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Mar 31

Varg – Götterdämmerung EP (2017)

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With over 10 years in the metal scene, five studio albums under their belt, several European and North American tours, and a record number of European festival participations, including their own festival, Wolfsfest. The German wolves of Varg are about to released a new EP titled Götterdämmerung (Gods Dawn) this April. 

Little over a year since their fifth studio album Das Ende aller Lügen released in January last year, the German wolf pack who has been quite busy since their studio album release with tours and festival appearances all over Europe, even had the time to record and release this new four-song EP titled Götterdämmerung. The EP itself is an extension of what they show on Das Ende aller Lügen, but with a more twisted sound. 

The EP opens with the title track Götterdämmerung one of the most explosive songs on the EP, a really furious and fast paced track, that had a lot of melodic twists and turn, a real headbanger song. It seems that Varg has left aside the folk component for a bit and have been focusing on a more industrialized sound. Hel is the heaviest track of the EP full of interesting riffs that range from industrial to black metal at times. Definitely, the band has taken their music to a new extreme on this EP, which could be an indication that Varg has not reached their maximum extreme sound yet. 

Beißreflex has more melody and it’s a more uptempo track from what they did with the previous two songs. This doesn’t mean that is not as heavy and fast, but we can say that it’s a more passive song that the rest of the EP. Knochenpfad closes the EP with a more narrative and epic song, a bit dark and a bit more industrial than the rest of the EP. Knochenpfad is an interesting concept of wolfman soundtrack and industrial club song all mixed together. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the EP. 

Varg continues to grow heavier and more apart from those early folk metal roots that I remember seeing when they toured with Eluveitie and Wintersun in 2012 and later as part of the Paganfest bill of 2014. It’s interesting to see how bands evolved and the German wolf pack has done an incredible job of consolidating a more extreme and industrial sound since their debut in 2005. I hope they comeback to the US at some point in the future as I think some of these new songs would have a great response with the American crowds. 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Wolfsfest
Varg w/ Debauchery, Milking The Goatmachine
15.04.17 DE – BOCHUM / Matrix Bochum
16.04.17 DE – STUTTGART / LKA Longhorn
17.04.17 DE -NÜRNBERG / Der Hirsch
21.04.17 DE -LEIPZIG / Hellraiser Leipzig
22.04.17 DE – MÜNCHEN / Backstage München
29.04.17 CH – PRATTELN / Konzertfabrik Z7
05.05.17 DE – BERLIN / Huxley’s Neue Welt
06.05.17 DE – HAMBURG / Markthalle-Hamburg

Tracklist: 

Götterdämmerung
Hel
Beißreflex
Knochenpfad

Genre: Wolf-Metal 

Label: Napalm Records

Lineup: 

Freki – Vocals, Guitars
Managarm – Guitars
Hati – Guitars
Skoll – Bass
Fenrier – Drums

Links: 

www.facebook.com/VargOfficial
www.varg.de

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