Todtgelichter are a band from Germany that plays an avant garde form of depressive black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Rooms" which was released by Supreme Chaos Records.
Clean yet distorted playing starts off the album before getting heavier and adding in both black metal screams and melodic female vocals and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and add a post metal feeling to the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
There is a great amount of melody present in the guitar riffing and spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also alternates between both the clean and heavy parts quite a bit throughout the recording.
When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and the synths also give the music an avant garde and classical sound while the vocals can also get very operatic at times and you can also hear a touch of ambient, trip hop, and electronic music in some parts of the songs while later tracks also add in more of a depressive black metal style and there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars and there is also a touch of psychedelia towards the end.
Todtgelichter plays a musical style that has its roots in depressive black metal and the avant garde style of the mid 90's and they update the style by bringing in elements form many different genres and a touch of post rock, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover depression, paganism and nature themes.
In my opinion Todtgelichter are a very great sounding avant garde, depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lost" "Necrmant" and "Pacific". 8 out of 10.