Today, German atmospheric black metallers Firtan reveal the new track “Labsal.” The track is the second single from the band’s highly anticipated third album, Marter, set for international release on September 30th via AOP Records. See & hear the video for Firtan‘s “Labsal” HERE at AOP Records‘ official YouTube channel.
Since their fortuitous formation in 2010, Firtan have been dedicated to a unique strain of extreme metal and have steadily built an enraptured audience across countless shows in their native Germany and abroad. Granted, the band’s roots lay in black metal, particularly those pivotal days of the 1990s, but over the course of two acclaimed albums – 2014’s Niedergang and especially 2018’s Okeanos – Firtan have effortlessly integrated an eclecticism that has become more self-contained and increasingly kaleidoscopic. Now, they arguably deliver their masterwork: Marter.
Immediately, the trademark Firtan sound is felt – riffing that’s raging yet gorgeous, atmosphere that’s autumnal yet cliche-free, compositions that span epic lengths yet remain judiciously compact – and Marter stuns after first listen. However, delve deeper and you’ll find that Firtan have become more daring in their soundfield, incorporating more acoustics, synths, and strings to flesh out that always-poignant atmosphere. Amazingly, the band never busy up that soundfield; everything sounds rich and robust but in its proper place, every tone resounding endlessly through the soul. That Firtan take Marter in sometimes diametrically opposed directions – violent vs. restrained, explosive vs. placid, righteously black metal vs. something approaching neoclassical – often all during the course of a song, speaks to the band’s masterful approach to songwriting. Some might even liken Marter to “post-black metal,” which is okay with them: Firtan are simply performing their own interpretation of black metal.
Fittingly, the theme of Marter deals with the isolation of the modern individual who finds himself torn between spiritual hope and existential failure – and Firtan vividly paint this panorama in their most dazzling hues yet. And just like its massive predecessor, Marter was recorded at the esteemed studio Klangschmiede E with Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak/Empyrium. Completed by grandiose cover art courtesy of Władysław Podkowiński, Marter is a milestone of the dynamic German black metal scene – and Firtan have arrived as reigning kings.
Herald that arrival with the brand-new video “Labsal” HERE at AOP Records‘ official YouTube channel. Further herald that arrival with the previously revealed video “Amor Fati” HERE, also at AOP Records‘ official YouTube channel.
Additionally, Firtan will be embarking upon a German tour later in October; full list of dates and poster art follow after the jump. Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Firtan’s Marter
2. Amor Fati
9. Medomai (bonus track*)
*available on vinyl and CD boxset
21.10.2022 Lenzburg (CH) | Met-Bar Lenzburg
22.10.2022 München | Backstage München
27.10.2022 Mörlenbach/Weiher | LIVE MUSIC HALL
28.10.2022 Oberhausen | Helvete Pub – Club
29.10.2022 Weimar | Uhrenwerk Weimar
30.10.2022 Hamburg | Bambi galore