Geïst - _Galeere_
(Lupus Lounge, 2009)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
The third album from Germany's Geïst, _Galeere_ is the first I've heard from them; but while I cannot comment on their evolution from _Patina_ and _Kainsmal_, 2009 sees these purveyors of sophisticated black metal at a rather interesting and accomplished point in their career. Possibly the closest comparison I can make is to a much more controlled Deathspell Omega, but as so often is the case, such comparisons can easily become misleading and even unfair. Indeed, every element in _Galeere_ has a clear and individual voice, and their ideas and arrangements do not come across as derivative. Theirs is a grand, atmospheric, and for lack of a better word, deep kind of black metal. (The sea is supposed to have been a major inspiration for them on this album, so perhaps that's not a bad adjective.)

_Galeere_ prominently displays strong and well produced guitar work and distinctive use of unobtrusive synths, all of it combined into a potent and coherent whole. The considerable length of all five tracks on offer was only to be expected; this is hardly a collection of brief demonic incantations of some sort, but rather a much more pondered and structured affair. Their long compositions -- while not quite Nagelfar's _Hünengrab im Herbst_, for a somewhat obscure reference -- are definitely good enough to maintain interest. Geïst are able to mix just enough doom and aggression into their music to ensure there is something for everyone with an interest in said genres. _Galeere_ is therefore recommended as possibly a very pleasant surprise for those who take the time to give it a chance.


(article published 30/7/2009)

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