Schattenfall are a band from Germany that plays an atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Schatten in Schwarz" which will be released in March by Redefining Darkness Records.
Clean playing starts off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them as well as a brief use of melodic vocals and they also mix the atmospheric and heavy parts together.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while ambient keyboards are also utilized on some of the songs and throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some clean playing also returning on later songs as the album progresses and on the closing track melodic vocals a re also used briefly.
Schattenfall plays a style of black metal that is very atmospheric and depressive sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Schattenfall are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genres, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Angst meiner Fantasie" and "Die Klagan von Grau". 8 out of 10.