Register Forgot login?

© 2002-2021
Encyclopaedia Metallum

Best viewed
without Internet Explorer,
in 1280 x 960 resolution
or higher.

Privacy Policy

An interesting sequel - 90%

ThisLivingHand, September 24th, 2014
Written based on this version: 2014, Cassette, Eternal Rabies Kult

Only a few months after the impressive first full album by the Berlin based black metal project Cruda Sorte, there is more music emerging from the eastern German realms. This time, Nathanael and M.v.V. offer us am EP including three tracks that can obviously be considered as an addition or a sequel to their album Innozenz, based on the titles as well as the lyrics and style. With respect to all of these aspects, this EP continues generally the rather obscure and unpleasant path trodden before, but there are some differences that I will refer to here.

After listening to the music in context with the aforementioned album, it is quite clear that these tracks, though lower in production, are not to be considered as b-sides, but as a creative and philosophical continuation that indicates that Nathanael is still dwelling upon the themes of occultism and the worth of beliefs and our being. Thus, the first track ('Reliquia') continues where Innozenz left us, with the ashes, the relics of the consuming flames ('Flamma'), out of which the destructive-chaotic thoughts arise like a phoenix and in a new emanation. The latter apparently is a wolf, whose shape and purpose are purified within the second track until it is unleashed as a beast ('Bestia') on mankind, to destroy the very roots of every Christian belief.

Interestingly, despite these bloody and kind of seriously meant lyrical themes, the three featured songs appear to be more accessible, probably due to the slight melodic relief provided by the composer that make the listening experience at least a little bit comfortable and that indicate some degree of positivity connected with the states of mind and the sceneries depicted on this record. Generally, the rougher production makes the music more organic than on the predecessor, and Nathanael shows a kind of matured vocal performance, with more variation and more emphasis to all of his chilling screams, which make this EP definitely not a more enjoyable listen than Innozenz, although the mentioned melodic parts (as well as the EP only featuring three songs) at least lighten this task to some degree.

So if you are in the mood to continue the unpleasant journey started with Innozenz, then you should definitely check out Tollwutkult as well, and in case you eschew the whole impact of the full length, this EP can be considered as a good start for getting accustomed with this particular style.