Karg – Weltenasche (2016)

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From Harakiri for the Sky’s vocalist, today we have Karg, a one-man battalion delivering highly atmospheric Black Metal/Post-Black Metal. Featuring eight tracks and over 70 minutes of dreamy music, “Weltenasche” is a very soothing and yet demoralizing release that will certainly appeal to all fans of Depressive Black Metal to Post-Black Metal.

Opening with the incisive “Crevasse”, we are treated to a very moody and diverse track filled with tempo changes and heavy atmospheric elements. The album continues to perfectly juxtapose aggressiveness and melody as we can hear in the progression of “Alles wird in Flammen stehen”, which some parts remind us a bit of Dornenreich. The band’s raw emotions are instantly felt in songs like “Le couloir des ombres” which has a certain Alcet-like vibe, but with the Karg imprint dominating.

Majestically changing the pace, the folky acoustic “Spuren im Schnee” gives us a nice breather and an extra example of the versatility of Karg. Returning stronger with the punishing “Solange das Herz schlägt..” we are treated to excellent melodic riffs and soul crushing screams that perfectly fit the sense of urgency in the music. Our favorite track in this release is the very diverse “...und blicke doch mit Wut zurück” and its experimental opening which touches into Post-Punk territories touched by bands like Amesoeurs. The transformation of this track is quite impressive and very well crafted.

Closing with the mellow “MMXVI/Weltenasche”, Karg leaves on a high note showing off their musical versatility and endless stream of ideas. Overall, “Weltenasche” is one hell of a release that perfectly blends multiple styles and ideas. The level of balance between aggression and melody is one of the strongest characteristics of this epic one-man outfit. If you like bands like Harakiri for the Sky, (older) Lantlos, and even Alcest, be sure to check out Karg.

Band: Karg Album: Weltenasche

Label: Art of Propaganda

Release: November 14th, 2016

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Genre: Atmospheric/Ambient Black Metal /Post-Black Metal

Country: Austria

Rating: 90/100
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