Kerker - Ban All Lights (2016, Nihilistische KlangKunst)
After a couple of years as an unpaid music reviewer, no the bosses at LMDM don’t provide any pay but they let us walk without our chains ten minutes per day, you get a flair for the new to little known bands just at gazing the artwork or a first full listen. Two options are in your face for almost nine times out of ten : the record sounds a lot like the current trends or it is an emulate of a Golden era of the said genre. In the case of the Germans of Kerker and their LP Ban All Lights this is the second option.
Their influences, starting with the DarkThrone drumming and riffing to the Abbath/Immortal like vocals of the Pure Holocaust period are screaming the Second Wave of Black Metal especially coming out of Norway. Sometimes it is a good thing other it is not to emulate Gorgoroth like Taake did is not an easy task to do since the genre has been saturated by countless bands.
Kerker’s interpretation of the Second Wave of BM is far from being a failure or bad. This is actually good and well done in its ensemble.
So to say that Ban All Lights is a tryout at a worn out genre would be an euphemism. Don’t get me wrong because I cherish the same bands as they do and keep their work in high respect. However, if I want to hear A Blaze In The Northern Sky or Under The Sign Of Hell I’ll spin the original not a copy-paste. Trying to recreate what has been captured over two decades ago with an urgency that is not palpable anymore won’t have the same impact nor the same energy.
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