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Review: Finsterforst - ...Zum Tode Hin
...Zum Tode Hin

Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2009
Duration: 70:38
Tracks: 5
Genre: Folk Metal


Review online: May 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 4.08/5 (81.67%) (12 Votes)

Unfortunately, I never heard Finsterforst's earlier work, which is too bad. Nonetheless, I can still assess that their brand new effort is an excellent piece of Germanic music. Finsterforst is a pretty big band, counting seven full time members, including two guitar players, a keyboardist and an accordionist. Four of them take various roles in the vocals department. Add to this a guest musician handling the tin whistle to get the full picture of this act. I believe you have figured out this is a Folk Metal act we're having here; one of my favorite genres of metal, by the way.

I was surprised to find out this disc lasts 70 minutes, since time goes by pretty quickly while listening to this album - true that the four first compositions range between 11 to 13 minutes, only surpassed by the closing track, which clocks in at 21:37. Folk Metal with a great melodic and epic feel is what …Zum Tode Hin is all about. Lots of acoustic parts are scattered throughout this opus, once again to my greatest and selfish acoustic guitar player's pleasure. The folksy tones of the accordion also help greatly in bringing that harmonious edge found in Folk music. The vocals are mostly rasps, but cool epic clean chants make a few, but well appreciated, appearances. Not being fond of those fast parts with double basses, I could have done without, but at least they usually don't last too long. Those paces are often followed by nice acoustic breaks. My favorite compositions are : "Das Grobe Erwachen" and "Untergang".

All hails to Finsterforst for this refreshing folksy spring breeze!

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