Schattenfall are a band from Germany that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Melancholie des Seins" which will be released on March 22nd by Redefining Darkness Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some high pitched depressive black metal screams a few seconds later. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very atmospheric yet melodic style along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while nature sounds can also be heard briefly. Clear vocals are also added into some parts of the music along with some acoustic guitars also being added into certain sections of the recording and blast beats can also be heard during the faster sections of the music.
At times the music also shows an influence of 90's era Norwegian avant garde black metal as well as some clean and classical guitars also being added onto some of the later tracks. A couple of the songs are instrumentals while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover dark, depressive and melancholic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Schattenfall which shows them adding more avant garde elements to their atmospheric and depressive style of black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Melancholie des Seins" "Blatterfall" and "Ein Riss durch alle Leben". 8 out of 10.