There’s no such thing as “too much black metal”, nor such a thing as “too German black metal”. If there were such things, Rimruna would certainly be at least one of them. Taking it back to basics they never really left, these fine Berlin boys and their sophmore album are veritable studies in classic black metal.
The sound and production have some affinity with Burzum, but a better description would be that it sounds like a slightly more polished version of Torgeist, Vlad Tepes or other Les Légions Noires acts. This means fuzzy guitars, fast drums with numerous slower passages and high pitched, raspy screams for vocals. There’s more than one Darkthrone riff in here, and Immortal’s Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism would also be something to mention if you tried to explain this to someone who knew only the bigger names of the genre. Somewhat more obscure references would be Swedish early 90’s BM act Trone Of Ahaz, but really any number of generic (which, once again, is a positive thing in this particular brand of metal) black metal names could do.
One thing that does stand out on this album is the length of the tracks: excepting the intro and the outro, none of the four songs on Der Hatz Entronnen are shorter than 12 minutes, and at least one is pushing 14. This adds an epic element that is not to be underestimated. “Tor der Zeit” is a good track to begin with, but after building for about ten minutes, the finale – when very fast blast beats are succeeded by a Filosofem style mid-tempo riff – reaches excellence. The following track “Wirren” is also very nice, with its headbanging opening riff giving way to a complex array of very black, very metal and very fast segments ripping your socks right off. It is unbelievably intense, and really the two following tracks are no worse.
The cover is also spectacular; a black and white image displaying the sound of this album loud and clear, using only a few branches and a slice of farmland. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Der Hatz Entronnen is a great piece of traditional – very traditional – black metal. There are longing and mournful melodies, slightly thrashy interludes, fast passages with ringing ride cymbals and an over all great atmosphere. Enemies of the genre have nothing to gain here, but then again they don’t count.