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Review: Geist - Galeere

Label: Lupus Lounge
Year released: 2009
Duration: 50:30
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.85/5 (77%) (20 Votes)

I really enjoyed this band's previous album, the underappreciated Kainsmal in 2006, so I was more than happy to give this new one a spin. On their older work Geist were heavy and rather technical, and they have not entirely ditched that, but they have added a whole lot of experimentation and ambient atmosphere to their sound, producing an album that is quite different from their previous work.

People seem to be having a hard time really finding comparisons for this album, so let me save you the effort: Enslaved. This is very much like the kind of sweeping, epic/progressive Black metal Enslaved produced on their mid-period works like Below The Lights and Ruun, before they decided they were Pink Floyd. Geist have almost none of the non-metal leanings Enslaved have long been plagued with, and this is an album of powerfully composed Black Metal with enormous space and momentum. Thematically this is about the sea, or rather, the horrors of the sea, or the sea as a metaphor for the evils of mankind – I don't really know for sure, I don't speak German, but even I can figure out titles like "Unter Toten Kapitanen". They do build a really gripping, bleak atmosphere on this album, one that is sometimes at odds with the more melodic riffs, but works nevertheless. Galeere ("Galley") is about the sea, and it sounds like it: huge, dark, inexorable, and cold. This is a more than worthy album by a band who are not content to rest on their laurels, and are compelled to push their music into new territory. Recommended.

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