Black Reuss - Metamorphosis - Reviewed At Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2021/09/22/black-reuss-metamorphosis/
Stylistically, doom is a huge umbrella. From Black Sabbath worship, through stoner sounds and onto bleak melancholy. Underneath this canopy are Black Reuss as the Swiss outfit deliver their debut album ‘Metamorphosis’.
‘Metamorphosis’ is the first in a quadrilogy of albums exploring life through the metaphor of the Black Reuss river which runs through the Swiss mountains. As the listener would expect, Black Reuss is a huge monolith of melancholy and ‘Metamorphosis’ is not a happy album. But, you knew that already, therefore, what the listener gets is the ability to explore the darker side of emotions through tracks such as ‘Grief’, ‘Fear’ and ‘Love’ which have all the appeal of the likes of Katatonia, Paradise Lost and even Type O Negative as the band deliver a slow grinding gothic doom background against aesthetically pleasing baritone vocals with even some riffs locking into a Black Sabbath style groove. However, ‘Metamorphosis’ is a long album and it requires some serious discipline and staying power to listen to the album in its entirety without getting distracted and wandering off with its relatively same sound throughout.
That aside, ‘Metamorphosis’ is a decent way to start, from here Black Reuss will be able to build on this sound throughout their subsequent albums. It might not be the best, but it will have a lot of appeal to gothic doom fans. Metal Digest
Release Date: June 4, 2021
FFO: Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Black Sabbath
Black Reuss is the flow of life of a man who describes the change and chapter he experienced, through music. Life is like a river, always moving, mostly downward. The name originates from the river Reuss, a Swiss river that rises in the Gotthard massif in the middle of Switzerland, where Black Reuss lived during the writing of Metamorphosis.
Stylistically, Black Reuss is at home in doomy heavy metal with a touch of melancholy and a certain heaviness, the heaviness that has accompanied Black Reuss in some chapters of his life. And as in the river, which carries more and more water, the experiences, and insights that Black Reuss collects on his way are more and more, until one day the light goes out and disappears in the eternal sea. Black Reuss will be 4 chapters, Metamorphosis, Journey, Arrival and Death, taking the audience on this trip on the raven waters of the River of life.
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Metamorphosis is the first album, released on June 4, 2021 on Black Reuss own label. The first stage of life is about the transformation, the transformation of a man who is between worlds and nowhere really at home. Struggles with himself and with the world. Will Black Reuss make the journey? What will he encounter in his transformation, what will he take with him and what not? There is one person behind Black Reuss. Music, compositions, production, lyrics everything is from one pen and as close to the person behind Black Reuss as it can be. "All is one, all seems to be in balance, all is one, the journey can begin now"
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