Style: Ambient Black Metal
Release date: 4 May, 2012
Playing time: 20:16

For me, there's a fine line between being artsy fartsy and good. There's also a fine line between being real metal and black metal. German Draumar are on to something I think is good even if it borders on artsy fartsy and has been impaled with a big rod of black metal!

Thing is, this is for the most part very, very beautiful music. At the same time, it is orchestral, acoustic and electronically ambient, a combination which some fail to make interesting. Draumar manage to do so, and probably because you never know if there's suddenly a harsh and cold outburst of black metal rage waiting around the corner. There aren't too many of those fits of cold anger, though, and that's why the black metal becomes a boost of energy rather than the joykiller I usually consider it to be if it's exaggerated.

This is really a special release which I think you should treat yourself to test your senses on. Remember; keep your mind open. Close your eyes and let the ambient beauty send you on a flight over the snowy mountain ranges. Even if it only lasts a mere 20 minutes, it's still a rush.

01. Auftakt
Gebirge I
Gebirge II


Label: Karge Welt
Promotion: Vast and Void
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 28 December, 2012
Website: Draumar @facebook