Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Label: Eisenwald Records
Without leaving time to roll, Swiss metallers Ungfell came back to action a year after the release of their first full length (Tôtbringære), by releasing their second full album titled “Mythen, Mären, Pestilenz”. The album was released on 23 March 2018 by Eisenwald Records.
Musically speaking “Mythen, Mären, Pestilenz” moves between classic melodic Black Metal structures on the one hand and structures with many folk elements on the other, with the main component between them being speed. Fine guitars, fast riffs and a drummer with an appetite and in a good moon. I loved the touches of cello in folkloric orchestrations; they gave a nice twist to the whole effort, as happened with theclean female vocals. From an atmospheric point of view, Ungfell takes us to a damp forest somewhere in the Middle Ages, where witches recount ominous folk traditions, sharing curses and spitting upon their enemies. While objectively the compositions of “Mythen, Mären, Pestilenz” are good, I didn’t like both the vocals and the choices in the way of their performance. For a moment the vocals seemed to be a bit childish, without being well worked, unlike the well-written compositions of the album. By comparison with the synthetic piece, the vocals lower the general quality status. I discussed about it with some friends, others said that they fit the whole weave of the album, others said they are inferior to expectations, so I leave it to you. Besides tastes of such levels are purely subjective.
Even though the album may win the time bet because let’s face it we are not talking about an album that rocked our socks off, but take a single listening, I guess you’ll find something to enjoy and hold on to.