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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review: Nachtlieder - The Female Of The Species


Another black metal band, another album review. Lately I have been immersed in black metal a lot for various reasons, and have gotten this album to review. As with every black metal album ever my expectations were considerably mediocre, because like with every metal genre older than 10-15 years the variety almost disappears and you only get some variety in lyrics and some odd instrument here and there.

Nachtlieder did make me question my presumed quality of modern black metal bands. The first track begins as expected, a very fast riff followed with blast beats and continues the tempo over the rest of the song. The second song continues in the light of the first song with fast riffs, term picking and blasts, while the third song shows some diversity. The song starts off slowly with some dissonance in the guitars, and after some time jumps to blast beats, at the midway part of the third song there is again a change of tempo, a slower more orchestral part of the song which is very commendable.

One of the things that shocked me is that the instruments were of the absolute quality. Even the bass can be heard clearly (using headphones it can be heard the best). The drum sound is great, and it is put in the mix superbly, the bass drum is heard on every strike during the blast beats. The drum triggers on the bass drum are not set to insane sensitivity and that is also great, as it is not as clicky as more and more triggering tends to sound like today. The guitars have a decent amount of compression, they maybe need a little bit more compression for my taste but that is just me. Despite the compression the guitars have clarity and the individual notes played are heard.

All in all Nachtlieder did a great job on this album and showed a considerable amount of professionalism on it. I give this album 9/10

Written by Nikola Milošević

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