Ehrlichkeit are a 1 man band from Massachusetts that plays a mixture of raw black metal, noise and ambient and this is a review of their 2013 album "Subterranean Passages" which was released by Dipsomaniac Records.
"Asbestos Lungs" starts off with some dark ambient soundscapes which lead to spoken word samples and the song starts getting darker before the fast, raw and primitive guitar riff kicks in with some atmospheric elements on top of it which leads to the fast drums and high pitched grim screams, around the 5 minute mark a brief use of clean singing makes it presence in the song along with the screams evolving into depressive cries while maintaining the grim elements as well as the blast beats hitting their way into the song, around the 8 minute mark the song goes into a slower but still dark direction along with some distorted melodies for a few seconds before returning to the fast primitive riffing and blast beats and the song closes with drone elements.
"Somber Tides Of Blood And Lies" starts off with ambient noise sounds and clean playing from the guitars which utilizes both finger picking and full chords and then the spoken word samples make their presence in the song along with some slow drums which leads to a depressive black metal guitar riff and depressive screams and cries and after a few minutes the song goes more into an experimental noise direction while also utilizing a variety of different sounds for a few minutes before going back into the spoken word samples with some soft ambient soundscapes in the background before going into porno sounds which close the song.
"Confessional: Svalvi" starts off with dark ambient soundscpaes and spoken word samples which talk about the corruptions of religion as the song moves on elements of noise make their presence in the song at times.
"Protaganist Slug" starts off very silent before the dark ambient synths make their way into the song as well as the spoken word parts and then the fast drum blast beats and primitive atmospheric black metal riffs make their way into the song as well as the dark and grim sounding screams and then the song goes back into an ambient direction with slight elements of noise along with some tortured screams and chants, around the 6 minute mark slow drum beats start making their way in the song as well as the grim sounding screams taking the music into a more black ambient direction.
"Posthumously Misleading" starts off with some ambient/noise soundscapes along with some dark ambient before going into a harsh noise/blackened drone song setting up the pace for the spoken word samples and slow drum beats which bring an 80's new wave feeling to the song which leads to the grim sounding depressive black metal screams and cries and then the drum beats start speeding up a bit for awhile before slowing down again while also making a return to the faster elements at times as well as mixing in a blast beat and then the song closes with distorted noises from t he guitar amps.
"Whirlwind Lust Circle" starts off with nature sounds and tribal beats along with sex sounds while also throwing in some dark ambient synths while also for the most part maintaining the same pace throughout the song.
Song lyrics and themes, cover, philosophical, anti religious and sex times, while the production it has a very, dark, raw and primitive sound with most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Echrlichkeit are a very great sounding hybrid of raw black metal, noise and ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out t his project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Asbestos Lungs" and "Somber Tides Of Blood And Lies". RECOMMENDED BUY.