Buy Album: https://teutoburgforest.bandcamp.com/album/voltigeurs
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/teutoburgforestbandofficial/
All instruments and vocals : Donn Philo Sophia
1. Seeing God’s Creation and Despising it
2. Malkuth Transforms into Lilith
3. As The Ego Dissolves Part II
Teutoburg Forest are a black metal band from the UK, who formed in 2008. They are inspired by groups who use philosophical and spiritual themes and their goal is to engage with the subconscious and to gain knowledge and wisdom through personal experiences. Publication ‘Zero Tolerance #26’ commented on three of the band’s demos, released all at once, back in 2008 ‘This is Black Metal as it should be, uncompromising and bombastic, intelligent and evil’. In 2019, TF released their latest effort ‘Voltigeurs’ which is a remastering of three standout tracks of their back-catalogue.
Is it any good? Let me sum it up with one word: ‘Aaaargh!!’ Another black metal album that sounds almost exactly the same as most of the stuff from their peers, but could have been so much more! What can I say? (Again?) Blast beats, dark, intelligent though predictable harmonies and screams! What’s the point really? Do you want me to give a list of the successful bands alone who use those ideas? It would go on for a long time. To be clear, the writing IS strong though. Track 3, ‘As The Ego Dissolves Part II’ does have some very interesting clean though still morbid singing, and some of the bass lines are surprisingly musical, mellow and still fitting, but the album desperately needs more of that stuff.
In TF’s defence, a lot of their music is pretty epic. Track 1 is 7 minutes long and track 3 goes on for nearly 10. The structures are very good, too. Nothing gets boring and nothing seems rushed. (Apart from maybe the endings of the final two songs, which kind of just stop). And yes, it’s very impressive the way the drummer can play so many kick drums a second for such long periods, but is all the craziness really necessary? (Again?)
In conclusion, as a reviewer I’m under a lot of stress. Do you realise how hard it is to try and write original reviews when so much I’ve been given sounds so similar? It’s not easy. Yes, the music here is good, even admirable in many areas, but the first two tracks are more or less completely lacking in innovation and the final track kind of teases you and makes you want more. Then everything ends. Does this music come across as any wiser than material from their contemporaries? Not really. This album will be a welcome addition to many’s collection, but (again) it needs more surprises!
Review by Simon Wiedemann