The dramatic sonic collision between black metal and prog is something to behold on Frigoris’ Nur ein Moment …, an album rife with emotion. And rightfully so, given that it is the first of a two-part concept album that delves into the thoughts of a pained soul on the verge of committing suicide.
For those not versed in the German language, the storyline is one built solely around the music, given the vocals are spewed in the band’s native tongue. But in this case, it works. From the tension of epic 11-minute “Et in Arcadia Ego” to the desperate pace of “Truwen,” Frigoris dive deep into the immanency of suicide and the painful process of making such a tragic decision. The power of these nine tracks is unrelenting, even at their most sensitive and fragile, and the language barrier is overcome by the seismic intensity of the music.
Nur ein Moment …, which means “just one moment” in English, is a progressive, post-black metal masterpiece. Albums like this elevate metal to new levels, breaking apart stereotypes with emotion, intelligence and mastery.
Nur ein Moment … is out August 25 on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Pre-order it here!