4.Our Smouldering Grief
With „Richtfeuer“ Rană returns at full force in collaboration with Breath Sun Bone Blood with their
second full length entitled, Richtfeuer. The album’s title Richtfeuer translates to “Leading Fire”, or,
“Beacon”, and that is exactly what this album does…. Leads us into the burning down of this world in the
hope of building a new one filled with promise. Five tracks of RAGING black metal punctuated with
elements of d-beat driven neo-crust, chanted atmospheres, and mournfully oppressive doom laced with
melancholic guitar themes and vocal desperation.
Starting with the devastating and crushing power of the 11 minute opener „Läutern, Rană sets the course for the coming 40 minute despair riddled assault.
Flamura, the second track sets the tone with a more d-beat blackened crust tone which quickly
deteriorates into furious blast beats…Desperation and urgency creating a feeling of relentless anxiety.
The third track Richtfeuer, opens with chanted vocals and mournful picked guitars that devolve into
slabs of doom thrown at the listener, with heartbreaking melodic lines supported and then obliterated by black buzz. Our Smouldering Grief, the albums 4th track, also appears on 2022’s Black Metal Rainbows Compilation, and features melancholic guitar lines weaving in and out of hope and despair. Between life and death. And the closer, Im Brand, leaves the listener in a pile of ash and ruble, tripping over the remnants of the world and frameworks this album wishes to destroy. And deeply ingrained in the gutwrenching grief of this album is a hopeless call to arms. A futile attempt to strive and rebel… To find a crack in the circle…. And to find solace in potentially failing in the process only to rise again, burning.
Beautiful. Utterly brutal.
Antifascist Black Metal!!!
GENRE: Black Metal/Black Crust/Doom