Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar
Season Of Mist
Black Metal
8 songs (57'14")
Release year: 2015
Season Of Mist
Reviewed by Alex

Der Weg Einer Freiheit was heretofore unknown to me band and, as you may have guessed from the moniker, they come from Germany. Season of Mist might have known something about Der Weg Einer Freiheit to have signed the band to a deal and the talent and conviction is on ample display with Stellar.

Stellar is a perfect example of an album of how black metal may be testing the limits of your nervous system in terms of aural assault yet still be captivating in its draw. You can hear some of the most pained vocals (by Nikita Kamprad), grating tremolo and punched up bottom end on one hand in Stellar, but melodies at times will just suck you in and won't let go.

Militaristic intro coming from afar in Repulsion doesn't quite promise the punishment to come, but mid-way through the song you will be excused if you think Der Weg Einer Freiheit is the second coming of Anaal Nathrakh. And just about when you think you know where this is all going Repulsion will deliver a powerful closing requiem … which just happens to be the title of the next song, most fittingly. It is on Requiem, subsequent Einkehr, Eiswanderer, and Letzte Sonne that Der Weg Einer Freiheit deliver the most tragic of their tremolo chord sequences, while grating you pretty much non-stop all the time. The feeling of loss and emptiness in these songs is palpable as Der Weg Einer Freiheit melodies are sad and melancholic, reminiscent of other German acts like Verdunkeln and Kermania. Some cuts on Stellar are just meant to exert pain through blast and shred (Verbund), but overall there is plenty of dynamics, Eiswanderer providing a quiet middle before a personal conquest of pain continues. Idyll is acoustic musings altogether, before slower Unendlich continues to grate, signifying that the fight goes on with stubborn sad determination until there is nothing left but a barely beating heart.

If you can take the sonic punch Der Weg Einer Freiheit delivers, then there will be a reward when you are able to decipher the melodic message behind the formidable front.

Killing Songs :
Requiem, Einkehr
Alex quoted 80 / 100
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