Finding a striking balance between blasting sonic blasphemy, catchy melodious offerings, and serene calm, Der Rote Milan create an overall gripping sound. Before you know it you are completely captivated by Moritat and its six excellently crafted and executed tracks. Each of the six offerings that you will find here are unique and compelling, and as lengthy as the majority of the tracks here can be they never over stay their welcome or feel as though they are drawn out. Moritatas a whole has an innate ability to draw you in with its leathery hand never to let you leave until the last gnarled note has called through the blackened abyss.
Moritat is a very diverse and varied record as Der Rote Milan forever twist its tracks in to new and different directions with each passing minute. Never once will you hear the same thing as Der Rote Milan seamlessly transition between one unique sound after another and back again without so much as skipping a beat. One minute will be filled with blasphemous traditional black metal cynicism and the next you are being enveloped in an other worldly fog filled atmosphere. Sprinkled in to the mix are near serene and calm moments that break both the spell of the atmosphere and the otherwise punishing traditional black metal. Der Rote Milan sew each of these components and more together to create a mesmerizing and ever entrancing sound.
Among the great musicianship and the wonderfully dark ambiance and atmosphere is a story based off of the events of the Thirty Years’ War. Not only does Der Rote Milan capture your attention with their superb musicianship, but with their great story telling as they unfold stories from a period in time that was one of the most destructive periods in human history. Overall, with their potent blackened assault that is interspersed with a poisonous atmosphere and with their wicked lyrics depicting the violent atrocities of the Thirty Years’ War, these blasphemers unleash a truly wicked and venomous sonic assault.
Moritat is a excellently crafted offering, one that features six great tracks one right after another. This is a complete and cohesive record from beginning to end and with each passing minute you become more and more gripped and engrossed in this release. This is outstanding black metal and an outstanding record overall as Der Rote Milan provide you with a record that surely should not be passed over. This will surely stand as one of the better black metal releases to come out next year.
Moritat will be released February 1, 2019 through Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork.