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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Манас-мститель / Manas: Avenger (9:41)
2. Память (Старик) / Memory (The Old Man) (7:22)
3. Победа / Victory (8:46)
4. Кыргызстан / Kyrgyzstan (4:01)
5. Манас-батыр / Manas: Warrior (10:52)

Total Time 40:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Sharthar / cello
- Asbath / drums, percussion, temir-komuz
- Resurgemus / keyboards, guitars
- Kriegtalith / vocals

Releases information

Released by Osmose Productions on May 17, 2013 (CD and vinyl). Cassette edition on Narcoleptica Productions released November 23, 2016.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by friso
4 stars Darkestrah was an in Germany based symphonic black metal band with roots in Kyrgyzstan. The way the band integrates its folklore roots into their often melancholy black metal style is quite unique. One can think of Mongolian battle hymns, historical string instruments and of course some throat singing mixed in with fierce metal riffs. The black metal arrangements are quite melodic and full of symphonic layers, though simple in structure. Of course the music is often dark and dead serious, but these chord progressions can also sound quite mystical and adventurous. On the second track 'Memory (the Old Man)' the vocals of female lead vocalist 'Kriegtalith' remind me a bit of the psychedelic singing of Renate Knaup (from Amon Duul II). My favorite song however is the dark and very dramatic 'Victory', though Darkestrah delivers an album of a very consistent quality here. The folk influences are spread well over the album and give the album a nice layer of atmospheric complexity. The album has a 'concept' feel, which is enhanced by the lyrics sheet. The production is very high-fi for an album in the black metal genre and the vinyl sounds great. I got this record from my brother (who's a great fan of black metal in general) and I did not expect to like it that much at all, but count me a fan of this great symphonic black metal album. It is a masterpiece of sorts I guess.

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