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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Totengefluster/The Faceless Divine/Black Lion Records/2019 CD Review

  Totengefluster  are  a  band  from Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Faceless  Divine"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  also  introduces  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  symphonic  style.

 A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  songs    also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  as  the  album  progress  guttural  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music,  one  of  the later  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  the  closing  bonus  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow,  death  an  insanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Totengefluster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  Carrion  Wings"  "Affliction"  "Vermin"  and  "The  Hollow  Wanderer".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Totengefluster Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Totengeflüster is a Bandproject, that is leaded by Totleben (Songwriting- Guitars, Bass & Orchestration + Artwork) and Narbengrund (Concept & Vocals).

We combine the coldness and anger of black metal with elements of classical music to get an aggressive - cinematic feeling for our music.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Totengeflüster plays Symphonic Black Metal. We also use a lot of Sounds and Samples to get a deeper atmosphere than „just“ with instruments. We try to create a „Cinematic – Symphonic Black Metal Atmosphere“.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Themes are desolation, sorrow, death & insanity. Narbengrund describes his art as a multi- layered lyrical statement that can be read as a “simple” ghost story as well as a diary of a mentally ill person or as a bridge to our surrounding world and our thoughts and feelings about the way of “living”.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

"Totengeflüster" is german for „Whisper Of The Dead“ so – Narbengrund an I  – Totleben wanted to have something special and to choose a german band name is something that no one does without thinking of it. I believe… If you hear our Music you can hear the whisper of the dead, so it’s the most fitting band name for us. If you try to hide especially bad feelings or emotions and ban those into a dark cellar room to declare them as dead… They may come back …more fearsome than before – they will whisper to your soul … whisper their vile whishes.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

we have never played live with Totengeflüster, but we plan to do as soon as possible.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?


7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the music?

for a newcomer it’s the best way to figure out how our band is going to be like instead of being a simple toy and to bleed out for bigger bands that have bigger standing in the metal scene and to feed the bigger ones. We are not here to sell our souls…

Totengeflüster for now is like cancer - it needs to grow…

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic black metal?

well, we’ve just started – but we already got good feedback to our stuff. On the internet people like our work we’ve done so far – like the official videoclip or the artwork we‘ve shown on our homepage. In the last years a lot of the once so majestic Symphonic Black Metal Bands got lost. A lot of other very different Metal subgenres where hyped and sold out. Narbengund and Totleben grew up with this music, witch is now left for dead … We regret this development and want to inject new (of course frostbitten!) life to the dying Symphonic Black Metal Genre.

9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

Narbengrund has a kind of strange dark acoustic side project #++**… arrgh =)^^…?! fuck!!!.. and Schattendorn  plays drums in a German Heavy Metal Band

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

nearly the whole composition and production of “Vom Seelensterben” was done  by Totleben - this was the starting point for Totengeflüster.

The first step is now done. We’re forcing to involve more ideas of all Bandmembers and try to add their talent to our Spirit. Narbengrund has a very great talent in writing deep emotional lyrics and performs them authentic and wants to combine more of these emotional feelings with the music to create a darker more desperate atmosphere. Schattendorn is technically talented on his drums - he is involved into the actual Metal scene. Which is giving us all a fresh breath to inhale.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Each member of the Band has his own Taste of Music – we all love extreme Music and have a few bands in common.  Schattendorn likes fast and aggressive music like Dark Funeral, Watain and Behemoth. Totlebens favourites often are the Symphonic Metal Bands of the 90’s like old Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Therion, Bal-Sagoth, Ancient & Vesania. Narbengrund likes Bands like Naglfar, Lifelover, Dornenreich, Shining, Bethlehem, Moonspell .

12. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

we are not religious at all – but we cannot deny that we have an interest in occultism.

13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Totleben likes nature photography, graphic design and psychology

Narbengrund enjoys good drinks, music and philosophical discussions

Schattendorn likes fast cars & woman.

14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks to YOU for our FIRST!! Totengeflüster Interview – this will be legendary! so yeah, all who read that interview may note, that we will release our debut album “Vom Seelnsterben” on February 1st 2013. check our homepage for news & enjoy good art!

Totleben & Narbengrund of TOTENGEFLÜSTER

Monday, January 21, 2013

Totengefluster/Vom Seelensterben/2012 CD Review

  Totengefluster  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Vom  Seelensterben".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  symphonic  sound  to t he  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  symphonic  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  growls  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  female  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Totengefluster  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ein  Tramgespinst"  "Vom  Seelensterben"  and  "Ein  neuer  Pfad".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.