Sunday, February 12, 2012
Just found this tonight in my eternal wanderings of Youtube, and thought it was worth posting straight away. Heldentum shared two members with Absurd, and this band seems to have been an outlet for some more aggressive material. Because it fucking rips. Headbanging thrash all the way with a fist-pumping break for some sick NWOBHM-style soloing at 00:23. They nail the heroic feel without ever letting the consonant harmonies become bland, adding just a hint of something darker on the riff that hits at around 00:13. The main riff at 00:23 is very clearly a place where they decided not to just repeat the classic phrase that opens it--they actually develop the idea. But the coolest moment, by far, is the grim majesty of the chorus riff that hits at 00:55. Oh, and those German vocals. So full of spite!
On "Wildsaulied," Heltdentum seem to be borrowing from extreme speed metal (Kreator) and hardcore punk (the Misfits) to create something that is most definitely true black metal. Rather than imitating other BM bands from the Second Wave or later, they've built up a distinctive sound "from scratch" by returning to the bands that influenced (or could've influenced) the genre when it was coming into its own in the early 90s. There's a more general point here: to create something new and interesting within an established genre, try inscribing your music with a sort of alternate history. Show us the latent possibilities that the founding bands missed.