Total Negation - Zeltzeuge (Temple Of Torturous)

Crispy blackened doom metal...
Release Date: 
15 Jun 2015 - 11:30pm

Having regained full hearing capacity, I'm currently loving (almost) everything that I'm listening to - including Total Negation's Zeltzeuge. A one man/solo project, there's bags of black metal feels to be had with this but it's not just a black metal affair as there's quite a thick doom vibe to many of the tracks on here. Check out opener Betrachter; it's raspy and sharp but then there are sections where it gets all doomy and slow. It's most intriguing. Fluechtling (all of the tracks are, as are the vocals, in German, I think?) shows off more of that slow doom quality but the tone of the guitars is high and some kind of haunting keyboard stalks about in the background while Wiedergaenger (at least I think that's his name...) howls in his native tongue. It's a proper black metal vocal, full of chisels and other sharp objects. But then it all gets a bit softer and eerie musical box effects come to the fore, merging with feedback and other strange instruments. A weird falsetto operatic vocal drifts about the place and the atmosphere is set to 'exceptionally spooky'. The vocal is particularly forlorn on here - and there's a bit of a bass break towards the back end of the track. Splendid stuff.

There are only six tracks on here but quite a few push past the six, seven or eight minute mark - and there's such diversity to each individual composition that you're not likely to find yourself getting bored. There's definitely enough grunt to keep the more traditionally minded listeners happy yet Total Negation has managed to tweak the black metal formula enough to produce something that's also going to satisfy folk after something a bit different. Augenzeuge shows this point off admirably; it's got the dusty croak of familiarity but it also has so much bass and blasting in the mix that it pleases me no end. Another fine example is Kronzeuge which almost gets a bit funky with xylophones (Xylophones?! Imagine that in a black metal tune). Well fruity. If you really fancy something that's a bit different then give this wee beasty a go...