I know that some of my readers do enjoy the non-mainstream variety of metal music that all those virtually unknown European bands fortunately still offer in spades. Most of those musicians are “normal” people, they have day jobs, families to feed and whatever, and yet they manage to find time to write, record and release albums that could’ve become classics, if only there were more justice in the world.
I have mentioned Doro and Blind Guardian on this blog, and if you had never heard of them before, imagine that: those are, like, HUGE, legendary names in the world of European metal.
Today I will tell you about a band which is not so well-known even by these standards. But it’s a band I have long loved to pieces.
They are from Austria, and here is their page on the Encyclopaedia Metallum which should hopefully guide you towards places to get their music, if you find you like it enough.
Their style is hard to describe – it’s symphonic in the sense of harmonies being very important to their compositions, layered keyboards being omnipresent in the arrangements; guitar-wise and rhythm-section-wise, it’s at the same time rather dry and severe, combining elements of black, death and power metal; and their abundant vocal melodies and harmonies are influenced by a lot of genres, classical music in particular.
Here is a track off their latest offering “Niebelung” (which was released in 2009 – yeah that was quite a few years ago, but as I already said, these are real people with real lives, not some corporation-sponsored celebrities).
Check the music out and read on!