Reach for the helmet, look towards the air raid shelter, there's an angry Black metal band on the loose.
Even scarier, it's a German Black metal band, and they've used the word Reich in their album title. And I think we all know what happened the last time someone started bandying that particular word around. Hopefully, Endstille will be keeping their plans for domination to the Black metal world.
This is the fifth album they've punted out in the seven years they've been together, but it's my first encounter thanks to Regain Records. And their thing is BM of the brutal kind, the kind of noise Belhegor are happy to make. Which is a good thing. The core essentials of good Black metal are firmly in place with raw, ripping vocals and bouts of extreme drumming. It's very old school with no concessions to the notions of keyboards or symphonic BM.
They address the usual preoccupations of brutal BM bands with their take on chaos, war and destruction, with some impressive guitar riff attacks dotted about. I'm not entirely convinced that they stand out enough from the crowd to become one of the big guns but fans of early Marduk will find this a comforting place.