Review DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT ‘Noktvrn’

If you follow the development of Der Weg Einer Freiheit, you will come across several interesting facts, which are not insignificant for understanding the band and its music.

The brain behind the band is Nikita Kamprad, who founded the outfit together with frontman Tobias Jaschinsky. Initially, Der Weg Einer Freiheit existed in parallel with Fuck Your Shadow From Behind, a melodic deathcore band in which the two were also involved. However, since Kamprad’s heart always beat for black metal, Der Weg Einer Freiheit began to take real shape and was not initially intended to be long-lasting. The self-titled debut album from 2010 doesn’t really have a name, as it was meant to be a one-off. Positive feedback, fan reactions and generally positive media coverage, however, were the go-ahead to continue.
What is impressive about Kamprad and Der Weg Einer Freiheit is the fact that nothing can be packed into pre-pressed boxes. The new album ‘Noktvrn’ is a prime example of this.

Of course, the new longplayer includes the raging moments known from black metal and also screeching vocals can be found more than once, especially on the tracks with German lyrics. However, this can only partially describe ‘Noktvrn’ and what you get to hear on this album goes beyond the boundaries of black metal.

‘Noktvrn’ is a very dark album. This does not only concern the music itself. Rather, it is the theme of ‘night’, ‘darkness’ and ‘dreams’ that give the album a lyrical concept. Songs like ‘Immortal’ are created in a border zone between sleep and wakefulness, which is a new experience. The song also reflects this musically, considering the quiet moments that alternate with real outbursts.
Looking at the music, it is noticeable that ‘Noktvrn’ begins acoustically. ‘Finisterre II’ doesn’t need loud riffs to create a basic atmosphere for an album that shows the inspiration and influences of Chopin as well as the harsh black metal style. Chopin’s cycle ’21 Nocturnes’ with solo-pieces for piano impact the songs in this album and also the title, with small adjustments, clearly indicates the connection.

Also new is the fact that Kamprad recorded songs in English. ‘Immortal’ has already been mentioned and also ‘Haven’ is written in English. Moreover, these are the tracks which are calmer and feature clean vocals. The harsh songs remain in German, which according to Kamprad with its edginess fits better to the screaming black metal.

In summary, it can be said that ‘Noktvrn’ is a very sophisticated and well-done album. Not just wild riff orgies and nasty vocals were forged together here. ‘Noktvrn’ consists of many components, which result in an impressive overall composition. There is much to discover and those who invest a little bit of time can immerse themselves in impressive sound worlds, which bring surprising things to light again and again.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Finisterre II
  2. Monument
  3. Am Rande der Dunkelheit
  4. Immortal
  5. Morgen
  6. Gegen das Licht
  7. Haven

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Avant-Garde Black Metal

Release Date EU: November 19th, 2021

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