Todesstrafe are a duo from Italy that has been featured before in this zine and plays a national socialist form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Under the Sign Of The Storm" which was released by We Are At War Records.
WWII era music samples which also return on some of t he later tracks start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while the vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams. RAC influences can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with all of the musical instruments on the r recording also having a very powerful sound to them.
The songs also mix in a decent amount of 90's era second wave influences while one track also adds in a small amount of marching sounds. When guitars solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic yet old school style along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as one track also adding in a brief use of spoken word samples and most of the music is very power chord driven, the closing track is also very long and epic in length. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover War, Europe and National Socialism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Todesstrsafe and if you are a fan of national socialist black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Shining Banner" Ceremonial Flames" and "Fortress Europe". 8 out of 10.