Yesterday Der Weg Einer Freiheit (German for ‘the way of a freedom’) released their fifth full length album, entitled ‘Noktvrn’, and it is incredible. So much so that I’ve actually changed my plans and brought the post about them up about 3 weeks earlier because I’m so obsessed with Noktvrn that I simply must write about them.
Der Weg Einer Freiheit are, in the simplest terms, black metal, but that really undersells them. They rarely stick to the oft-trodden black metal path, rather forging their own way. It’s often progressive in nature, with frequently experimental choices, and on occasion will stray far from the ‘expected’ black metal sound.
But these genre-breaking voyages are when Der Weg Einer Freiheit demonstrate just how incredibly talented and versatile they are. Moments of beauty, clean vocals, bright guitars – there are even some passages that would not sound out of place with a blackgaze band like Møl – are mixed throughout and handled masterfully.
But when they steer back to black metal territory, and trust me, they definitely do, Der Weg Einer Freiheit do not fuck around. Powerfully evil vocals, hypnotic blast beats, and some utterly chilling guitars make sure to remind you this is still very much black metal. They may eschew the typical thematic tropes, preferring to focus on more human issues, but for the uneducated of us who don’t speak German the complexities of the lyrical topics are lost anyway.
In creating music in a decidedly non-black metal way, Der Weg Einer Freiheit are one of the most exciting black metal bands around, and Noktvrn is possibly one of the best albums of the year.
I also just have to mention, for all it’s simplicity, Noktvrn’s artwork is strangely beautiful, and perhaps my favourite album art of the year. I can’t wait for my LP to arrive.