Totengeflüster is back with their third full length album, The Faceless Divine. The symphonic black metal band from Germany is active since 2007. While the previous two albums had a German title, they have chosen probably for promotional reasons, an English heading. A dark ambient intro provides immediately the misanthropic atmospheres this album contains. Totengeflüster plays raging symphonic black metal covered in haunting keyboard chords and insanely wood chopping by drummer Frostbitten. The death metal past from the technical rattling Frostbitten boosts the ferocious black metal melodies.
The band’s symphonic sound can be compared with Limbonic Art and Dimmu Borgir and flirts with black ‘n roll. Totengeflüster’s evil sounding softens in slower parts but with the growls and screams of Nahrengrund Nihilis and the thrashy dynamic guitar riffs, they stay intriguing. The quintet creates an overwhelming dark ambiance filled with mystery and variation. Besides two tracks with secretive lyrics in their native language the whole album was groaned and shrieked in English.
The Faceless Divine is a surprisingly very good and blasting symphonic work in the blackest regions of the musical spectra. Also, worth to mention is the album artwork by Simon Bossert. If you are in for a heavy and inspiring keyboard driven listening trip, Totengeflüster will wake the dead and let them whisper…