Morgengrau are a band from Germany that plays a very raw and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "Staub zu Staub".
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with the sounds of torture before going into a heavier direction. During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling and the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
Melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
The music also adds in a good mixture of both old school and modern influences along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length. At times the music also has its atmospheric moments, acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly on the closing track. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in German and cover the driving emotions of human beings, live, death and nature themes.
In my opinion Morgengrau are a very great sounding raw, melodic and atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Selbstein" "Stimme der Vergeltung" "Weit" and "Am Ende". 8 out of 10.