Schwermut are a duo from Germany that plays a very melancholic and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2020 ep which was released by Auric Records.
Rain and thunder sounds start off the ep before going into a heavier musical direction while most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. Depressive sounding melodies can also be heard in the guitar riffing and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the clean playing giving the music more of a melancholic atmosphere.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them as well as the solos are done in a very dark yet melodic style and one track also adds in a brief use of spoken word parts. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover melancholy, darkness and despair themes.
In my opinion Schwermut are a very great sounding melancholic and depressive black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Dein Abschied". 8 out of 10.