Released: Janu, Nihilistische Klangkunst
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Whenever I discover a band who have put out some very good music but little is available about them on the internet or from their record label, it certainly makes the music a tiny bit more interesting. Kerker are one of those bands who have put out one very impressive piece of German black metal and their almost anonymity online did give it all the mystery and eeriness that I would expect from a black metal album.
Kerker’s debut studio outing A DIME FOR ALL THE BLEAK FACES, has everything you need to please fans of the old school, the rawest of the raw and the horror film driven gothic. ‘Dethronement’ of kings really packs a punch with its lo-fi drones and drums similar to Hellhammer on De Mystiriis Dom Sathanas, plus a heavy bass that sounds incredible on the right headphones. The title track also has a rapturous opening with a gravity blast that pleased me a lot and the guitar melds into a buzzsaw that it keeps up for the most of the album.
‘Prague’ then brings in the gothic side with a piano which reminded me of many tales of lost love and inner passions in the darkest of days. Kerker know how to balance all the right elements to please all those listening into their music. Their diversity whilst maintaining a raw and jagged image would make lots of fans ask ‘who are these guys?’ or ‘where do they come from?’ or ‘how long has this been around?’
For one very mysterious band we have a very mysteriously pleasing debut album that is definitely worthy of a second listen. If you like your black metal stripped down to the most minimal when it comes to scene status, these guys are for you.
Review by Demitri Levantis