Baldaraz are a band from Germany that plays a raw form of pagan/black metal with elements of crust and this is a review of their 2012 album "Die Freiheit der Natur" which was released by B.F.R Records.
"Intro Baal" starts up the album with spoken word parts and a background festival.
"Die Freiheit der Natur" which is the title track as well as the first song on the album opens up with drums, and raw and melodic black metal guitar and bass riffs along with grim sounding screams and towards the end the music goes into a slower direction for a few seconds.
"Morgenroden" begins with slow and melodic guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and a few seconds alter it speeds up and adds in grim screams and the song is very short and under 3 minutes.
"Die Freiheit des Windes" opens up with nature sounds and synths and the song is all instrumental.
"Die Freiheit des Sommers" kicks in with raw black metal guitar and bass riffs, grim screams and drums and towards the end the guitar riffing starts getting more melodic and the song is also very short in length.
"Krig Svard Dod" comes in with sounds of war before adding in fast, raw and melodic guitar riffs along with drums and grim vocals and after awhile the heaviness stops and acoustic guitars make their way in along with some spoken word samples and then getting heavy again.
"Naturens Skonhet" brings its way in with spoken word samples along with nature sounds and melodic chanting and the song is under 2 minutes.
"The Ocean" returns to black metal with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs and a few seconds alter bass guitars and drums kick in along with grim vocals a few seconds later and you can also hear deep growls in the background.
"Outro To The end" closes the album with nature sounds and spoken word parts before adding in slow guitar and bass riffs along with drums and the guitar riffing also utilizes melody..
Song lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian, Swedish and German and cover Paganism and Nature themes, while the production has a very raw and primitive sound to it while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion Baldaraz are a very great sounding raw pagan/black metal band with elements of crust and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Die Freiheit der Natur" and "The Ocean". RECOMMENDED BUY.