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The best step of musical evolution - 99%

larsen, February 4th, 2008

How strange it is to see the quantity of melodic black metal bands who change their musical orientation between the two first albums who are mostly the best ones of their careers before the coming downfall, result of their lack of inspiration and evolution to a more commercial and less interesting music full of "clich├ęs". Dornenreich is one of those excellent bands who unfortunately changed too much after the release of two incredible cds, but I prefer remember their highlights, that's why I review this cd and not the next one. They are one of those numerous bands who played a good melodic black metal stuff for their beginning and who wanted to express something else through the second album without betraying the roots. This is the reason why their second album is the best one.

"Bitter ist's dem Tod zu dienen" could be considered as being a real masterpiece. They showed their whole musical potential through this album that combines symphonic black metal and acoustic oriented parts. This is nothing really original due to the fact that a lot of bands play such a kind of music. However, the way Dornenreich is playing this combination is apart and make them sound original without being "weird". This cd just proofs that it's not impossible to express strong emotions, true power and originality by playing a kind of music often known as being commercial. The overture of the album "N├Ąchtlich liebend" is in my opinion even one of the best Symphonic tracks that was ever composed. This song might be catchy, but at the same time full of inventive melodies.

It's rare to mix so perfectly power and emotions. As well the harsh vocals as the clean ones are well done. It's the same with the intense drum play. The keys really create something special and are not just present to overflow the bad guitars. At the opposite, they are in harmony with the guitar melodies which variations are notable too. You can also hear folk elements and acoustic parts that proof the ability of this Austrian band to play a very various music. There is nothing extremely bad here, although the two acoustic tracks are not as good as the rest of the album, but nobody obliges you to listen them. So, if you seek for a real excellent symphonic black metal album that offers something different than just two crappy keyboard melodies hiding the bad play of the others untalented musicians, this masterpiece is for you.