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Klabautamann: The Old Chamber

German progressive black metal act Klabautamann have very quiety put together an excellent string of releases on the Zeitgeister Music label, and their latest The Old Chamber ranks right up there with some of their best. Blending elements of progressive rock, thrash, folk, death metal, and jazz into their fiery black metal brew, Klabautamann impressed fans and critics alike with albums Our Journey Through the Woods and Merkur, and on this new one the band use many of those same elements to create another winner.

It's hard to not compare these guys to the legendary Enslaved; both bands use plenty of atmosphere and progressive song structures, and the virtuoso nature of the musicianship cannot be denied. Plus, the growling vocals are also very similar as well. Much like Enslaved, Klabautamann create epic arrangements that deliver both beauty and brutality. Tunes like "The Crown of the Wild" and "Dead Marshes" are melodic but still frantic black metal numbers, filled with menacing vocals, jagged guitar riffs, atmosphere, and acrobatic drum work. "Gloom" is a more doom/death metal track dripping with melancholia, and the title track is a lovely little instrumental piece with jazz & folk acoustic guitar. Much of the back end of the CD has a more death metal flavor, especially "Death's Canvas", "The Maze", and "The Dying Night", but whether this band is delivering black or death metal, it's always top notch.

The duo of Tim Steffens & Florian Toyka, otherwise known as Klabautamann, certainly have come up with another example of progressive black metal here with The Old Chamber. If you like plenty of textures, diversity, melody, and atmosphere in your extreme metal, you'll want to check this one out.

Track Listing
1. Mary's Abbey
2. Bog Spawn
3. Dead Marshes
4. The Crown Of The Wild
5. Gloom
6. The Old Chamber
7. Death's Canvas
8. The Maze
9. Black Rain
10. The Dying Night

Added: January 16th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2091
Language: english

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