Urfaust latest album is the result of the band’s continuing developing progress. Teufelsgeist is a thirty-four minute hymn to alcoholic intoxication and desperate views through in a state of delirium. The album starts with very bombastic keyboard waves and a satiate euphoria. IX (Willem) sings his odes in his own style with theatrical vocals spreading a mesmeric pace. Giving this music style a name isn’t easy. The black metal guitar riffs disappeared on Teufelsgeist and made way for dark gothic oriented soundscapes filled with rolling bass riffs (De Filosofie van een Gedesillusioneerde) and pounding drum patterns from VRDRBR (Nachtraaf). The murky moods on this album are enhanced with stark background effects and a vivid awareness of the drinking devil’s presence.
We were hammered by this epic piece of blackened avant-garde without a drop of alcohol. The titles of the tracks are in mesmerizing Dutch words like: Van Alcoholische Verbittering naar Religieuze Cult (From Alcoholic Bitterness to Religious Cult). The idea of listening to this music together with Jack, Glenn, Jim or gin makes us a little anxious about the devilish elaboration of the music mixed with the substances.
A special Teufelsgeist box with LP, CD and a 50cl bottle of gin with glass was almost immediately sold out. Check the band’s Bandcamp page for more info about the physical sound carriers of this almighty album.