Finsterforst – Rastlos

With an epic in scope aura seemingly sculpted from the Viking years of a battletorn Bathory, Germany’s Finsterforst got my attention with this very open and vibrant sounding release. Rastlos feels as spacious and mighty as the cover art would depict, allowing the listener to place him/herself atop a cliff staring down upon the mist laden valley below. I love it when music can remove my brain from this reality and unleash my thoughts into woodsier environs, and Finsterforst effortlessly achieve this with song structures that allow a lot of room for simplistic melodies, synth work and choir accompaniment to soar above other folk inspired and often mundane bands often found polluting this genre. The obvious Bathory influence is going to get me every time, but Finsterforst add so much more of their own identity to the mix that it feels like even though they may still nurture the influence, they are working hard at outgrowing it. Rastlos maintains a definite black metal foundation, for burning guitars and excellent harsh vocals are the main style on display, but Finsterforst’s delivery maintains a very inviting slow to mid-pace push, allowing traditional/acoustic instruments (flute, a horn section, and accordion all make an appearance here) and the aforementioned synth lines to wash over the guitars and provide a warm early autumn atmosphere. When the pitch singing comes in, it feels even more mighty and never out of place. You can hear the bass guitar, which is such an often overlooked element when it comes to all extreme metal genres. The Bass somehow adds so much more depth when you can hear distinct lines that stand out from the main riff.
Finsterforst have really impressed me with Rastlos, for they are clearly excellent songwriters that know how to take both folk and black metal elements, many of which we’ve all heard before on many occasions, and turn these building blocks into something special/vibrant to its core. What a nice surprise. -Marty
Napalm Records

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~ by martyworm on October 16, 2012.

One Response to “Finsterforst – Rastlos”

  1. […] Finsterforst – Rastlos (Napalm Records) Having never heard of this band before, Rastlos, Finsterforst’s 3rd full-length […]

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