Endstille are quick to point out their origins in Schleswig-Holstein, as opposed to the rest of Germany. This northern state abuts Denmark and is home to the annual Wacken Open Air festival. Schleswig-Holstein's disposition is evidently more Scandinavian than German, which helps explain Endstille's near-perfect take on black metal.

Among Our Glorious Existence
Endstilles Reich

The cover of Endstilles Reich (Regain, 2007) depicts post-WWII Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein. War is a natural obsession for Germans. But being German and war-obsessed does not automatically make one evil. Endstille are firmly anti-NSBM; they opened 2003's Fr