Bastard - Review
This powerful medieval metal group has been grinding away at their guitars and belting out their german lyrics for many years now. This exciting new album carries on as powerful as can be expected. I've been following this group with interest for a while though more metal than medieval, they appeal to many audiences through their fun and powerful style. This disc presents thirteen of these powerful tracks with grinding guitars, powerful vocals and moving percussion.
The album kicks off in head-banging splendor with powerful drums moving along in "Meine Seele Brennt". The goth touches in this work are excellent through the addition of synths, choirs and the darker, driving musical elements. Throughout the album these styles keep the music driving and harsh on most tracks. The addition of various pipes and the previously mentioned gothic elements bring out a certain medieval style that helps bring this music in line with the style of metal that we enjoy here at gothic paradise. These things make it stand out from other metal bands that are more noise and metal than anything. Despite the name of the album, the music on this disc and from this band in general is not one of shock, but one of making powerful and even melodic metal.
With the entire album being in german, I think it's obvious that our german speaking friends will be able to enjoy this disc so much more than many of us. But even with the limited german understanding I do have, I find various tracks stand out in excellent style. The first of this is the aforementioned "Meine Seele Brennt", and as the album grinds on there are various others like "Puppenspieler" with it's slight medieval touches over the awesome grinding metal style. Along these same lines are others like "Umbra" with live choral arrangements rather than synthesized samples over the grinding and powerful music. "Voodoo" is awesome with it's driving percussion and overall goth-metal flavor. "Die Trommel" stands out with it's overall power while "Tanz Auf Dem Vulkan" is a real medieval metal party track. I can imagine if they had electric guitars back in the day, this is what they would be playing around the mid-summer's eve fire. This latter track has quickly become a favorite with violin and various acoustic guitars as the underlying force behind the obvious grinding electric guitars and powerful percussion.
The album does include a couple of ballads that are done very well. The finale to the album really gives the listener an idea of why this band has a style often referred to as medieval metal. While this is one of the excellent ballads on the disc, the percussion harkens back to ancient days along with the flutes, pipes and acoustic guitars present. This finale is an excellent way to wrap up this driving and powerful album that many fans can love.
Label: Dancing Ferret Discs