VÖ / OUT: 20.10.2017 ####
"Sterbende Erde" (Dying Earth) is the debut album of THAKANDAR. After the release of their first demo in 2009 and an EP in 2011, the five musicians have taken a long time to compose a full-length album with selected songs and a strong atmosphere. It was especially important that the songs complement each other to tell a whole story. Recorded, mixed and mastered in November 2016 at Klangschmiede Studio E under the direction of Black Metal mastermind Markus Stock (Empyrium, The Vision Bleak, Sun of the Sleepless), the album will be released October, 20th 2017 by Einheit Produktionen. In addition to the band members several guest musicians were also involved in the recordings. On the only track featuring English lyrics, "Signal of Sorrow", Lestaya (Ferndal) contributed a cello performance, which was recorded in the band´s rehearsal room. You can hear the voice of Ricarda Krabbemeyer on the songs "Hinter dem Schatten" and "Signal of Sorrow". She also recorded the piano on "Todesmarsch II: Verbannung". Furthermore, there are keyboard parts performed by Alboin (Eïs, Ferndal) on the tracks "Sterbende Erde", "In der Asche der Alten" and "Todesmarsch II: Verbannung". ####
A special lyrical concept runs like a red thread through all titles: In a post-apocalyptic world the last scattered remnants of human civilization fight for their survival. The listener gradually realizes that mankind is responsible for its failures and after every new beginning is doomed again by decadence, waste and greed. The album "Sterbende Erde" is a work full of figuarative metaphors and a decent portion of social criticism. Combined with melodic Black Metal, which is not only suitable for fans of the genre, but also for newcomers. ####
Musician´s / Press Quotes ####
"THAKANDAR may have set a dystopia to music: With their melodic but powerful, modern Black Metal, they strive for the label “scene hopefuls”." (Christoph Kuzner) SONIC SEDUCER ####
"With lyric sheet in hand and the unusual cover which perfectly fits the unique, dystopian Black Metal „Sterbende Erde“ will develop a long-time effect." (BTJ) 12/15 points LEGACY ####
"Diversified and quite melodic Black Metal from Osnabrück featuring German lyrics and technically demanding approach!"
(Hendrik Meiners) AMBOSS ####
"In its best moments THAKANDAR's continuously well-crafted music reminds of the melodic Black Metal of Eïs."
(Simon Bodesheim) METAL1 ####
"... THAKANDAR attach importance to diversity, which is perfectly performed by the instrumental section. Like a red thread the concept of a post-apocalyptic, dying world runs through all of the tracks." (Janko) 84/100 points LACK OF LIES ####
“Refined by the skillful hands of Markus Stock at Studio E, the full-length debut of THAKANDAR offers a coal-black, compelling and haunting piece of Melodic Black Metal you don’t want to miss!” (Tentakel P.) TODTGELICHTER ####
“"Sterbende Erde" is raw, undefined, dystopian and full of desperate rage. A very successful combination of all that the 90s had to offer in Melodic Black Metal and the bands of that time have still done right. A must buy for all purists!”
Nachtgarm (Negator / King Fear / ex-Dark Funeral).