Dodenbezweerder – Als De Hemel Zich Vult Met Apocalyptisch Kopergeschal (Black Ambient Metal)


I was pretty bummed I didn’t receive the new Dodenbezweerder in the promos (it’s technically past release, which you likely know I tend to avoid), but then again Maurice doesn’t need me to know he’s an absolute netherworld deity of dark music. If you’re not familiar with his work, which is unlikely, it’s the same guy behind Gnaw Their Tongues, Cadaver Shrine, and many others. Though I’ve been a fan of his work for awhile now, and somewhat quiet about it (sorry), Dodenbezweerder struck me from the first full-length, which I reviewed some years ago (look it up yourself, no hand-holding this time). If you’re here, you already know what you’re in for.


Though one is wont to put this under “ambient black metal,” perhaps with some “raw” tossed about, Dodenbezweerder, like the rest of the guy’s projects, really defies an easy categorization. The best you can do is just move the terms around so you get “black ambient metal,” though it’s best to consume it as a thing in itself. Als De Hemel Zich Vult Met Apocalyptisch Kopergeschal is the band’s latest EP. We’ve all been desperately awaiting a new full-length, but I guess this will have to do. The approach is certainly the same, but the sound is not. Earlier work tended to be far more raw and less concise. You might wonder how that’s possible, but this time around Dodenbezweerder provides more clarity in the clanginess, a sort of depth that provides more ground on which the listener is free to investigate the intricate patterns hidden within. Moaning, howling vocals call out in desperation from the horrors they’ve created, reluctantly giving in to power out of their control. It’s all-consuming and all-awesome.


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Written by Stanley, Devourer of Souls

Dodenbezweerder – Als De Hemel Zich Vult Met Apocalyptisch Kopergeschal
Improved Sequence

Cover Art: Maurice De Jong
4.8 / 5