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Review: Brocken Moon - Das Märchen vom Schnee
Brocken Moon
Das Märchen vom Schnee

Label: Northern Silence Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:16
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Das Märchen vom Schnee

Rated 5/5 (100%) (2 Votes)

Too bad this is the first time I'm hearing about this excellent German trio, who's been releasing demos after demos since 1999. Actually, what I would really like to get, is a copy of their debut Mondfinstemis, which came out in 2005.

Das Märchen vom Schnee is, in fact, one single track that was recorded then broken down into six different parts, simply named "Part (1-6)". This is a type of Black Metal that I really like, and I enjoyed listening this CD quite a few times. Not only the musicians composed raw and fast paced, a bit old school-ish Black Metal, but more melodic and ambient passages were often thrown in as well, to my selfish pleasure. To make things even tastier, those moments are included in every part, and they are varied too. Many times, they take the form of pleasant acoustic guitar passages, sometimes accompanied by birds and nature samplings. In other circumstances, it's atmospheric keyboards/samplings or clean arpeggios taking over. Wicked raspy vocals are the tools of Grim, who can also turn into a rather ghostly character at times. His usual vocals remain discrete mostly, but in every situation, they suit very well the mood of the compositions. Lots of great compositions to point out, from tracks 1 to 3 and number 5. The closing track is an instrumental, very ambient/atmospheric tune with the same clean arpeggios repeated over and over and spacey keys. The problem I have with that one is its duration, since "Part VI" clocks in at 20:45, twice as long as necessary, in my opinion.

Das Märchen vom Schnee is a great Black Metal album with a melodic blend of atmosphere and furiousness.

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