Todesstrafe are a band from Italy that plays a national socialist form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "The Northern Hammer Returns" which was released by We Are At War Records.
Air raid sirens start off the album before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats as well as some deep screams a few seconds later and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave tradition.
Touches of RAC can be heard in some of the riffing and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the sounds of war are also added onto some of the later tracks along with some samples of world war II era music and there is only a brief use of guitar leads and melodic riffs while the music is mostly dominated by power chords and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Todesstrafe plays a style of national socialist black metal that is very raw and power chord driven while also mixing in a decent amount of WWII era samples, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover war, Europe, and National Socialism themes.
In my opinion Todesstrafe are a very great sounding national socialist black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wolfkrieg" "Sons Of The Black Sun" and "Song Of War". 8 out of 10.