The bio describes this music as Germanic Thrash. However, it's more along the lines of cold Norwegian Black Metal. This band is unique in every way. Cornelius is the man responsible for this mayhem. He's a member of the cult classic band SOLEFALD. STURMGEIST is the assumed named that Cornelius takes and he is writing lyrics and composing songs that are homage to the Germanic culture including lifestyle, language and philosophies.
If I'm not mistaken, C. played everything on this album and has hired musicians to take on tour later on. Ok, enough of that. Let's move along. "Ragnarok" is rather melodic for Black Metal, but it's more about feeling than speed and aggression to get the point across. The riffs are cold while the vocals are just plain grim as opposed to shrieking. During the choruses are some haunting chants to make the track evil. The pacing is just right. "Shock & Awe" picks up the pace much faster than the opener due to the muscle of the guitar work and the frenzied drumming as we go double bassing for most of the track. The funny thing though is that it's still catchy as hell thanks to the guitar licks. There is an atmosphere to the song and it all works.
"Rattenfänger" shows C. changing up his vocals style. It's cleaner, but it still contains that edge that he has sustained throughout the disc and it sort of has a classical tinge to it. I can't help, but appreciate what a talented composer he is because each song is listenable and creative. You can't say that album sounds like a MAYHEM record or DARKTHRONE because it stands on its own. I think that if you embrace the darker scene in Metal no matter how hardcore you are then you should take to this with the greatest of ease. (Online May 29, 2005)