|Review: Semen Datura - Einsamkeit|
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Well, this is certainly interesting. This German black metal band is a bit all over the place with its sound, so this is quite varied – and at times a bit weird. The first comparison that comes to mind is later Enslaved (but also pre-suck Enslaved, i.e. before Verterbrae.) They've got a bit of a prog meets psychedelic edge without quite getting there that just calls for that comparison. The vocals vary quite a bit – BM screeches, clean vocals and there's even a bit of a Rammstein-ish style creeping up here and there. Very melodic overall, with a sort of "desperate", downer feel to it, the album nonetheless contains a few speedier moments, such as on "Marschbefehl" which has some pretty sharp riffage before turning into later Enslaved weirdness. You listen to that one and it's almost like listening to 3-4 different songs, but without any of it feeling disjointed.
There are some industrial-tinged passages here and there, but that's not too bad – they don't use that too much and the use is mostly tasteful. The more "standard" black metal-ish parts borrow from various schools, though I did hear a few parts reminding me of the French band Hegemon. But for the most part, Semen Datura focus on weird arrangements that will still catch you off guard several listens in, keeping the interest and replay value up. This is probably too weird and too melodic (and by that I do not mean a gay keyboard fest) for fans of more "standard" black metal, but those looking for something different should definitely check this one out.
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