With a primordially sensible and humane disposition, the songs displayed on this spectacular masterpiece are marvelous symphonies of everlasting splendor; they announce in the melancholy of its sentimental grief the downfall of an infinite winter, absconded in harmonies where the human conscience is latent and vivaciously predominant, eager to decipher the mosaic of melodies that are perfectly aligned here, to compose the painful panorama of the solitary vicissitudes of all the disdainful human spiritual dilemmas and disturbances. The philosophic musical anatomy of the work transpires the security of its sincere and tender sensibility, and its correlated universe of gracious, vindictive and serious despondencies flows spontaneously, in the lyrical placidity of an introspective world of ghostly delusions.
With reflexive, afflictive and existential overtones, the musicality of Karg is enthralled in exasperated, but overtly diluted tonalities. The vocals – which are amazingly pungent, sentimental and deeply proficient, express with anguished delicacy the darkness exposed in the artistic sonorous layout of the songs – can be regarded as the only traditional element; everything else is indebted to an original and fantastic conjuncture of creative devices, marvelously conceived by the artist to project a primordial and lunar dehydration of realities concentrated in elementary quasi-epic symphonies, able to highlight its own agony over an eternity of emotional splendor, which becomes quite obvious when the mostly esoteric harmonies fall over your dilated sensibilities, to consolidate around the density of your serenity an impetus of sincere and abundant grace.
A marvelous and different album, that consolidates melodic black metal as the philosophic portrait of a fantastic, but frivolous reality, the wonderful symphonies present on this glorious masterpiece are magnificent lessons on rapturous creativity, whose level of poetic beauty is definitely beyond the surreal contingences of its audacious musical hyperboles. Undoubtedly, Dornenvögel is one of the most gracious and splendid albums ever released in the genre, and deserves to become a reference, for the sake of a cohesive acknowledgment of its own fundamental artistic glory.