1. Ons Vrije Fatum 06:49 2.
Binnenstebuiten 08:32 3.
Bitterzoet 06:46 4.
Helemaal naar huis 11:08
Side B 5.
De tijd vóór 02:49 6.
De roes na 10:09 7.
Er wordt op mij gewacht 08:43
DUNKELHEIT PRODUKTIONEN is
proud to present LASTER's highly anticipated second album, Ons vrije
fatum. In 2014, DUNKELHEIT released LASTER's debut album, De verste
verte is hier, and it went on to be hailed as a visionary work of
modern black metal, blending grimness and gorgeousness in equal
measure. Here on Ons vrije fatum, the Dutch trio strive for an even
bolder vision, maximizing the emotional pull of its epic predecessor by
reigning in song lengths to more digestable trajectories whilst
exploring an even wider expanse of sonic/atmospheric possibility. It's
a record that explodes with a harrowing harshness, particularly in the
vocal department, but which peels back its layers as the album
progresses - and yet adds more, mysterious layers during its duration.
Its violence, its ceaseless sturm und drang, is firmly rooted within
black metal, but LASTER's increasingly ambitious approach strives for
hinterlands of the soul & spirit not conventionally nor
conveniently labelled "black metal."
With this strive, Ons vrije fatum sends one cascading wave of autumnal,
almost-baroque bliss after another; tension builds and builds, a
hysteric and nearly wounded sense of grimness, and then is released
with spiraling swooshes of clean-guitar overlay and brooding bass-work,
all to be built up again and explored in myriad manners. And although
the four-song De verste verte is hier maintained a most epic aspect,
with three of those four songs exceeding 10 minutes, here LASTER manage
to move adeptly across comparatively more compact songwriting - never
settling for too long, nor moving too quickly away from a potentially
awe-inspiring construct - all the while adding subtle flourishes of
electronics and even saxophone.
Through it all, Ons vrije fatum maintains a production that ably
balances grit and gleam, grounded in the dirt and yet eyes wide open to
the sun-setting horizon. With aesthetic ties to Agalloch, Strid, and
early Ulver, nowhere this year will you find a more penetrating
emotional rollercoaster than LASTER's Ons vrije fatum. (Text by
Mixed at Catacomben Studios in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Mastered by
Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony (Germany).
(c) 2012 BY DUNKELHEIT PRODUKTIONEN. ALL RIGHTS