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“Fierce” and “frigid” are by-words of Nordic black metal, and in their debut album Wintergedanken the German black metal duo Tyakrah have embraced the cold and unforgiving white-outs of winter in forested and craggy northern climes. But their music is also solemn, and also glorious — achieving the kind of reverent and soaring spirit that justifies that well-worn term “epic”.

 

Wintergedanken will be co-released by the Russian label Satanath Records and the U.S. label Slaughterhouse Records on October 21. It consists of four songs interspersed with three instrumental pieces that begin, end, and divide the album in the middle. Today we present the first track that appears after the opening instrumental, a song called “Gefrorne Tränen“.

 

 

In a genre that is so often thought of as harsh and heartless, the lead guitar performances that appear and reappear throughout this song peal, echo, swirl, and soar in displays of inspiring and even breathtaking beauty, sometimes as gleaming and crystalline as ice and sometimes a blaze of incandescence. Yet, their appeal is made even more dramatic and powerful by the abrasiveness and wintry bleakness of the music and the voices that provide the setting for them.

 

Slow, stalking, and chilling at first, the drumming and the anchoring riffs become hard-punching, though still cold, and the vocalist’s venomous rasps and snarls manifest the ferocity of mountain wolves. More than once, a different (and addictive) thumping drum drive provides the foundation for those wonderful displays of guitar soloing, as do raking riffs and long, grand chords. As mentioned, there is also reverence in the music, a solemnity and grimness reflected in part by the appearance of somber clean vocals.

 

I would think it’s impossible not to be moved by this multifaceted song. It has stayed with me, and has become a kind of refuge as well.

 

 

 

Wintergedanken is a due on October 21. Ordering information can be found through the following links. And lest you think “Gefrorne Tränen” is a fluke, I’ve also included a stream of the previously released title track, which is also amazing.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/09/26/an-ncs-premiere-tyakrah-gefrorne-tranen/

 

In its most pure form, black metal is cold, the musical equivalent to winter. It is fitting, then, that Tyakrah have titled their new song “Fährten im Schnee.” Translated into English from German, it reads “tracks in the snow.” On “Fährten im Schnee,” Tyakrah pull from a variety of tempos and influences, going from blast beat-powered segments to slower sections that incorporate dissonant melodies and half-spoken half-sung lyrics.

 

The variety gives “Fährten im Schnee” the feeling of a complete story told over the course of seven-and-a-half minutes.

 

https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2017/10/12/track-premiere-tyakrah-fahrten-im-schnee/

 

In Kooperation mit Slaughterhouse Records veröffentlichte das russische Label Satanath Records am 21. Oktober dieses unauffällig erscheinende Debüt-Album des noch jungen Duos TYAKRAH aus Münster, Deutschland. Die beiden Protagonisten J.R. (Gesang, Schlagwerk, Texte) und I.XII (Gitarren, Tasten, Bass) gründeten ihr Projekt im Jahr 2016 mit dem Vorhaben atmosphärischen und intensiven Black Metal zu spielen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etwas woran sich schon etliche andere versucht haben, die meisten jedoch dran scheiterten und die Essenz des Black Metal doch eher meist nur ankratzen und eher Genre fremde Klänge einfließen lassen. Doch wie verhält es sich im Fall des Erstlings der beiden Münsteraner? TYAKRAH machen nach dem der instrumentale Einklang "Auf kalten Wegen" mit seinem eindringlichen und melancholischen Klavierspiel verklungen ist, gleich deutlich, um was es ihnen hier geht. "Gefrorne Tränen" beginnt direkt mit einem sehr getragenem Stil, der voller epischer Sphären und gleichzeitiger Eiseskälte steckt. Für die andachtsvolle Reise durch melancholische Winterlandschaften sorgt dabei das erhabene Schlagwerk, welches nach dem einleitenden Part eine treibende Kraft bekommt und im Endpart gar noch einen, wenn auch kurzen, brachialen Solo-Einsatz erhält. Für die epischen Passagen zeichnet hingegen die sehr melodische Gitarre verantwortlich, die einen langgestreckten Solo-Part nach dem nächsten raushaut. Dazu passend auch der Klargesang in der letzten Hälfte. Einfach grandios und mehr als nur eine runde Sache. Man merkt bereits, dass mich das Album mit seiner Magie bereits fest in seinem Griff hat. Doch erst einmal weiter. "Wintergedanken" wäre wahrlich nicht das erste Werk, welches seine Magie bereits nach einem Song versprüht hätte und anschließend nur noch vor sich hin dümpelt. Doch beim darauf folgenden Titel gebenden Lied wird man schnell gewahr, dass diese Befürchtungen absolut unnötig sind. Dabei zeigt sich "Wintergedanken" etwas schleppender und düsterer als der Vorgänger, bis er dann zur Mitte hin noch einmal ordentlich Fahrt aufnimmt und Zähne zeigt. Ein eisiger Wirbelsturm aus düsteren Gedankenströmen und tiefer Verlorenheit. Hier finden sich im letzten Teil des Stückes auch ambiente Anklänge, gefolgt von einem erneuten Black Metal-Part mit einem tiefen Klargesang. Nach dem ambienten Zwischenspiel "Eisige Andacht" samt Glocken und Chören sowie erhabenem Klargesang aus jenseitigen Sphären geht es auch gleich weiter mit "Fährten im Schnee", dem persönlichen Favoriten der Band, wie es auf ihrer Visagenbuch-Seite vermerkt ist. Und beim hören, wird einem auch relativ schnell klar werden, warum das so ist. Es ist vielleicht der schnellste Beitrag des Albums, die Drums peitschen Sturmes gleich nach vorne, die Gitarren zeigen sich auch hier wieder sehr episch und erhaben. Zur Mitte hin wird dann die Geschwindigkeit gedrosselt, ein Klargesang setzt ein, dann ein Gitarrensolo, bis es dann in einen rhythmischen Midtempo-Black Metal weitergeht, bei dem sich der Gesang mal sehr grimmig zeigt. Das letzte Viertel ist dann rein instrumental gehalten und man darf einfach nur das perfekte Zusammenspiel zwischen Gitarren und Schlagzeug bewundern. "Erstarrende Nacht" schlägt in die gleiche Kerbe, es verhält sich bei dem Album also eher so, dass nach hinten hin sogar noch richtig drauf gelegt wird. Der Song hat eine gewisse Brachialgewalt, ist dabei aber gleichzeitig sehr machtvoll und erhaben, wie man es auf diesem Album erwarten darf. Auch lassen sich hier einige Parallelen zu anderen deutschen Kapellen wie RIMRUNA oder DRENGSKAPUR finden, als direkter Vergleich fallen mir auch die Österreicher HĀG ein, die jüngst ebenfalls mit ihrem Debüt glänzen konnten. Mit "Ende des Weges" findet das Werk dann einen würdigen Abschluss in Form eines sehr atmosphärischen Dark Ambient-Stückes mit Klavier, düsteren Chören und Samples.

 

Fazit:

Ein Album wie ein kalter, eisiger Sturm in einer kargen schneebedeckten Winterlandschaft. Die perfekte Symbiose zwischen traumhaften und epischen Atmosphären und grimmiger Finsternis. "Wintergedanken" klingt für ein Debüt-Album bereits sehr ausgereift und ich bin daher sehr gespannt, wie sich TYAKRAH in Zukunft noch entwickeln werden. Ja, es ist vielleicht nicht gerade neu, was hier geboten wird, doch bemüht man sich redlich um einen individuellen Klang und tut dies mit derlei viel emotionaler und spielerischer Hingabe, dass man sich vor den Herren nur verbeugen kann. Auch Leuten, für die es nach BURZUM's "Filosofem" kein gutes Black Metal-Album mehr gegeben hat, empfehle ich dringend eine Hörprobe! Die CD im Vinyl-look kommt im Jewelcase mit OBI und 8-seitigem Beiheft. Für Interessenten aus Deutschland empfiehlt sich der direkte Kontakt zur Band zwecks einer Bestellung.

 

Grim, Dark & Epic Atmospheric Black Metal. Ein Album, welches die Winterszeit vertont wie lange kein anderes mehr. Total Support!

 

https://unholyblackartofritual.blogspot.ru/2017/10/tyakrah-wintergedanken-cd-satanath.html

 

When black metal is put into perspective, the genre of the metal genre is always well displayed. In the case of Tyakrah's debut album "Wintergedanken", it's a mash-up of black metal met with some elements of depressive black metal, with some stunning melodic working's, to that of atmospheric proportions. With that said, the album as a wholesome truths, is quite impressive, with a solid craft, yet cunning premise. The instrumental work with vocalization throughout, is well played, each doing their share of material angst, like the guitar work, really shows up at points, within not just the melodic pointers, but within the writing aspect as well. A lot of work put into just the guitar portions alone, it makes up for the rest of the material quite well. In other words, the writing in the instrumental side of the album is really thought out, whilst the vocalization keeps you interested, yet on your toes with glee. It's an album that has such glace, it has an aspect of something more thrown into it, for instance, influence taken from not just black metal and depressive black metal, but even some rock/metal influences can be heard, within the guitar work, the leads, solos, with some slight vocal work too. Mixing things up just makes the album that is "Wintergedanken" a more interesting yet solid piece of craft of work. Surely Tyakrah's best debut releases by far, if not perhaps best to date, it is at least a start for them.

 

http://www.nataliezworld.com/2018/01/tyakrah-wintergedanken.html

 

 

Aus Münster erreicht uns diesmal eine junge Band, die erst 2016 gegründet wurde. Ein Jahr später erscheint nun das Debüt WINTERGEDANKEN. Die beiden Musiker von TYAKRAH vertonen die kalte, trostlose Jahreszeit recht angenehm. Vier epische Metal Songs, die grundsätzlich Black Metal zur Basis haben.

Aber auch Doom und Post Metal finden sich immer wieder in den anspruchsvollen, abwechslungsreichen Liedern.

Meist spielen die Stücke im Mid-Tempo Bereich, mit dezent gesetzten, kurzen Blast Beat Attacken. Melodien haben einen großen Stellenwert, Keyboards sind nur selten zu hören. Gesanglich orientiert man sich klar am Black Metal. Typisches Gekrächze alter Schule. Einige wenige Passagen kommen als klarer Sprechgesang daher, der mir leider missfällt. Ich kann mir ein Grinsen nicht immer verkneifen. Hin und wieder klingt es doch sehr komisch, die Art und Weise wie die Worte ausgesprochen und betont werden.

 

Musikalisch gibt es aber absolut keinen Grund zur Kritik. Sehr deutlich wird das bei ERSTARRENDE NACHT. Eine perfekte Mischung aus Epic, Doom und Black Metal, der mit schönen, traurigen Melodien punktet, der meist mit Vollgas aus den Boxen ballert und einfach nur Spaß macht.

Zu den eigentlichen vier Songs gesellen sich noch drei instrumentale Stücke, welche die Songs auf harmonische Weise verbinden. Das Outro POSTLUDIUM – ENDE DES WEGES geht sogar als Dark Ambient Stück durch.

Ein überraschendes Debüt, an dem Fans von Bands wie “Enslaved” durchaus Gefallen finden werden. Wenn die beiden Jungs so weiter machen und etwas am klaren Gesang arbeiten, werden sie auch mich vollends überzeugen können.

 

https://www.hellfire-magazin.de/tyakrah-wintergedanken/

 

 

2017 foi um ano especialmente rico. Não fossem as nossas limitações e conseguíriamos apanhá-lo todo antes desta edição de Janeiro mas infelizmente, nem que tivessemos um exército de colabores conseguiríamos. E, felizmente porque apesar de tudo, não somos máquinas e precisamos de nos sentirmos motivados, também foi rico em termos de boas propostas e, principalmente, boas estreias, como a apresentada pelo duo Tyakrah. Sem ser deslumbrante ou original, o seu álbum de estreia consegue cativar-nos graças a um elemento melódico e melancólico muito bem explorado. Com melhores condições estes temas poderiam ter um impacto ainda maior - mesmo sem deslumbrar ou serem originais - mas se desta forma crua, o resultado é este, é algo que nos dá que pensar. Boa estreia, bom trabalho, nomeadamente de guitarra lead (particularmente inspirada). Queremos ouvir mais.

 

http://worldofmetalmag.com

 

 

Wintergedanken is one of those albums that serves a specific purpose. It exists to bring you into a certain headspace, one of hypnotic cold contemplation. As the initial release of German duo Tyakrah, Wintergedanken serves to thrust them onto the overlap between the atmospheric and depressive black metal scenes. They quickly prove they belong, but they also handily stay in their lane, so to speak. That is to say that the duo does a nice job of depressed atmospheric black metal that doesn’t push beyond that field. They set out to make a certain type of album and they do so successfully, without shaking anything up.

 

Made up of I.XII (guitars, keyboards, and bass) and J.R. (vocals, drums, and lyrics), Tyakrah bring the listener into a land of sad beauty. There is much to love, but little to enjoy. Imagine a soft snowfall covering the corpses littering a battlefield at the end of an epic struggle and you’ll have some sense of the esprit of the album. Though Wintergedanken doesn’t stand out as an exceptional new piece of metal, it is a solid entry into the ranks of the more atmospheric side of black metal, and one worth having if that is your interest.

 

https://www.moshpitnation.com/tyakrah-wintergedanken/

 

 

We all know how unforgiving black metal can be. Whether we’re talking it’s uncompromising belief that the only way to reach the listener’s core is to blast and shred away at it with a ferocious sonic assault, or the no-excuses stance that “you’re with us, or you’re against us”. It would explain why so many black metal bands, namely those who peddle a more modern take, are shunned by the elder statesmen (and the keyboard gremlins when they venture forth from the dark). Whether the latter attitude plays on the minds of any new act as they prepare a new release, is definitely up for debate. Enter, TYAKRAH.

 

Hailing from Germany, this duo has existed since 2016, so have wasted no time at all in producing a debut full length in the chilling “Wintergedanken”. What’s delightfully apparent is the care given to the production: clear, precise and with just a pinch of rawness about the edges that nods to the genre’s scratchy origins. The and again, bands opt for the latter in a worrying shift to style over substance. TYAKRAH, opt for the former.

 

From the opening prelude – the aptly-titled “Praeludium – Auf Kalten Wegen” – it’s clear that the band have eyes firmly on the grandiose. Lush orchestrations compliment an icy barrage of arpeggiated riffs, fiery tremolo and powerhouse drumming – it sounds every bit the soundtrack to the oncoming winter. From the outset of the album’s true curtain-raiser, “Geforne Tränen” grinds along like a trudge through a worsening blizzard, with a keen eye for songwriting and atmosphere very much demonstrable. It’s encouraging to see newer bands taking into consideration the slower elements to black metal, rather than lumping straight for the tremolo riffs and shrieking. It’s the little shot in the arm that the genre needs every now and again.

 

This attention to songwriting is present throughout and none more so than on album highlight “Fährten Im Schnee”. Drawing on the cold climate to build a slow-burning and atmospheric cut of black metal, it journeys through dissonant chords and snowy woods to terrific effect. Its Arctic, harsh focus proudly presents the track as TYAKRAH at their absolute best – a howl atop the mountain top.

 

There’s even time for brief spoken word passages from vocalist JR, which adds an eerie if slightly odd turn to proceedings. Odd in the sense that it doesn’t seem to add much in the way of drama to the flow of tracks – it’s just there, really. The three instrumental tracks, whilst a delight to listen to, could perhaps have been swapped for an additional black metal blast as there’s only really four on offer here. Arguably a bit short-changing for a full-length…

 

Nevertheless, “Wintergedanken” is an enjoyable listen and TYAKRAH can dutifully pat themselves on the back for a job well done. It’s laser-focused songwriting and strong production makes for a hell of a listen, whilst some of the playing on display is phenomenal (some of I.XII’s guitar work is sublime, especially the melodic lead parts). Some would argue that there’s not a whole lot new on offer, but sometimes that’s not what you need. Sometimes you need a nice, refreshing blast of cold to blow away the cobwebs. Take a trip to Germany and enjoy.

 

http://www.theindependentvoice.org/2017/12/02/tyakrah-wintergedanken/

 

 

Любопытный релиз, выдержанный в атмосферном и мелодичном ключе. Прогуливаясь по данному зимнему саду обнаруживаешь в музыке изобилие вдумчивых гитарных соло (что для последней волны лесного блэка редкость), сочный вокал (как экстрим, так и загробный клин) и немецкоязычную лирику. Депрессивный материал в первую очередь для ценителей жанра.

 

https://vk.com/wall-137719512_1880

 

 

A German band called Tyakrah presents us Wintergedanken. What can be said? SOLID! Doom/black metal written, played and recorded with mastership. Slow melancholic songs with enough rhythm changes as for keeping you attentive, with a few occasional speed bursts or even blast beats. The vocals sound mainly shrieking with a few “clean” voices put there at the right moments. The sound (specially on drums) has just the right amount of rawness, making the album sound organic and powerful at the same time. You can even find an interlude and a creepy outro that let you “breathe”. Not a single weak aspect.

 

https://ciklonizacija.blogspot.ru/2017/12/kombo32.html

 

 

Let's have some frosty thoughts about winter along with the German Black Metal duo of TYAKRAH. Their debut release counts 7 songs that have a total playing time of 37:24. The members are enigmatically named as J.R. (vocals, drums, lyrics) and I.XII (guitars, synths, bass). The soundscapes they've managed to achieve are all about the coldness of the winter ambience. They've elegantly crystallized the winter nature in sounds and enwrapped it with the grimmest atmospheres possible. The keyboard parts here and there worn an ethereal character, thus those moments are something really astonishing to listen to and experience. The guitar harmonies are pretty relaxing most of the time even if the drums storm with fast blast-beats or double-bass assaults over them. By the way, you can find there lots of folk vibe as well as parts reminiscent to depressive Black Metal bands. The booklet was filled by the noteworthy paintings of Thomas Moran. I've counted 9 in total. Each of his work was superbly-designed with a well-thought-out idea. This release is pretty good for meditation, so I would definitely recommend it for fans of ambient, but I am sure that fans of orthodox Black Metal will like it as well.

 

http://castrum.com.ua/encomium/5albums3.htm

 

 

I’ve already mentioned German epic BM duo Tyakrah on these pages; this is only to serve as a reminder to seek out their debut album ‘Wintergedanken’ if you haven’t as yet. Last time I said it was “…a wonderful and chilling ode to the cold season. Solid compositions with some seriously great raw melodic leads, interspersed with moving atmospheric and ambient passages” and my opinion hasn’t changed; this is probably ever-so-slightly more rough than the average Epic BM fan will be used to, but the use of melody and guitar work is far above the average.

 

Refreshingly, tracks like ‘Geforne Tränen’ and ‘Fährten im Schnee’ forge a great wintry atmosphere without the use of overdone synths or minutes of drawn-out wind noises throughout, almost solely creating the mood through the guitars, drums and vocals (although there are still the great aforementioned ambient/melodic interludes included). Highly recommended, and keep an eye out for the fantastic ‘Erstarrende Nacht’, it’s an absolute stormer. Can’t wait to see what these guys do next.

 

 

 

 

https://blackmetaldaily.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/satanath-records-grimm-distribution-label-spotlight/

 

 

Tyakrah are a German black metal band and this is their debut album.

 

Tyakrah offer up 37 minutes of black metal. Their musical vision is raw and harsh, but not without its atmospheric moments. Melodic and depressive aspects of the blackened style can be heard in this epic music too.

 

Wintergedanken is imbued with the chill of the mountains and a bleak, wintry core. With music that feels as cold as the album album cover looks, this is a collection of songs that can freeze the listener on sight.

 

Tyakrah have created a multifaceted beast here. They successfully merge the Cascadian atmospheric style with the Norwegian traditional one, mixing in a decent amount of depressive black metal as they do this. Unusually though, the band also manage to incorporate a classic rock/metal feel to parts of the writing, which mainly manifests in the lead guitar work.

 

This is an aspect of the songs on Wintergedanken that I particularly enjoy. The classic rock/metal influence in the leads and solos adds a certain something special to the frozen music; splashes of colour across the largely dark, icy delivery. Keyboards and piano add occasional highlights here and there, but it’s these lead guitar parts that are the stars of the show in many ways. Whether they consist of blistering solos or engaging melodies, the band’s guitarist clearly knows his way around a fretboard.

 

An enjoyable and satisfying slab of chiefly icy black metal, replete with some unexpected depressive moments and red-hot solos.

 

https://wonderboxmetal.com/2017/11/28/tyakrah-wintergedanken-review/

 

 

Tyakrah are a black metal duo formed in the year 2016. They hail from the country of Germany, a place where many of the premier black metal acts preside. Wintergedanken is Tyakrah's first release. As far as first releases go, Tyakrah have absolutely blown me away with Wintergedanken.

 

Wintergedanken starts off with the calm, sorrowful piano piece "Auf kalten Wegen". This prelude sets the tone for the album; a cold, melancholic, nostalgic walk through the winter forest. What follows is the slow paced, sorrow-driven "Gefrorne Tränen", the first track that to me, really captures the essence of the winter season. It's a melancholic glimpse into what we feel as we look out the window on a gray, snowy winters day. The guitars shriek and howl, like a wolf lost in the forest. The drums provide a steady rhythm, almost like a clock on it's never-ending march of time. This track sets an impressive precedent for the rest album, which I can gladly say is followed up by more beautiful tracks that paint stunning imagery for your mind and soul.

 

The title track "Wintergedanken" is a more unforgiving, fast-paced impression of winter. This track is more frantic than the previous, perhaps the sonic equivalent of a snowstorm. The vocals featured on this album are harsh, raspy and hoarse. It's almost as if old man winter decided to record vocals for this album. It definitely fits the atmosphere that comes with this album. While winter may be beautiful in most ways, in some ways it is a harsh mistress. Wintergedanken does a terrific job of displaying both sides of the spectrum. You'll be engrossed in the more nostalgic aspect of this album, but also drawn in by the grim and dark undertones Wintergedanken provides. I must say, the keyboards on this album are also paramount in providing the grim, frostbitten atmosphere. I feel cold just recalling the sounds of this release.

 

The interlude "Eisige Andacht" is the eye of the storm in Wintergedanken. It provides a calm, but albeit, brief break from the winter chill before sending you off into the blizzard of black metal yet again. The bells and choir section on this track really pound the whole "winter vibe" into your head. It's a beautiful interlude that you will not want to skip over. I can't help but feel sorrowful and nostalgic while listening to this, but I'm not even sure what I'm nostalgic about.

 

"Fährten im Schnee" is what follows after the interlude, and to me this is the track that really displays what this German duo is really capable of. Everything comes together so well on this track. The guitars are beautifully spliced together, providing awesome melody, and the howling guitar solos will send a chill down your spine. The guitar riff is also incredibly catchy, it is stuck in my head as I write this. The drums are played with master precision. They are an overwhelming presence, but not so overwhelming that it takes over the other sounds. This track also really reminds me of Lunar Aurora, another German band that I fell in love with almost 3 years ago.

 

"Erstarrende Nacht" is perhaps the most relentless, fast-paced track on the album. The drums are pounded and played with an intense power. The howling guitar is ever-present on this track too, like the whistling winds. This is probably my least favourite track on the album, simply because it just isn't as good as the others. It is still a good track nonetheless. "Ende des Weges" finishes the journey, similar to the way we started. A beautiful, almost crystalline piano piece, with some sharp, frightening moments being a ever-present reminder that you are never out of the storm.

 

Wintergedanken is an absolutely impressive first effort from Tyakrah. I was engrossed in this album from start to finish. I can safely say that this is perhaps one of the best releases of 2017. Hail Tyakrah!

 

https://www.metalmaelstrom.com/single-post/2017/11/27/Album-Review-Tyakrah---Wintergedanken

 

 

Ah, the diversity of Metal! The beauty of the many subgenres and creativity of Metal musicians. If you come to think of it, Black Metal was in the beginning synonym of awful musicians and depicable music. I confess I avoided Black Metal for a long time. In my time, that was the truth. The music was raw, poorly played, and aggressive beyond the limits that made it inaudible. It’s been a while this isn’t certainly the truth. Musicians, bands, and the music evolved in a way that can’t be explained with words. Black Metal, and extreme music are now the avant-garde of Metal music. So it’s such a pleasure to hear a band like Tyakrah.

 

I can’t hold myself to say that this “Wintergedanken” is a masterpiece. The most amazing thing is how Tyakrah deal with dissonances. The talent and skill of guitarist I.XII are remarkable. Most modern Black Metal guitarists are using high tuned guitars to build their leading phrases, and forget to add some aggression to their instruments by also using full powerchords. That’s not the issue with I.XII. The guy also construct his riffs with powerchords and full chords. Not to mention the leading phrases every now and then he plays. And above all, the correct use of orchestral instruments. I say that because the intent in using orchestras, in Black Metal music, is to give a sick, twisted, or sometimes some perverted beauty to songs. They are never intended to be boring. Tyakrah were able to avoid all that building an album that pleases. Yeah, that’s absolutely right, “Wintergedanken” pleases the fan.

 

The piano arrangement to “Praeludium – Auf kalten Wegen” is absolutely beautiful. It makes a perfect bridge to next song, “Gefrorne Tränen,” whose guitars phrases embellish all the song giving the right dose of emotion. The desperate and strong vocals do all the magic to mantain the Black Metal intent. The only problem with “Gefrorne Tränen” is that the mixing cut the end right in a guitar phrase.

 

Maybe some old shool Black Metal despise efforts like Tyakrah’s “Wintergedanken.” Just maybe, because its magnificent quality may conquer all haters. Ah, and “Wintergedanken” is only the debut album of this sick duo. Let’s wonder how the forthcoming efforts will be. I’m crossing my fingers to more Tyakrah. “Wintergedanken” goes right to my personal favorites.

 

http://www.metaladdicts.com/site/tyakrah-wintergedanken/

 

 

I Tyakrah provengono da Münster, città natale anche degli ottimi Helrunar, e come loro sono un duo, composto dai misteriosi J.R. e I.XII.

 

Mai come in questo caso l’artwork ci fornisce un’indizio riferito a quanto ci dobbiamo attendere: l’aspro scenario invernale, infatti, viene trasposto in musica con grande cura e fedeltà, offrendo un’interpretazione del black metal tutto sommato neppure troppo convenzionale e decisamente più aperto a sonorità nordamericane rispetto alle abitudini delle band tedesche.

Così, oltre alla solennità e al glaciale rigore che caratterizzano le uscite black metal in terra germanica, rinveniamo anche quel senso di inquietudine e malinconia che non viene confinato solo alle tre tracce strumentali (Praeludium, Interludium e Postludium) ma trova un suo sfogo nelle notevoli e frequenti incursioni di chitarra solista di I.XII, il quale non si limita al solo tremolo come gran parte dei suoi colleghi ma si lascia andare lunghe ed efficaci progressioni dal tocco più morbido e diluito.

Wintergedanken (anche il titolo dice molto sullo spirito che aleggia sul lavoro) è a suo modo anomalo, in quanto disco non di facilissimo ascolto nonostante una propensione melodica piuttosto spiccata, nel senso che le partiture non appaiono mai banali ma frutto di una ricerca sonora da non sottovalutare: il risultato sono quattro brani di lunghezza media sui sette minuti dotati di una buona profondità e, soprattutto, molto focalizzati sul lato emotivo del sound.

Forse proprio l’utilizzo corposo della chitarra solista potrebbe non essere una buona notizia per i puristi del genere, ma lo è invece per chi vuole provare qualche brivido che non sia provocato solo dalle basse temperature evocate dalla copertina: a tale proposito è interessante notare come l’unico essere vivente, un cervo, sia raffigurato in una dimensione minuscola, quasi a voler rimarcare come tutte le forme di vita (uomo incluso) siano insignificanti di fronte alla maestosità della natura. Non so se effettivamente questo corrisponda all’intento dei Tyakrah, ma mi piace pensare che sia così, anche perché il sound della band tedesca si confà perfettamente a questo tipo di sentire.

 

http://metaleyes.iyezine.com/tyakrah-wintergedanken/

 

 

The winters where I live are fairly unpredictable. For a few days in could be freezing cold then later on in the week it can warm up enough to see people wearing shorts. Yeah it's different from what most others are use to but we like it. Kinda like this debut album from TYAKRAH. This is a German duo who do push pass the edges of the black metal template. On here these Germans produce seven icy cuts which basically consists of four proper songs with three instrumental pieces that are blended in the opening, closing and in the very middle.

 

As far as the instrumentals go the opener has a classical elegance about it. The middle one has a more traditional pagan/folk feel from it. While the closing instro is a chilling nightmare. Song wise TYAKRAH throw more twists at ya then twisting mountain road. Early in "Gefrorne Tranen" the sound is atmospheric black metal which turns into straight up rock with raspy vocals and plenty of lead guitar theatrics. There's also some folksy spoken word parts.

 

The other cuts follow suit with the guitar lead work taking the forefront. This is definitely something different, at least for me, in black metal circles. Overall the songs stay in that atmospheric BM vein. Personally it's not my cup of grim but worthy for anyone else who wants to venture beyond the horizon for their black metal.

 

https://scumfeastzineblog.blogspot.ru/2017/11/tyakrah-wintergedanken-review.html

 

 

More palatable by far comes Germany’s Tyakrah, who cross the more contemplative and introspective yet expansive feel of the “cascadian” and French Canadian movements with a more direct, very German black metal feel.

 

Think Belphegor gone epic and nature-focused and far less pointedly blasphemous, or a more aggressive and melodic, less depressive Empyrium), and you may get the general idea.

 

As the comparisons may imply, this isn’t what I’d consider exciting or top shelf black metal…but compared to the monthly truckloads of utter shit that get dumped on listeners of late under that overall banner, you can see how Tyakrah really stands out in the crowd, and in a positive way.

 

Take it for what it’s worth – may well be worth a spin to see if it grabs ya, if you’re sick of the subpar bullshit passing for black metal these days as well.

 

https://thirdeyecinema.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/a-terrifyingly-tryptophan-touched-turkey-day-roundup/

 

 

Tyakrah  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Wintergedanken"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Slaughterhouse  Records.

 

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

 

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  melodic  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  keyboards  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses a   brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

 

  Tyakrah  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  winter,  darkness,  and  death  themes.

 

  In  my  opinion  Tyakrah  are  a  very  great sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. 

 

http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.ru/2017/11/tyakrahwintergedankensatanath.html

 

 

Οι Τyakrah είναι μια σκοτεινή μπάντα από τη Γερμανία. Οι νεοσύστατοι black metallers, με το πενθιμο, αγνό αλλά κυρίως χειμωνιάτικο ύφος τους, μόλις ένα χρόνο μετά τη "γέννηση" τους κυκλοφορούν το ντεμπούτο τους, "Wintergedanken".

 Tyakrah - Wintergedanken

 

 

 

Με μια απαλή εισαγωγή από πιάνο, μπαίνουμε δειλά δειλά στο κλίμα του δίσκου. Η ατμόσφαιρα αμιγώς χειμωνιάτικη ξεδιπλώνει με τη μουσική μια μελαγχολία η οποία πηγάζει διάχυτη και στην πορεία του δίσκου.

Κομμάτια σαν το "Gerfrorne Tranen", ή το ομώνυμο " Wintergedanken", μπορεί ναι ακτακλίζονται από αργά, συνεχόμενα και ψυχρά riffs αλλά οι μελωδίες δεν είναι λίγες. Τα leads  παραπέμπουν σε αυτήν την μελαγχολία και τη νοσταλγία που προανέφερα, ενώ τα ξεσπάσματα των drums συνδυάζονται υπέροχα με τα καταθλιπτικά και πονεμένα φωνητικά.

Το ιντερλούδιο της συνέχειας σπάει αυτή τη θλίψη, προβάλλοντας ένα μυστήριο με μερικές καμπάνες και κάποιες παραδοσιακά κατευθυνόμενες μελωδίες στα synths. Μετά βέβαια από αυτή την τελετουργική κατεύθυνση, σε πιο grrove-άτες κατευθύνσεις έρχεται το "Fahrten Im Schnee" συνδυάζοντας την πολυπλοκότητα των τυμπάνων με τη σκοτεινή μονοτονία της κιθάρας και τα βασανισμένα growls.

 

Από την άλλη το "Erstarende Nacht" ακολουθεί πάλι τα πιο θλιβερά μονοπάτια με τον ήχο να γίνεται πιο μονολιθικός και παγωμένος, ενώ ο επίλογος έρχεται κι αυτός το ίδιο σκοτεινός και μυσταγωγικός με την ίδια αύρα, σαν αυτή της έναρξης.

 

Οι Γερμανοί black metallers με τον κρύο τους ήχο και το σκοτεινό τους περίβλημα μπορούν να δημιουργήσουν εικόνες. Δε φέρνουν κάτι επαναστατικό μέσω της μουσική τους, αλλά σίγουρα είναι συγκινητικό και ανατριχιαστικό το εγχείρημα τους. Όσοι δηλαδή θέλετε να νιώσετε το ψύχος του ακραίου metal  με πολλές μελωδίες, σπεύσατε να τους ακούσετε!

 

http://www.metalview.gr/2017/11/tyakrah-wintergedanken-album-review.html

 

 

Когда каждый день становится днём сурка, когда потоки информации и задач сбивают с ног, когда общение с окружающими по делу и без давит на виски, когда серые краски шумного бурлящего города сводят терпение и выдержку к нулю, когда каждый шаг, ведущий к людям равносилен подъёму мешка с кирпичами, когда телефон хочется разбить о стену, когда вместо обычного тона сквозь зубы прорывается шипение, когда закрываешь глаза и проваливаешься в пустоту, когда груз ответственности не скинешь, как якорь за борт и не убежишь от обязательств…

Тогда я, возомнив себя доктором, спешу дать рекомендации по приёму вполне действенного комплексного лекарства.

Recipe: Tyakrah – Wintergedanken (Зимние мысли) 2017, Epic Black Metal.

Da tales doses numero: Full-Length album 37:22

Signa: Принимать чрез наушники по траектории движения из точки А в точку Б либо на сон грядущий.

Препарат относится к седативным, с лёгким обезболивающим эффектом посредством охлаждения раздраженных рецепторов.

Tyakrah – немецкая группа, созданная в 2016 году двумя музыкантами. J.R. отвечает за вокал, ударные и тексты песен, I.XII – за гитары, синтезатор и басс.

Им хватило года, чтоб через нотный ряд нарисовать в мельчайших деталях длинный путь по заснеженному зимнему лесу со всеми эмоциями и чувствами, присущими холоду, рациональности и покою. Чудной красоты мелодии именно там где надо покрываются словами. J.R. то шипуче скримит, то поёт с налётом некой ритуальности, чистым вокалом, слегка отставая от общего темпа. И, даже не зная языка, кажется, что всё так кристально, прозрачно и понятно. И тревожные пики сглаживаются в плавные волны, несущие куда-то далеко, где сияют пушистые снежинки под иссякающими лучами заката.

Конечно же, есть и острые моменты жалящей тревоги и колючего стенания, а где-то даже и злости. Но это лишь эффекты раздумий и фантазий - они никак не нарушают целостность картины, а лишь добавляют полутонов, иначе не было бы объема.

По инструментальной части: гитарные соло то кричат вдали, то приближаются нос к носу, как игра в «холодно-горячо», то грозно порыкивают, то заискивающе подлизываются. Ритм-секция особых эмоций не вызывают, воспринимается, как само собой разумеющееся полотно для картины. А вот клавиши добавляют глубины и индивидуальности, раскатистости и полноты звука, они в данном случае являются изюминкой в кексе.

На здоровье

 

http://metalheads.by/review/tyakrah-wintergedanken.html

 

“Fierce” and “frigid” are by-words of Nordic black metal, and in their debut album Wintergedanken the German black metal duo Tyakrah embraced the cold and unforgiving white-outs of winter in forested and craggy northern climes. But their music is also solemn, and also glorious — achieving the kind of reverent and soaring spirit that justifies that well-worn term “epic”.

 

The album track “Gefrorne Tränen” is one that we premiered, and it’s one that I’ve remembered many months later. In a genre that is so often thought of as harsh and heartless, the lead guitar performances that appear and reappear throughout this song peal, echo, swirl, and soar in displays of inspiring and even breathtaking beauty, sometimes as gleaming and crystalline as ice and sometimes a blaze of incandescence. Yet, their appeal is made even more dramatic and powerful by the abrasiveness and wintry bleakness of the music and the voices that provide the setting for them.

 

I would think it’s impossible not to be moved by this multifaceted song. It has stayed with me, and has become a kind of refuge as well.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/01/30/our-list-of-2017s-most-infectious-extreme-metal-songs-part-18-witchery-wode-crafteon-grave-circles-obscure-devotion-tyakrah/

 

 

Sądząc po wyborze Tyakrah, w rosyjskiej wytwórni Satanath Records nastąpiła subtelna zmiana. Nic z karykaturalnych zespołów, o których zdarzyło mi się wcześniej pisać. Debiutancki album niemieckiego zespołu, wydany jesienią 2017 roku składa się z siedmiu utworów trwających około 37 minut. W sam raz, by nie zanudzić, i tego na pewno nie można im zarzucić. Płyta naładowana jest ogromną ilością patentów, w jaki sposób z czarnego metalu wydobyć atmosferę zimowej zawieruchy.

 

Na początek nie sposób nie wspomnieć o oprawie płyty, która wydaje się stworzona dla kolekcjonerów winyli. Wystarczy rzut oka na okładkę, by się przekonać, że muzyka to hołd złożony zimie. Przechodząc do zawartości,przy pierwszym utworze totalne zaskoczenie – z Praeludium – Auf Kalten wegen emanuje wprost świąteczny nastrój. Utwór wyłącznie instrumentalny, składający się z gry na klawiszach. Poza wymienionym Praeludium, na płycie znajdują się jeszcze dwa podobne utwory, które przeplatają się pomiędzy tymi typowymi dla black metalu.

 

W Gefrorne Tranen objawia się ich uwielbienie do piskliwych solówek, które pojawiają się w większości kawałków, dzięki temu płyta wydaje się dość spójna. Wprowadzenie bełkotliwego wokalu przyspiesza tempo, jednak wciąż nie jest ono ekstremalnie szybkie. Ten sam utwór wzbogacono ponadto czystymi, niskimi wokalami, właściwie melorecytacją, która jest interesującym składnikiem Gefrorne Tranen. Całość zmierza w kierunku dość melodyjnego black metalu, kto więc nie znosi takich kompozycji, może przejść do tytułowego Wintergedanken, skomponowanego w mroczniejszej i bardziej depresyjnej konwencji. Momenty, w których wokalista charczy, brzmią dość pokracznie, tak jakby w każdym wersie powtarzał sekwencję tych samych wyrazów. Jak widać, nawet w blacku używanie języka niemieckiego jest ryzykowne. Następnym utworem jest Interludium, czyli jeden z tych instrumentalnych utworów, w których użycie instrumentów i natłoku dźwięków jest ostatecznie ograniczone, a wychodzi im to bezbłędnie. Ambientowy spokój oraz chóralnie brzmiące fragmenty przepełniają kawałek duchowością. W utworze Fahrten Im Schnee postawili na bardziej surowe i agresywne granie, choć ciągle jest to kontynuacja stylu, w jakim powstała płyta.

 

Ogólne wrażenia są raczej pozytywne, jednak najmocniejszymi momentami Wintergedanken są kolejno Praeludium, Interludium oraz Postludium, i choć daleko im do metalowo brzmiących pozostałych utworów, to jest w nich najwięcej tajemnicy.

 

 

 

http://kvlt.pl/recenzje/tyakrah-wintergedanken-2017/

 

 

Mit „Wintergedanken“ meldet sich das Münsteraner Duo Tykrah ein erstes Mal zu Wort. Erst 2016 gegründet gibt es über die Band noch nicht viel zu berichten und doch haben sie musikalisch bereits verdammt viel zusagen. Das zeigt zumindest ihr Debüt-Album.

 

38 Minuten und 7 Songs umfasst das Material, das auf „Wintergedanken“ zu finden ist und setzt sich aus 4 langen, mit Vocals versehenen und 3 kurzen instrumentalen Songs (Intro, Interlude, Outro) zusammen. Thematisch richtet sich das Album nach der Jahreszeit, es dreht sich um den Winter, Dunkelheit und Tod, was sich auch in einer kühlen, aber doch ziemlich epischen Spielweise des Black Metal bemerkbar macht. Harsche Riffs mit Blasts treffen auf episches Songwriting mit ausschweifenden Gitarrensoli und dunklen Bass-Tupfern. Dazu schweift das Songwriting nicht selten in Atmospheric-Gefilde mit dichtem Gitarrenteppich ab. Alles in allem sehr kraftvoll, düster, frostig und bedrohlich und zugleich doch episch und schön. Immer wieder wird das Tempo etwas rausgenommen und innegehalten, da darf dann auch gerne das Keyboard mithelfen und die 3 Instrumentals auch gleich allein tragen. Musikalisch lässt sich an dem Album wenig meckern, es ist ein verdammt starker, abwechslungsreicher und interessanter Black Metal-Mix, gesanglich geht das nörgeln schon leichter. Allerdings nicht bei den Screams, denn das frostig-harsche Keifen von Sänger/Drummer J.R. passt sehr gut zum Gesamtbild und dämpft die Temperatur noch um einige Grad, der Klargesang will dagegen nicht so recht hierhin gehören. Tiefer Gothic-artiger Männergesang, der noch dazu oft ziemlich stockend, verklemmt und etwas schief daher kommt, ist hier einfach etwas fehl am Platz. Da hilft es auch wenig, dass er nur in den ruhigen Momenten zum Einsatz kommt, denn da kommt er ja auch noch besonders zu Geltung. Glücklicherweise ist das aber eher die Ausnahme als die Regel, wodurch das Album nicht gänzlich ruiniert ist