Since the advent of WEB, fans and columnists have access to phenomenal communication facilities, completely changing the research for music. Formerly, to find poorly distributed albums, you had to buy costly imports or else settle for poor cassette copies. Now, we must make a rather tedious sorting among all available publications, obtained legally or not. This is a frustrating exercise, which brings the amateur to get stuck in the swamp of mediocre productions. This sad fact is however tempered by the occasional and fortuitous discovery of great bands or quality albums. It's kind of what happens when I put my ears on “Krypteia," the 2012 debut album of the German horde ENTARTUNG.
I discover, from the first notes of ”Flucht In Die Finsternis”, a band in full possession of its faculties, who plays heavily inspired Eastern Europe (Ukraine, in particular) kind of Black Metal. The songs are built around a few riffs that develop an atmosphere that is both epic and melancholic. Faster, ”Der Sieg Der Vergänglichkeit” reminds of some DRUDKH songs, with its fast picking and its hushed battery. We can also perceive large Scandinavian influences on almost every title. Thus, ”Über Die Grenzen Des Todes” has elements (drums, vocals) clearly borrowed from a group such as SARGEIST. The album takes a more contemplative and ambient turn with ”Drei Milliarden Herzschläge”, sober and mid-tempo, but goes again with ”Boreas, Gott Der Nordwinde” and its epic pagan coating which evokes a frenzied stampede. It's ”Wenn Die Jagd Beginnt (Christenverfolgung)” which concludes the album. With nine minutes, it is also his longest title. Punctuated by great saturated guitar passages, alternating with bass solo and male choral singing, this song presents a good synthesis of this Germanic horde's creative potential.
We know little about ENTARTUNG, a group that has no official website and whose members are unknown. But one thing is certain, they are not beginners. Their first album demonstrates easily their extensive knowledge of Black Metal and qualities as interpreters. ”Krypteia” is clearly not revolutionizing anything, but it offers very good music, a rarity in this age of convenience where anyone can flood the web with its poor and uninteresting creations.
(Online July 5, 2012)