professional life is upside down. Awesome release, I especially enjoy its more minimalist moments and superb crescendos.

Noktvrn is available on all streaming platforms.

necropig
November 27th 2021


6387 Comments


kvlt

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botb
November 27th 2021


15069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Had melodies from this record stuck in my head basically since it dropped. It never quite reaches the “holy shit” moment of aufbruch for me but it gets close several times

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

ZURUUUUCKK ZURUUUUCKK

nash1311
November 27th 2021


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yayyyy a review for this. Now I can fawn over it



This is amazing

Willie
Moderator
November 27th 2021


19039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I was just listening to this for the first time yesterday. I'm not set on a rating or anything, but it's definitely good.

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Monument's subtle opening segment and subsequent kick off are something else.

botb
November 27th 2021


15069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haven SOTY contender for me this year

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Rather unexpected post-rock(ish) ending

DDDeftoneDDD
November 27th 2021


19656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is next and looks promising af

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botb
November 27th 2021


15069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh yeah 3D you’re gonna love this one

MeatWolf
November 27th 2021


241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just can't get how you ppl rate this alongside with the previous one. It has its moments but come on.



Zurück zum Finisterre, bitte.

kalkwiese
November 27th 2021


8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Melodies. This one goes for the melodies.

nash1311
November 27th 2021


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep. And it’s way less by the numbers

bigweinerdon
November 27th 2021


1932 Comments


Lol the name of this band

brainmelter
November 27th 2021


7733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

der sweg

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kalkwiese
November 27th 2021


8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What's with the name?

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2021


16250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to re-visit this before the year's out - but there's some really promising stuff here.

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MrSirLordGentleman
November 27th 2021


14829 Comments


love the artwork

very 70's minimalism

Lichtmensch
November 27th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Super happy this got reviewed, it was a very nice read! Absolutely amazing band and album.



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