Der Rote Milan are a band from Germany that plays a raw form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Aus der Asche" which will be released in July.
Field recordings start off the album along with some ambient elements and nature sounds while the music gets tribal and ritualistic after awhile and after the intro the music starts going into a heavier musical direction along with some high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized during the faster sections of the songs it gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and deep growls can also be heard at times while the music also brings in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a melodic fashion.
The songs also bring in a more modern style of the genre. and the riffs also get melodic at times while a couple of tracks introduces acoustic guitars onto the recording before making a return back to a heavier musical direction and one song also brings in a few seconds of spoken word parts and flutes as well as the sounds of a burning fire and the last track is very long and epic in length.
Der Rote Milan plays a style of black metal that is very raw and melodic while also mixing in some of the more modern forms of the genre, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are written in German and cover dark, melancholic and poetic themes.
In my opinion Der Rote Milan are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nebel Und Regen (Fog And Rain)" "Seelenansche (Ashes Of The Soul)' and "Der Abgrund (The Abyss)". 8 out of 10.