Von Branden
Style: Atmospheric Gothic Metal
Release date: November 30th 2007

Von Branden is a musical project featuring Solarian von Branden (vocals), Vestriz von Branden (guitars, bass, vocals) and Arminius von Theesfeld (drums, accordion). Von Branden was brought to life in 2004 and after 2 demos “Behind the Rain” (2004) and “Ignoranzkult” (2006) they are now ready to release their first full length album entitled “Scherben”.


When I first threw this disc in my hard-tried CD-player I was somehow surprised... I did not expect music like this. They are labelled as a Gothic Metal band but to me they are so much more than that. Well... I could easily call it Atmospheric-Emotional-Gothic-Melodic-Black-Metal and style and sound wise they are close to Cronian. We get 9 songs, included a Tori Amos cover, “Winter” and I must admit that I actually find this album quite good despite musical instruments like; cello, saxophone and a piano.


The male vocals are both clean and almost Black Metal-like, but we also get female Gothic vocals, not at bad mix if you ask me. The music is very emotional and atmospheric but it needs a couple of spins to grow. But just turn off the lights and close your eyes and let the music captivate you. Dark, beautiful, cold, emotional are some of the words I use here to describe their music. There are new things to discover with every listen and the more I listen to it the more I like it.


Von Branden has certainly broadened my horizon when it comes to music, that’s for sure. But do have in mind that you have to be in a certain mood to swallow this. This is definitely a must for every fan of absorbing atmospheric musical sound scapes.


Try it... it works for me! 

01. Behind the Rain
02. Scherben
03. Ignoranzkult
04. Bitter Lies in Pure Dismay
05. Vergessen
06. Zwischen Welten
07. Consuming Life
08. Elend
09. Winter (Tori Amos Cover)
Label: GreyFall
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: November 15th 2007
Website: www.vonbranden.de