Trümmer, which translates as 'debris', opens with a midtempo song with the same title. Driving on a rolling bass and steady drums, vocalist Fur spawns his nihilism in a highly convincing way. At times Zeit reminds me of Venom and some punk influenced black metal bands. In 'Splitter' the blast beats finally appear, along with some stoner rock influences. This combination gives the sound a highly refreshing touch.
But it gets even more devious than that. 'Stillstand' opens with a pure seventies psychedelic rock riff which makes this song an awesome rocker. This influence is seamlessly combined with the cold, harsh black metal sound. Gradually, I'm getting more and more stunned by this highly effective approach to the most furious genre in the history of music.
It might be interesting to mention that this album was recorded in a live setting. This gives the whole the 'true', vintage and not-overproduced sound. The result is a lesser sound quality than some modern black metal bands share but this is in no way a disadvantage for Zeit. The rough sound reinforces the feeling of solitute and despair and gives the e.p. a powerful aura.
In the end, Zeit doesn't really care what style of music they play. For them 'black metal' is just the easiest way to describe their music. Truth is, this music takes black metal as a foundation only. From there they take the liberty to express themselves in any way they want without trying to fit in or to stand out. They're absolutely right to do that. Trümmer is an excellent e.p., loaded with grimmness and nihilism in an almost primitive but highly effective way.