Sunday, February 12, 2012

Heldentum, "Wildsaulied"



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.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a kick ass song, and those guitar leads are awesome! I need to hunt down some more!

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  2. The vocals sound like that guy from Leatherface getting mouthraped. Seriously

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    1. like, I listen to some black metal, this this ESPECIALLY sounds like that. Do a youtube search and listen

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    2. i don't really hear it, but thanks for the mention of Leatherface. I'd never heard of them, and they're great!

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    3. Ha, okay, this is a complete footnote in this post but definitely download the albums "Mush" and "Dog Disco" from Leatherface. One of my favorite all time bands. They could become one of yours!

      -W.F.

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    4. Where are the breakdowns and pig squeals?
      - Cocktorn

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    5. @W.F. was planning on it dude! pop-punk for people who actually like punk.

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    6. @Noktorn's Biggest Fan: wrote a new post just for you, jackass.

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  3. Pavel, always picking up on badass shit that most of us miss. Nice one again.

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    1. Cheers chuck! nice to hear from you again. i'll do another thing for B.R. one of these days...

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  4. Heldentum is pretty good, this song especially. The lyrics are quite funny as well. Near the end of the first verse, he sings (translated from German of course): "A Catholic that wanted to convert us / spoke mysteriously of shepherds and sheep / [he] Wasn’t overly joyous about it / When the swords entered his skull".

    The next song, Kyffhäusersaga, is really great as well.

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  5. check out wolfsmond for wicked as fuck german vocals

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