Totengeflüster, or whispers of the dead as it means in English, is a German band who are all about that symphonic black metal sound which bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Carach Angren are famous for. Their debut album from 2013 Vom Seelensterben made quite some waves as it got great reviews and Totengeflüster landed on the map straight away. Their follow-up Im Nebel der Vergänglichkeit wasn’t as well received but was still a solid album, in some cases even better than their debut in my opinion, and now we are here with their third output The Faceless Divine.
The Faceless Divine is much like their past work, so fans should feel right at home here. Slightly upgrade on production and mix I feel like and the overall atmosphere is tighter, as it should be when a band grows. When songs like “On Carrion Wings”, “The Hollow Wandered (Cursed)” and “Grant Us Thy Blessing” comes on I can’t help but to get feeling this is a band that’s getting close to the top of their game. The rest of the album doesn’t all captivate me like this though so there is still room for improvement but Totengeflüster has surely become a band you can expect putting out solid releases by now.
If you enjoyed Totengeflüster past albums then there is no reason you shouldn’t like The Faceless Divine too. It has to be said I’m still a bit on the fence on this type of music as a whole and this album hasn’t won me over either but it’s obvious Totengeflüster are very good at their craft and keeps on pushing themselves into greater things. They are still a number short on the giants Carach Angren, Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. For diehard fans of the genre I’m sure some of you will even have this high up on the album of the year lists. Which in itself speaks volume on how the band is evolving.
Written by J.B.