Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Self-Flagellation Pt.2

Urfaust - Der freiwillige Bettler

Urfaust are an incredibly unique Dutch two-piece black metal band. They play an atmospheric sort of black metal, with touches of folk (think early Absurd) and heavy orchestra work at times. The vocals howl and chant and suffer, the guitars swirl and the drums build. The band express a nihilism unseen in many quarters - complete refusal to explain themselves, describing themselves as hermit black metal, fueled by alcohol and pure ritual evil. There's a lot here about intoxication and possession, which describes their sound and their approach to making music perfectly. All this sounds like a fucking stereotype, but Urfaust really are unlike other black metal cults, and the sound of is dark,harsh, beautiful and haunting.

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