With full force of necessary darkness, DunkelNacht welcomes us to their latest piece of art. DunkelNacht (which means dark night in German) is a unified collaboration between Netherlands and France. Created brick by brick from the mind of Heimdall (lead guitarist/programming) in 2005 and evolved from that in companionship with bass player Alkhemohr, who joined the project in 2007. Together have they been the core of DunkelNacht’s reputation as an extremely tight act of metal. In the beginning of their career they played ambient music that in the years to follow transformed into a black/death band.
The latest entry in their ever expanding catalog, after 5 years of other projects, is their third full-length album with the title Empires Of Mediocracy. Eight tracks of so much influence from music that was in it’s prime mid/late 90’s. So much melody, that immediately made me think about bands like Dark Tranquillity and At The Gates. So much anger, that it would make Dissection and Unleashed to feel like they where in their own studio.
I can’t help it but I get a retro game feeling also. There are some guitar lines that would be suitable for an old fantasy/adventure game. Empires of Mediocracy is very much a headbangers dream. So friggin enjoyable. When i heard this album for the first time I was thinking to myself that this kind of metal have been done before, in a faster way, in a more evil way…but none of that really matters when the pulse of DunkelNacht latest album make it’s entry to your brain and body.
Written by K.P
Label: Non Serviam Records
For fans of: Behemoth and The Order Of Apollyon
Release date: February 28th, 2019
Favorite song: Empires Of Mediocracy
Score: 4/5 Incredible