Genre: Folk/Pagan Metal
Country: Germany
Label: Napalm Records
Year: 2015

Fourth album for Germans Finsterforst, to those who did not have the chance to hear them, it is advised to expedite. Dense and energetic folk / pagan in the style of Moonsorrow, Equilibrium and Falkenbach. The name in German means “Dark Forest” and it perfectly demonstrates their themes and their music stamp. Voice alternations, diversity compositions, textures and atmospheres are interchanged and organs, such as the accordion, give another tinge in their melodies.

Like many groups of the genre, most compositions last enough, and this is an element that can tire, but Finsterforst well master the art, and they manage to keep the interest of the listener steady from start to finish. Songs like “Schicksals End’” or “Zeit für Hass”, contain intense black metal elements and combine majestic outbursts, pagan melodies and theatrical performances, are really enjoyable.

As in their previous work “Rastlos”, here as well the last track lasts over 23 minutes. Then, it was “Flammenrausch”, now it’s “Finsterforst”. In both cases we are talking about epic compositions, overflowing with images, atmosphere and melody. Those who have seen the recent “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will agree with me that, the “Mach Dich Frei” would be an ideal soundtrack for the film.

I thought that “Rastlos”, would be a milestone for the Germans, and difficult to overcome, both synthetic and at the imaging part. But “Mach Dich Frei”, is an excellent work that continues from the point that was “Rastlos”, and definitely will establish Finsterforst in the elite of pagan / folk.