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Review: Gestrüpp - Below the Trees
Below the Trees

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 1:06:00
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 1.25/5

Review online: January 24, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Below the Trees

Rated 2.82/5 (56.47%) (17 Votes)

You know most of those negative thoughts you get when you hear the phrase Atmospheric Post Black Metal? Well, those apply pretty well to this album. It was released for free on Bandcamp due to the pandemic by sole member A.A.S, so I can't be too angry with it, but that doesn't mean I find it thrilling to hear the same feeble, buzzing tremolo riffs for seven minutes straight. The post part of this comes in when you get the distortionless plinking that gets on your nerves after the first few seconds, let alone the minutes they tend to go on for, and all of that makes the songs just gel together in a blur of mopey tedium pretty quickly. This isn't entirely without merit, as while the 14-minute epic "As the Birds Have Stopped to Sing" has no reason to go on for that long, it does flash some solid licks near the end, though they're not enough to save it from being horrifically boring. The one track on here I'd call good is the acoustic instrumental "The Wind and the Trees", which actually has a solid grasp for mood and progression that the rest of the album is severely lacking in. I'd say that this guy would probably be better off just ditching the Black Metal pretense and just go full acoustic/ambient, but then again the acoustic version of "The Change of Seasons" that closes out the album is a little worse than the original, so he'd still need to vary and tighten his songwriting a good bit. Either way, I just don't think Black Metal is his thing.

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