Kerker are a duo from Germany that plays a very raw, atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "A Dime For The Bleak Faces" which was released by Nihilistische Klangkunst.
A very fast, raw and old school black metal sound starts off the album along with a good amount of blast beats and the music also brings in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a great amount of grim screams and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's European tradition.
Both of the earlier songs stay away from any modern elements that are a part of today's black metal sound along with most of the songs going back to the second wave style of the genre and you can hear a great amount of raw energy, darkness and hate throughout the recording along with a decent amount of melody being utilized at times.
As the album progresses some of the slower riffing brings in a depressive feeling to some of the tracks along with a small amount of atmospheric sounds, clean singing, spoken word parts and the bass guitars having a very powerful sounding presence and the music also starts bringing in small amounts of synths while the later songs go back to more of a raw style of black metal while still having a few seconds of clean playing and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Kerker plays a style of black metal that is mostly raw, grim and old school sounding while a couple of the tracks are more atmospheric, depressive and experimental sounding,. the production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Kerker are a very great sounding raw, old school style black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dethronement Of Old Kings" "Prague" and "His Farewell Left Decay". 8 out of 10.