Ellende – Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.aoprecords.de
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://ellende.bandcamp.com/album/r-ckzug-in-die-innerlichkeit
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/ellende.official/

Band line-up:

L.G. – everything
P.F. – drums
L.B. – live guitar
D.B. – live guitar
S.L. – live bass

Tracklisting:

1. Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit
2. Pfad der Endlichkeit
3. Der letzte Marsch
4. Von Vergänglichkeit und Trost

Review:

Ellende are a black metal band on AOP (not OAP) Records who were founded in 2011 by L.G., a man who later hired P.F. on drums, L.B. on guitar, D.B. on guitar, Norgrim on bass and L.G on vocals. They released their debut album ‘Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit’ on 30 November of this year. It is available on gatefold vinyl and a limited digipack featuring a 20 page booklet. It was at first self-released with just 100 copies but that alone set them up for atmospheric BM dominance.

For a BM album, the beginning of it is a little unusual. Clean guitar parts are common in the genre, but to start things off they are not just completely without distortion, they are also rather light in mood. (Relatively, I mean). They are a bit eerie perhaps, but they are certainly not evil. When the raging and more typical distorted guitars enter in a sudden and surprising manner, one feels confused and a little freaked out almost. ‘How could such contrasting sections ever work and what are they supposed to mean?’ one might think. To be clear, whilst the harmony is somewhat alien, it’s not exactly groundbreaking, however.

The orchestration is also quite different as the music features string and piano parts, yet they are only saved for special moments. Most symphonic BM acts have such devices playing all the time. As they are used more wisely, one could say, they only add to the effect of surprise and disorientation. What is perhaps most disturbing of all in the music, is the sum of all its parts. When you put everything together you get stuff that isn’t so much heinous, but more sickly and wrong it could be said. In contrast to that, the acoustic guitar duo in ‘Von Vergänglichkeit und Trost’ is actually quite beautiful. Again weird, right?

To sum up, well done to Ellende for being on the daring side. They haven’t exactly reinvented black metal, but so many other bands of their style don’t bother doing anything new whatsoever. Their music isn’t exactly catchy, but it does have some very nice moments in it that are real highlights. Their style is a little hard to swallow maybe, but those who are into more avant-garde music will probably love it. Should you part with your cash? I have no idea. Do you think you can handle the music??

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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