Moritat is album number two from German Black Metal band DER ROTE MILAN, but my first go ‘round with them. They are described as “Melodic Black Metal” and while I can certainly get that, to me they’re more like “We’re ripping your house apart and throwing sinks at you” Black Metal. Jeezus H. Christ, these songs are like chaos in a bottle waiting to be uncorked. I’m talking nuclear warheads in your kitchen Weird Science-style here. Yet as I type this there is a definite push and pull dynamic, like in the opener “Die Habsucht.” Moments of calm, not unlike the eye of a hurricane are quickly swept away by loud, nasty riffs, and blood-curdling screams.
“Drohende Scatten” definitely goes right for the jugular while also pummeling you again and again. “Gnosis der Vergänglichkeit” was an immediate standout largely due to the rather beautiful intro followed by the slow, stalking tempo of the whole thing. For seven minutes and change it is the hunter and you are the prey, so deal with that. The thing with “Der letzte Galgen” is that I wasn’t sure where it was going at first, but the journey sure turned out to be fun. “Der Findling” can only be described as a Black Metal Funeral Dirge-meets-back alley street fight. I wasn’t sure if it was for me, and quite frankly I’m still not. I guess time will tell.
Closing the album is the twelve minute number and title track “Moritat.” The riffs come steady, much like bullets from an M-60 machine gun, and blast beats are in full abundance, something that always pleases me. THIS is without a doubt the album’s best cut, and one I can listen to again and again. The kitchen sink WILL whiz by your head, I guarantee it! All told I really like DER ROTE MILAN, and this is a great record. They weren’t on my radar before, but they are firmly in my crosshairs now. Moritat is out now via Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork, and it’s an album that any Black Metal fan should add to their collection with a quickness.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Moritat”, ““Gnosis der Vergänglichkeit”, “Die Habsucht”