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Der Schein Des Schwarzesten Schnees - 85%

The Sween, June 11th, 2011

Everyone of us have our own idea of what should be real music, and real art. Everyone has their own point of view, and will no doubt voice it one way or another. For me though, it's the sincerity of feelings and emotions used, that can make or break an album. Few people understand this better than the artist, the creator.

It's not surprising that in depressive black metal, so many people create this music independently and isolated. It's their emotions, their intimate world. Such is the work from this famous Ukrainian formation: Moloch. Der Schein Des Schwarzesten Schness shows the creative abilities and compositions of Pr.Sergiy, fully manifest themselves into slow, dark, long lasting and structurally complex passages. Yet always maintaining the characteristic style of Moloch.

In this album, these strains are demonstrated in full, with dense walls of guitar sounds, live drums, yes live drums from a 1-man project! Accompanied by shrieks and screams changing to clean spoken vocals. Keyboards are in tandem with the sounds of pouring rain, creating a rather impressive atmosphere of sadness and sorrow that envelopes this musical journey from the first minute until the last.

The suffering, depression, sadness, hopelessness and pain offered by Moloch is heavily felt by any listener who has not lost their liaison with nature (the album cover sets the mood perfectly). It clearly reflects the essence of this creation, and the ideas Pr.Sergiy is trying to convey. The lyrics, almost poetic are written in Ukrainian (recorded in 2009, this was the first Moloch album to execute Ukrainian lyrics, previously they were all in Russian).

As stated above, the vocals portrayed range from desperate screams to spoken words, I mention this as clean vocals (as of 2009) were not typical of Moloch albums, however they are an excellent addition. There is also change in the song writing, tracks are no longer fast and aggressive, but now carry much more depressing characteristics with a rich, moist sound. Especially the track Philosophie der Depression, for which a video was also filmed. Though the lyrics are Ukrainian, the actual track and album titles are German, as the author believes this is adequate to show their in-depth content.

Overall, a very unusual yet unique job, that treads new depressive paths, yet keeps some of the trademarked styles of Moloch. Which despite the similarities of this style, this album holds it's own identity, and shouldn't be so easily lost amongst other artists of this genre. Recommended to fans of: Burzum, Sterbend, Winter Funeral, Blood Red Fog, Abyssic Hate.