||When I was initially shown this disc, I thought
this was going to be some very underproduced material. I was wrong.
The disc is still somewhat raw, but with a more bleak and melodic
passage. Germany-based, Todtgelichter
play a fast black / doom metal style with a huge Abigor-like feel,
whence... the occasional breaks with piano, acoustic guitar and hymning.
If more raw black metal bands were more in the vein of this or of
old-Abigor, they'd sound much better in my opinion. The artwork on
the release is very beautiful with a lot of nature photography and
the logo is one of the coolest I've seen since I first saw the Unleashed
logo years ago. "Was Bleibt" has 9 tracks and a bit over
50 minutes of raw melancholia. Two tracks, in particular, make this
album a collector in my opinion. They are "Wunden" and "...Und
Gütig Empfange Ich Euch". These tracks showcase slow-melancholic
guitar tones, moaning shrieks of vocal disharmony, acoustic guitar
& even some blazing speed to an extent. There are some very aggressive
tunes like "Schlachtenruf" and "Asenschlacht"
that sound a little like early-Emperor or Burzum as well. Todtgelichter
have loads and loads of potential that may or may not go unnoticed,
but I would like to think they’d keep doing this style. Fans
of Abigor, Bethlehem and Deinonychus should be extremely delighted
with this masterful work!
Reviewed By: Thomas