Grand, wonderful, super-melodic black metal with wild and engaging vocals. I can't keep these riffs out of my head, which is just fine because I love them. They are rooted in the traditional black metal sound and as melodic as they get, they remain tethered to pummeling blasts and... more blasts. So I can still frown and be grim while happily listening to it.
This is my #2 album of 2020.
Favorite track: Unser Weg nach Elysium.
This album is a triumph. It's an exercise in grandeur. Exuberant black metal, rich in distinctive melodies, heavy on the blasts, and decadent in word and style. Outstanding work.
Favorite track: Schöpfungswut.
"Schöpfungswut" shows Porta Nigra in a more (old-school) Black Metal based fashion. But there are always links to their own past through melodies, lyrics and the general fashion of their artistic expression. Great album for Fans of extravagant Black Metal! Ugh!
Favorite track: Das Rad des Ixion.
Easily one of the best German avant-garde metal albums I've listened to in years; several total bangers. "Unser Weg nach Elysium" is the only track that is kinda cliché; apart from that one skip-button prompter, a phenomenal album.
Favorite track: Die Kosmiker.
Porta Nigra returns with a new, third album that leads them back to the roots of more straight-forward, furious and monumental Black Metal art of the glorious era of the nineties.
While musically not comparable to its eclectic predecessors, "Schöpfungswut" still contains lyrical traces of their decadent and fin de siècle-inspired atmosphere, which the outfit became known for. To present the lyrics in the necessary manner the band's core duo decided to work together with a new vocalist: Tongue, guitarist and creator of German Black Metal outfit CHAOS INVOCATION. The production was handled by Markus Stock.
BAN is one of my favourite black metal bands, and this album is a great example as to why; psychedelic, atmospheric black metal that's enjoyable to listen to the whole way through!
This album reminds me of their 777 series, which is probably why I like it more than anything else they've done recently. Black Metal is easily one of my most-favoured genres when it's not held back by it's stupid conventions that 'trve kvlts' love to upheld. thrashing_fairy