And now, a year later, the band presents the ideological continuation of this record – the album called “Helheim”. Actually, the fact that the band would continue to move in the direction set by “Yggdrasil” became evident after the announcement of the title of the new work and the release of its cover. But where the pagan motives have led the “earth dwellers” this time, we will understand below.
Guys from Hämatom are on fire this year. As we remember, in April the band delighted the audience with a fun experimental release called “Berlin”, in which they appeared in an unusual role for themselves. In my opinion, “Berlin” came out as an excellent record, although not all of the band’s fans were happy with the acoustic guitars, trombones and the absence of overdriven guitars on it. Anyway, with the album called “Die Liebe ist tot” the guys got back on track. But, what especially nice is the fact that there was the place for the experiments by Hämatom left on this release as well.
“Endlich!” (Finally!) – this is how the new work of “Uncle Remus” of the German goth scene Alexander Spreng is called, with an inspiring exclamation mark. With this album ASP marked the end of the “Fremd” cycle. As we know, Spreng is foreign to half measures: if it’s a song, then it should be 10 minutes long; if it’s an album cycle, then it should last 10 years. But to be honest, over the years there has been a small lyrical digression in the form of the Verfallen dilogy, the mystical history of the Astoria hotel. Then ASP went back in the “Fremd” cycle direction again. Thus, “Endlich!” became the fifth full-length album of the cycle.
As a result, on each album released by Stahlmann an inquisitive listener will surely find 1-3 cool tunes, while the rest of the material will most likely merge into a single monolith with simple choruses, simple riffs and Martin`s whispers in verses. Is “Quarz” different from the albums of the band mentioned above? In fact, no, and there were no prerequisites for that. But it is definitely better than its predecessor – “Kinder der Sehnsucht”. Nevertheless, let us analyze the new work in more detail and try to understand whether there is some grease for the Stahlmann gears or the mechanism cannot be saved.
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