Schwarz verhüllt
Style: Viking/folk metal
Release date: 28 October, 2011
Playing time: 48:00

In Douglas Adams' 'A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Slartibarfast was the character who created Norway. That's of course as absurd as you'd expect it to be from Adams.

Why a German band would call itself almost the same as a fictional character who created Norway, I cannot fathom. But let that rest for now and let us focus on the fourth album by said band.

'schwarz verhüllt' is a fairly eclectic blend of thrash, black metal and pagan up-tempo metal, yup, with bagpipes and all. A tasteless mix? Yeah, I reckon it is, but we're not strangers to the mix these days, and I've certainly listened to worse cases than this one.

The album is divided into chapters and as such form a concept album that looks into the darker side of the humanity. It is all performed with a considerable amount of drama, often provided by the bagpipe and synths.

This is not an eternal classic, but the effort is approved!

Best track? Probably Kapitel V: Erhabenheit.


1. Prolog
2. Kapitel I: Sehnsucht (Dämmerung in verschneitem Wald)
3. Kapitel II: Liebe (Vollmondnacht)
4. Kapitel III: Trauer (Als das Glück noch Zukunft hieß)
5. Kapitel IV: Angst (Der Morgen graut am Horizont)
6. Kapitel V: Erhabenheit (Die Königin dem Grab entsteigt)
7. Kapitel VI: Melancholie (Tagtraum)

Label: Twilight
Distribution: Twilight
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 10 December, 2011