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Semen Datura: Einsamkeit

Einsamkeit is the third release from German black metal act Semen Datura, a pretty solid genre release here in the latter stages of 2009. Combining some of the raw, primal black metal characteristics (manic blast beats, furious tremelo picked guitar riffs, and hellish vocals) with some of the more atmospheric and progressive tendencies that we've seen from bands over the last decade, Semen Datura certainly keep things interesting throughout this 10 song platter.

The first thing you'll notice is the vocals are sung in their native tongue, which is probably going to be a turn off for many listeners, as the German language can be a bit harsh. Musically though, there's plenty to sink your teeth into here. The jagged title track features no shortage of furious riffs and psychotic screams, and "Marschbefehl" is a complete crusher, fueled by a wide variety of fast and slow guitar patterns and manic drum work. At times, there's a feel here that's not too distant from what Celtic Frost were trying to do on Monotheist (especially on "Mental Outlaw"), and in other spots you'll be reminded of early Burzum or Mayhem. Not sure what they were thinking about with the rootsy acoustic number "Vineta", but the two completely progressive tracks to end the CD, "Rieke Stadt" and "Arkona", bring to mind Enslaved at their most adventurous, complete with plenty of keyboard effects, layers of textured guitar work, sinewy bass lines, and a variety of harsh vocal styles.

Despite a couple of flaws, this is a pretty solid and enjoyable black metal album from a band that has a lot of tricks up their sleeve. Word has it though that this might be their last release-let's hope that's not the case.

Track Listing
1. Fons et Origo
2. Unter bleigrauen Wolkenlasten
3. Einsamkeit
4. Mental Outlaw
5. Marschbefehl
6. Psychokrieg
7. Witwenmacher
8. Vineta
9. Rieke Stadt
10. Arkona

Added: July 29th 2010
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band's MySpace page
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Language: english

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Semen Datura: Einsamkeit
Posted by Denis Brunelle, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-07-29 07:45:00
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Ah, those Germans! There are always new and interesting acts to discover from this fertile underground land. Semen Datura is not a new band though considering this is their third album. Founding members Averswald, Nakhar and the newly recruited jazz drummer (that's what the info sheet said!) are forming this great trio.

What makes this act so special, besides coming from Germany and being a black metal band? I guess that these crafty musicians possess great songwriting skills to begin with and Einsamkeit was blessed by an excellent sounding production. Add to this variation in tempos plus mood and a certain progressive edge, especially noticeable in the time signatures, then you'll get a better idea as to what awaits the listener. Being a black metal release, you can expect things like: dark atmospheres, juicy riffs, distorted leads, arpeggios and tremolo pickings and some blast beats, of course. Semen Datura are not afraid of harmonies and sickness in their songs either. Some cleaner guitar work, ambient keyboards, and even a bit of acoustic guitars are part of their bag of tricks. I also mentioned sickness, well this is mostly found in the wicked rasps, but they can become ghostly and discrete too. A touch of electronics and few samples helped creating this sober décor. This is really a cool opus and, besides a couple of furious tracks, is just filled with only great numbers. For examples: "Mental Outlaw" is wickedly crushing while "Vineta" is where you can hear those cool acoustic parts.

Einsamkeit is a release that I recommend.

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