|Review: Thunderkraft - Totentanz|
Label: Svarga Music
Year released: 2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: October 6, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Totentanz is the sophomore effort from Ukrainian symphonic black/death metal act Thunderkraft. Their brand of metal is a bizarre one to say the least, adopting symphonic/industrial elements into a melodic black/death metal base sound glossed over with some folk sensibility. It's hard to pinpoint other bands Thunderkraft sound like, but if you're at all interested in ludicrous extreme metal then Totentanz is the album for you. The main meat of the music here is thankfully the riffs which are big with a certain groove vibe. Stacked on top of these riffs are all manner of symphonic/electric parts which oft tend to play folk style melodies. The vocals are the typical accented jabber of acts such as Turisas or Finntroll and don't really add or detract.
This isn't really my cup of tea, and despite some genuinely headbanging riffs this is a little too off the wall for my taste. If you strive to listen to gimmicky, pompous, folk-style extreme metal acts then Thunderkraft will provide you with enjoyment in spades, and you can proudly show them off to like-minded associates. If you're looking for anything to really get your teeth into then I'd suggest venturing elsewhere.
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