Krieg has returned with a new album which shows the band continuing their trademark United States style of black metal while also continuing to experiment and try new things with their music and this is a review of their 2014 album "Transient" which will be released in September by Candlelight Records.
A very dark drone style sound starts off the album along with some elements of noise before going into a more heavier and darker musical direction which slowly evolves into more of a raw black metal direction along with some grim screams and blast beats along with a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts
A good portion of the music on this recording brings back and old school feeling to black metal while also mixing it in with more of an experimental sound at times and on some of the tracks the vocals go into a deeper direction while also remaining purely in a blackened direction and you can also hear the energy of crust punk in certain sections of the recording.
When melodies are added into the music the album starts evoking more of a dark feeling and after awhile the music starts bringing in small amounts of post rock and shoegaze which do not water down the bands musical sound, on the 7th track shouting style vocals are utilized briefly and they add an industrial feeling to the bands raw black metal sound and the bass guitars also have a very powerful sounding presence on this song while some of the later songs have more of a post punk vibe to them and on the 10th track more drones are added into the music along with some spoken word parts and acoustic guitars while the last track sees the band returning back to their black metal roots
Krieg remain true to their black metal sound while also being even more experimental this time around and creating an album that is very different from the stuff they have done in the past and once again they prove you can being very original without losing their dark approach to black metal, the production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the lyrics cover dark, poetic and philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Krieg and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Order Of The Solitary World" "To Speak With Ghosts" "Walk With Them Unnoticed" and "Gospel Hand". 8 out of 10.