Containing the very prolific artist behind Gnaw Their Tongues, (and many, many other bands and projects), Dodenbezweerder offer up 38 minutes of raw blackened nightmare.
The band’s music is made up of just drums, guitar, and vocals, and it’s surprisingly layered despite these minimal ingredients. Dark distorted blackness forms the bulk of the material here, and its lo-fi approach will undoubtedly be a barrier to the uninitiated.
The music sounds more like an underworld ritual than actual songs, and the songwriting emphasises this, with its repetitive and hypnotic aspects brought to the fore. Dodenbezweerder craft oppressive soundscapes with sinister auras, and although aggression is a part of their sound, this is not music that has violence as its primary goal.
The raw black metal that Dodenbezweerder unleash is focused mainly on atmosphere, and ambient elements are used well to enhance what the songs have to offer. It’s a well-crafted blackened journey that Dodenbezweerder take you on, one that’s augmented by enough dark atmosphere to be truly immersive and compelling.
Releases like this are clearly not for everyone, but nor are they meant to be. If, however, you’re a fan of raw, lo-fi black metal, with a ritualistic atmospheric edge, then this is definitely one of the better releases in this niche style.