Verlorene Zeit is the forthcoming third album by the band Sterbefall from Voronezh in central Russia. Through a hybrid of black metal and post-metal the album gives voice to feelings of despondency, depression, self-hate, and pain — feelings that also lead into expressions of rage and bitterness. The two labels that will be releasing in on April 23rd — Satanath Records (Russia) and Fog Foundation (Italy) — recommend it for fans of Dystopia Nå!, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Amesoeurs, and Hvøsch.
Those other names used as reference points are enticing inducements for Verlorene Zeit, but even more so is the song we’re premiering today, “Verbogene Gras“.
Accompanied by a mysterious and occult-themed video (but one in which we also get to see the band performing). it’s a spellbinding, though disturbing song, one that has the capacity to mesmerize but is shaded by grief, dread, and the threat of calamity.
A slow, gleaming arpeggio immediately creates a moody and melancholy feeling, a sense of sorrow that never completely disappears, but the atmosphere of the song transforms from one of introspection to one of tension and turmoil. A steady bass-and-drum pulse provides a mid-paced, head-nodding rhythm, serving as the anchoring momentum for voracious, serrated-edge growls (which rise to intense howls and screams), wide-ranging riffs, and morphing melodies.
The riffing itself growls and seethes, casting a dire, doom-influenced gloom over the song and also sending a fever of hopelessness surging through it, while the vocals seem to channel a vicious rage. But the guitar leads and solos are scintillating, and those high trilling tones sound like yearning, like a grasping for something to live for, though they too radiate a halo of grief.
Below you’ll also find a stream of the new album’s opening track, “Kvlt“, which we urge you to listen to as well.
The album’s cover art was created by Diedemor Studio. Satanath and Fog Foundation will release it in jewel-case and digipack editions with pit-art CD and an 8-page booklet.
Sterbefall are a band from Russia that plays an atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Verlorene Zeit" which will be released on April 23rd as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Fog Foundation.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams along with the riffs also bringing in a great amount of post metal style melodies and the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with some deep growls also being utilized at times. Clean playing can also be heard on some of the tracks along with the music also having its atmospheric moments as well as a later song also adding in a brief use of stringed instruments and most of the music sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction, the album also closes with an instrumental.
Sterbefall plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in an atmospheric style of post black metal as well as mixing in some elements of doom metal to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Human Feelings, Emotions, War, Nature and Science themes.
In my opinion Sterbefall are a very great sounding atmospheric mixture of black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band.
Russian band Sterbefall is out with the album "Verlorene Zeit", and presents with an album of dark and majestic metal here. Massive riff cascades and raspy, dark talk-like vocals dominates this album, and the tempo of the songs range from doom metal crawls to pacier and more uptempo energetic but still bombastic passages. Subtle but flowing melody lines is a feature throughout, and gentler, toned down atmospheric interludes is another vital part of the proceedings. Some token post-rock tinged details can be found as well. Those with a general taste for dark, majestic metal of different varieties should be a good audience for this album, and a certain taste for dynamic compositions is probably an advantage here too.
Siento que mi fin está cerca. He aguantado todo lo que he podido hasta ahora. Mis raíces, a pesar de ser kilométricas, ya no encuentran ni la más mínima pizca de humedad. Hubo un tiempo en el que la situación era por completo diferente. La ahora baldía y estéril tierra fue verde y fértil, aunque ya solo quedo yo para recordar los buenos tiempos…. Los pájaros e insectos andaban por mis ramas, dándome una indescriptible felicidad…. Todo cambió el día de la gran explosión. El brillo del sol se apagó considerablemente, y a partir de entonces, unas espesas nubes escarlata cubrían de vez en cuando un mortecino cielo repleto de sustancias degradantes y dañinas. Los humanos, la culpa de todo, como siempre, la tienen los humanos. Sus estúpidos experimentos y guerras nos han destruido…
Bienvenidos al universo de Sterbefall.
Los Post Black metaleros Sterbefall, lanzaron gracias a Satanath Records y Fog Foundation su cuarto trabajo «Verlorene Zeit» el pasado 23 de abril de 2021.
Grata sorpresa la que me he llevado al oír el disco que hoy os comento. De entrada, y desde el primer segundo de música, ha conseguido que entre de cabeza a la propuesta sónica. La culpa de ello, la ha tenido la espesa capa de melancolía que recubre todos y cada uno de los tracks. Espero que no estéis mal interpretando lo que acabáis de leer. Ni de lejos es un redondo facilón, mas si hasta cierto punto diferente y accesible. Asimismo, es de agradecer que la producción no sea un amasijo de ruido y que el artwork no sea otro maldito bosque nevado.
Dmitry y Michael forman un dúo de «hachas» realmente sólido. Consiguen aunar a la perfección emotividad, oscuridad y agresión sin problema alguno. Las dobles armonías son grandilocuentes a la par que tristes, y los embistes de tremolo picking os resultarán grises y punzantes.
Seguro que pensáis que hay clean vocals cada dos por tres ¿verdad? Pues os vais a dar con un canto en los dientes. Los registros son perpetuamente desesperados y aguerridos. Así da gusto.
No esperéis velocidad alguna en la percusión. Tan solo se atreven a pisar el acelerador de forma exclusiva en ‘Negativ‘.
Destacaría tanto la inicial ‘Kvlt‘ como la final e instrumental ‘Augenblick‘ como lo mejor del Long Play.
Señoras y señores, esto es «ruido» pesaroso de alto nivel. No dudéis en echarle una escucha.
Don’t tell him, but I do actually read (and listen to) some of the things that Islander writes about every now and then. And Verlorene Zeit is just the latest one of his recommendations (the second one from Russia this year, in fact) to have gone right up my flagpole.
On a purely superficial level Sterbefall deal in the same sort of powerful-yet-poignant “Post-Black Metal” that has made me such a fan of bands like Agrypnie, Anomalie, Harakiri For The Sky, and their ilk, producing a sound that’s equal parts heavy guitars, haunting melody, and heightened emotion.
Of course, I understand that the term “Post-Black Metal” is pretty divisive (and, honestly, I’m not always sure it’s that helpful – how about we start referring to bands like these as Bleak Metal instead?) so it might help to clarify exactly what I mean in this particular case.
Blending sweeping, electrifying tremolo lines and punchy, rhythmic riffs (all bolstered by one seriously beefy and bombastic guitar tone), with passages of moody, atmospheric eloquence (and the occasional blast of face-melting fury), songs like “Einsamkeit” and “Stirb Nicht” strike a precise and pristine balance between heavy, hooky, and hypnotising as they rise and fall, ebb and flow, from one extreme to the next.
What sets Sterbefall somewhat apart from the other bands working in a similar style is their darker, doomier outlook, which is most prominent during tracks such as “Negativ” and back-to-back heart-breakers “Verbogene Grass” and “Augenblick”, where the band’s signature combination of humongous guitars and brooding melodies reaches its absolute apotheosis.
Keep an eye, and an ear, on this one, as there’s a good chance I’ll be singing its praises again come December.