Lipsia - Faustus - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine! Sunday September 19 2021, 10:45 AM
Lipsia - Faustus - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine!

Lipsia - Faustus - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine ! Check it out here at this link: 

Faustus  are  a  duo  originally  from  Kyrgyzstan  but  now  resides  in  Germany  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Lipsia"  which  was  released  by  Careless  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  introducing   spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  along  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  tracks.

  Faustus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe's  classic  "Faust"  novel.  

  In  my  opinion  Faustus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Natur  ist  Sünde,  Geist  ist  Teufel"  "Der  Drudenfuß  auf  eurer  Schwelle".  8  out  of  10. - OccultBlackMetalZine

Release Date: July 18, 2019

FFO: Darkestrah, Serpent Column, Sørgelig

Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 's " Faust . Eine Tragodie ". Front cover by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1652. Black metal side project of Darkestrah .

Faustus is a jewel of the underground, I must say. It represents almost an optimal state of raw black metal, a genre with a strong focus on the atmosphere and the melodies instead of a high level of technical performance.

The intro contains several archived wind sounds, which are covered by noise as it approaches its end. Admittedly, intros are not necessarily a good addition to most albums, but the sheer cold atmosphere immediately threw me into the scene, and I just can't listen to this EP again without hearing it. The first real track on the album is "Die Natur ist Sünde, Geist ist Teufel", German for "Die Natur ist Sünde, der Geist ist der Teufel" and a quotation from Goethe, which matches the Faust reference on the artwork and the band name. It's very exciting to watch how the atmosphere slowly builds up and develops in a sad and very cold direction, which is simply the main feature of this EP. The harsh vocals of Resurgemus simply cut through the sound of the guitars and despite its incomprehensibility, it is very pleasant as it melts with the music.

Resurgemus, the vocalist and guitarist on this album, has done an incredible job. The sound of his riffs is typical for the raw and atmospheric nature of early German black metal and can be compared to many bands from the transition of millennia. The riffs are technically not too complex, but more than justify themselves by the skillful use of the fuzzy sound. The production quality is comparable to a recording made with a Nokia 3310 in a basement, but that's where part of the charm lies. Good production quality is not necessary with metal as long as the available resources are used intelligently, which is the case here.

Asbath was responsible for the drums and did a pretty decent job. His style is not too much based on blasting parts, which are quite pleasant and can be found on this album at certain times. The overall sound was not too loud, which is a very wise decision for this kind of music, as the focus should remain on the melodic and dark tones of the guitars. I was not openly impressed, but I am certainly far from being disappointed by the drums. - Vanass Heluphicclo - Metal Archives

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Titles translation:
1. The Witches of Brocken Mountain
2. Nature is Sin, Spirit is Devil
3. And Satan Leads the Ball
4. The Pentagram on your Threshold
5. The Leipzig Midnight

Recording information:

Recorded in December 2004 in Leipzig, Germany by Asbath and Resurgemus.

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