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Review: Kermania - Ahnenwerk

Label: Wod Van
Year released: 2006
Duration: 56:50
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 16, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Sometimes I think the best thing I ever did was get on the Van mailing list, because I get some of the coolest, most underground stuff you can imagine from them. Kermania are another totally kvlt band from Germany, a part of the WOD brotherhood that includes such black luminaries as The Ruins Of Beverast, Abusus, Funeral Procession, and Verdunkeln. As might be expected from the eclectic company, Kermania are very different, and also very cool.

I've never heard anything quite like this before, but if I had to compare it to something, it would be Bathory's Twilight Of The Gods, only this is even more epic and obscure. At almost an hour with only 4 tracks you can imagine that these are long songs, and indeed the opener, at almost 25 minutes, sets the tone for the whole thing. These are long songs with slow, rolling riffs that are simultaneously epic and melancholy, the vocals are subdued, and rather sparsely used, plus they are all in German, so I have no idea what they are about. Be assured, however, that Kermania are very pagan, so this is probably about something cool. The music is hard to really describe, it's almost like Xasthur in places, but not quite that ambient, other places it reminds me of Drudkh, but not that mournful. This is another fine album from Van that is hard to really explain except that it rules. It's not really aggressive, it's not that heavy, what it is, is haunting, and despite the long running time, you will have a hard time switching it off once it's on. Very different, and very recommended.

Track Listing:
  1. Des Schwertes Scharfe Beichtgesang
  2. Veitersberg
  3. Heimatferne Rast
  4. Ahnenwerk
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