time ago there were several bands infatuated with depressive melancholic
Black metal, nowadays very few; after all the old aphorism 'Only the
strong survive' that
I'd complete with 'and the most committed' is
still true, and indeed truer than ever these days.
This one-man project hails from Wisconsin and its cold Aryan hymns are
based on razor-blade cutting guitars and suffering or majestically deadly
vocals mixed very in the background, even if unfortunately only two
lyrics were lucky enough to find place on the booklet; of these, "Endless
Nights" is an unreleased track which didn't appear on the 5-track
tape released by Terrorwolfe productions two years ago. "Suicide
Winds" appears twice, although the latter doesn't differ very
much if not in the end.
The six tracks exceed 39 minutes and are reserved to a niche of listeners
owing to their plain obsessiveness and scarce rhythm variations as for
guitars and drums, that may often be perceived as repetitiveness by
most not professionals in this field. What matters above all is the
atmosphere of expressionist Black and Vinlandic heritage spirit reawakened.
The foggy and radioactive riffs contained in "I Follow"
expose a contrast between the uncontaminatedness of nature and man's
intervention, alternating with some other more lively guitars - a bit
lower tuned; all of this contributes to make this song even a little
Venomian and Bathorian, but the icy on the cake is the convincing answer
to the 1,000,000 $ question about which mountains of books have been
written throughout the history: the meaning of life from an Aryan mysticism
point of view.
An effective cover version of Burzum's often pillaged classic "Ea,
Lord of the Depths" makes it worth listening; many tried to
cover it, many failed. Veil do it in a simple but groovy fashion and
that's a nother plus getting added to the final positive judgment about
The over 11 minutes of "Endless Night" come from the
demo sessions and fill an album with a composition more epic and catchy
than the rest, yet still deep rooted in the Madison act's style, ending
with a furious made heavier closing trill escape.
All in all, despite the strong Burzum influence, there are more bands
that can get related to these compositions; so as to be more precise,
"Dolor" is desirable particularly for habitual consumers
of Drudkh, Wigrid, I Shalt Become, Nargaroth, Abyssic Hate, the Satanic
Warmaster of "Of the Night" and a few emerging Italian
combos such as Forgotten Tomb and Beatrik; notwithstanding, the one-man
compositor Stolzträger can be proud for releasing a rather personal
and ably arranged debut that will make all Black metal fanatics in general
satisfied at the least, independently from the lyrics that some won't
After all, a band definitely to follow through its entire artistical
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th May 2006