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Review: Waldgeflüster - Herbstklagen

Label: Black Blood Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 60:24
Tracks: 9
Genre: Pagan Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 29, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

From what I can understand from the booklet, Waldgeflüster is the creation of German composer Winterherz. He takes care of the vocal and guitar parts, and some guest musicians help him out on the wind instruments and keyboards (piano). By checking on the label's site, the complete line up actually includes two guitar players (Alex and Noctar) and drummer Gleb.

The foggy and dark forest cover art and band logo is a pretty good indication as to what to expect from this album. Introduced by wind, wind instruments, birds (crow) and acoustic guitars, the music brings you right into the more ferocious aspects of Pagan Metal. Herbstklagen is not a static album, so it does not stick uniquely to those fast and furious tempos, fortunately. Often, moderate paces are offered, along with crunchiness in the riffing. I always enjoy the natural tones of acoustic guitars in Folk/ Pagan Music. It's with great pleasure that I found out this album contained quite a few of those melodic tonalities. Those delicacies are found in the calmer passages, occasionally accompanied by nature samplings (birds, water flowing etc…). The opening and closing instrumental tracks are two good examples where the organic sounds are omnipresent. As a matter of fact, Winterherz was actually kind enough to include this instrument in every single compositions, most likely due to the fact that the songs were composed on acoustic guitar. Tracks # 3 and 6 ("Wolfsgeheul" and "Von Einsamkeit…") come with heavier tones as well as varied tempos. On the last one, we can hear piano parts as well as a dark atmosphere and distorted lead.

Herbstklagen is another interesting opus of nature inspired metal, brought to us directly from the Pagan woods of Germany.

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