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Review: Dies Ater - Through Weird Woods
Dies Ater
Through Weird Woods

Label: Last Episode Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 42:19
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: February 17, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Through Weird Woods

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Dies Ater is a symphonic Black Metal band hailing from Germany. And this is where it hurts. What I have here is a very good metal album which at the same time is a bad Black Metal album. The album starts off with an instrumental intro that could almost be used on a Power Metal album - it's not a bad intro, it just doesn't fit the bill on a Black Metal album. There is also another instrumental on the album that sounds half-done, with a background music that, if left alone, could have been pretty good. The keyboard work that's most prevalent in the song however sounds a bit amateurish and somewhat ruins the song. Too bad.

Now beside those points, some of the songs are a little too happy-sounding, at least in part. I'm sorry, but by definition, Black Metal is not meant to be happy. There are however a lot of Black Metal influences here, so Dies Ater can't be totally excluded from the category. I guess that, to some extent, you could compare them to Dimmu Borgir sound in the last couple of albums, at least for the most BM-sounding songs. Of course we're not talking raw cult Black Metal here...

Ok, for the good stuff... Despite the previous comments, this is still a pretty good metal album that I enjoy listening to. Some of the riffs are pretty catchy, and the majority of the songs have a good ring to them. The main reason I give it a 3.25 is really that it isn't exactly what it claims to be. Noteworthy is the fact that some of the songs have lyrics in German.

So, bottom line, competent stuff, just don't expect real evil Black Metal. My feeling is that those who dig Dimmu Borgir will probably like this as well.

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