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The end of Desolation Triumphalis - 88%

Pestbesmittad, December 2nd, 2006

If one is to believe the booklet, “Forever Bound to Nothingness” is the last release from this French black metal horde. You could also say that it’s the Kristallnacht full-length that never was released. Well, at least Lenrauth & Co. bow out with grace. If you’ve missed the band’s EP releases, don’t worry, all those tracks can be found here too.

Musically “Forever Bound to Nothingness” is in the vein of Kristallnacht’s “Warspirit” demo; raw black metal with symphonic keyboards. Also the sound itself is very similar to that of “Warspirit”. However, while “Warspirit” was fast in tempo almost all the time, this stuff is mostly played in a slow/mid-tempo depressive manner and the music is also more varied than that of Kristallnacht. While Kristallnacht was all about war, retribution and hatred, Desolation Triumphalis seems to be more introverted and contemplative. Simply put, you could say that this is a slower version of “Warspirit” without the NS ideology.

“The Eternal Revolution” is the track with the most fast parts. Shatraug of Horna has written the music to this track, so that might explain the fast parts. Well, I think it’s nice to have a track that stands out a bit from the rest. Desolation Triumphalis also employ real violins on this album and they enhance the sorrowful atmosphere of the music. I was a bit sceptical to using violins in raw black metal but here it really works. Fans of Kristallnacht should check this out and so should everyone else into depressive black metal.