(8/10) Des isch fai arg guad. That's what the concludion sounds like in the Swabian dialect when it comes to Fortress Black's new EP.
After a demo and a first EP the black metal horde from Stuttgart, Germany releases new stuff on "I.N.R.I.".
This EP comes with six devastating black metal tracks that include far more than just premature shrieking.
Fortress Black adds post-metal to their sound by also including an enormous punch in each of the tunes.
"Endzeit" is the opener. It's a heavy drum sound that's first, followed by a brutal riff. The number is kept midpace which transports an 'Endzeit' vibe.
Compared to this hate explosion the beginning of the disc, "Leave Me Alone" is almost a swinging one with a clear message.
The galloping rhythm of "Lost Soul" adds another component to Fortress Black's sound. The tune is a harsh post-metal rocker that is well crafted.
The silent start of "Now I Lay me Down" makes you think about a ballad. You can bury this thought after a minute when the first guitars destroy the harmony.
The title track is a raging composition with German lyrics that is filled with depair. Time for the closer. "The Poison Belt" is the fastest song on the EP with some intelligent breaks that are well placed. I think that this is, together with "Endzeit", the best tune on the EP.
Stuttgart gets black. Fortress Black reflects the dark side if the Swabian soul, embedded it in a really thrilling EP.
If you're already done with X-mas, than this is your record.
- Leave Me Alone
- Lost Soul
- Now I Lay Me Down
- The Poison Belt
Label: Demons Run Amok Entertainment
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date EU: December 4th, 2015