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Nachtblut Get Groovy On “Lied Für Der Götter”

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You know it’s autumn when “goth metal” starts hitting your inbox. The encroaching darkness of fall means there is more time for sipping your finest pinot noir in an open shirt. There’s no better time to lounge in an oversized victorian chair in a room lit only by candles while laughing ominously. Maybe this is when you reach for bands like Moonspell and Cradle of Filth, both of which are releasing new albums. Both are great soundtracks to luxuriating in billowing blouses. There is nothing wrong with that, but say you’re looking for something a bit more “skin tight leather” and less “flowing velvet.”

That’s where Germany’s Nachtblut comes in. Their newest single “Lied Für Der Götter,” which you can stream below along with its music video, is a brawny invitation to move, not brood.

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Both audibly and visually, the flashy aesthetics of “Lied Für Der Götter” belie a conventional structure. Once you get past the caked-on makeup and matching contact lenses, Nachtblut comport themselves like any other rock band, brandishing their instruments with exaggerated cool and pouting for the camera (except for their drummer who suffers from an advanced case of “look at my right hand” disease).

Similarly, despite starting with a flute lead and slathering on a thick orchestral paste, “Lied Für Der Götter” is at its heart a pumping, no-bullshit rock song. Everything revolves around the pile-driving 4/4 pulse. Anytime you try to step away from it, the guitars and vocals push you right back into the center. Nachtblut have no use or interest in syncopation. Their commitment is infectious, and their narrow focus lets them hone in on subtle shifts in rhythm that should send even the moodiest among us to the dance floor.

The orchestral accents and makeup shouldn’t be given the short end of the stick though. After all, it’s the aesthetic flourishes that make this type of metal so much fun. Sure, Nachtblut could have made a more meat-and-potatoes version of “Lied Für Der Götter,” but the direction they took instead is much more delicious. Nachtblut understand that metal can be absurd and theatrical without losing aim of the audience’s hips.

Apostasie will be released on October 13th via Napalm. Follow Nachtblut on Facebook.

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