|Review: Eisregen - Schlangensonne|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)
Interesting stuff from Germany here. These guys have been around since 1995, but this is my first exposure to their material. The beginning of the opening track sounds like it could have been on Rammstein's first couple of albums, but then it tones down and gets quieter with piano parts and what have you. What follows is quite melodic with lots of keyboards that at times sound kind of pop-ish, which kind of clashes with the almost drowned-out grinding guitars. I really hate when keyboards are too present like this.
Lots of mid to fast-paced melodic Black Metal with a Pagan/Folk vibe here – in fact calling this melodic Black Metal is a stretch, but it's about as close as it gets to a "known" genre, musically speaking (I've seen "Dark Metal" applied to them.) The lyrics sung in German further amplify the folk vibe (for non-German speakers at least). The vocals are raspy (except for the Rammstein-ish stuff on the first track), more or less Black Metal in style and fit well here (better than the keyboards anyway.) The music is so easy on the ears that Eisregen would probably reach a wider audience by trading for a cleaner vocal style.
While a little too keyboard-heavy, Schlangensonne is nonetheless a good listen, though it'll most likely find takers in fans of more melodic metal.
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