Hailing from Germany is Carthaun. Starting in the year 2000, Staub und Schatten the fourth release by these black metal masterminds. Carthaun plays in the vein of traditional black metal, and the style that they play is entirely aggressive and completely accosting. Each song is played with the utmost intensity and attacks you from all angles. Staub und Schatten knocks you off balance and catches you off guard with the crafty song writing and the blasphemous style of play.
After the atmospheric intro all bets are off and Carthaun takes off like a demon spawned from hell that was waiting to escape. Each song is a blistering blackened force to be reckoned with and is played at face ripping speeds for the majority of the release. There are parts in which Carthaun slows their style of play down and allows a more atmospheric sound seep through.
And at the end of each song you get a little bit more of the atmosphere as well as some acoustic play that only adds to the mystique of the album. You get drawn into this release because of the purely blistering black metal, but you end up staying because of the stories that Carthaun tells.
There isn’t a moment in this album that you want to skip or feel like you’ve heard before. Staub und Schatten is original and unique and never recycles sounds. The nine songs present suck you in and keep you listening for the entirety of the album. Whether you want to take a break or not, you can’t peel your ears away from the blasphemous noises that are polluting your mind.
Carthaun keeps their sound old school and never strays from that path. This record sounds as though it belongs in the nineties. It is raw, pure and unfiltered and packs a punch that hits you square in the jaw knocking you backwards, and once you are down it keeps pummeling you. This is traditional black metal and these German heathens never waver from that path.
Keeping their metal true, they come at you with blitzkrieg like riffs, solid writhing drumming, a thick and unkempt bass, and vocals that rip and tear at the throat. More than that, Carthaun tells gripping stories with each one of their songs that come from great literary poets. They channel their works through their music and create something that is unique and completely interesting.
This album keeps your attention for the entire run time as it provides you with great stories, ripping music and atmosphere that is undeniable. The production is great, the song craft and the way that they are presented is spot on and the musicianship is amazing. This album is for any traditional black metal fan as well as any heavy metal fan. You can’t go wrong with this record.