Klamm – Ernte

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Seventh Star Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.seventhstarrecords.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://seventhstar.bandcamp.com/album/ernte
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/KlammBand?fref=ts

Klamm2Band line-up:

Christian Kasperbauer – Guitars
Peter Biewer – Guitars
Wolfgang Bywalez – Vocals, Accordion
Simon Ludwig – Drums, Backing Vocals
Andres Gumpert – Bass, Violin


1. Anima
2. Windsaat
3. Vae Victis
4. Ernte
5. Mahl
6. Rauch
7. Zahltag
8. Exitus



Imagine Dutch folk metal heroes Heidevolk, and now imagine them in the same room as Irish folk devils Primordial, and now imagine what you would get if you took the signature elements of their indigenous tales and their atmosphere – employing local instruments and themes of local legends – and planted them in german soil; then what you would come back with would be the second studio outing of German folk/black outfit Klamm.

ERNTE is that album that will take everything you’ve seen and heard before in every major folk/black band from across the European continent and will make it unmistakably german. With the odd moment where the vocalist sounds like the Irish folk heroes Primordial and the few moments where I felt we were descending into DSBM territory with slow chugging and moroseness to rival Forgotten Tomb, but it plays on all your expectations if that is your kind of metal.

Several tracks like ‘Vae Victus’ and ‘Ernte’ are quite guttural in delivery, so something is there for anyone who appreciates the melodic death metal of bands like Ensiferum and Korpiklaani. I was also thinking of fellow Germans Dark Funeral and what they’d come back with if they started using more symphonies or local instruments like accordions in order to make something sound so typically german.

Structure wise, it’s like a raging maelstrom taking you down into the mighty depths of a ravine where you will find all your sorrows and the melody changes into a drone that is almost like Wolves in the Throne Room but then switches here and there like audible jump scare which sadly lose their sting quickly. This album was something of an adventure being able to recognise all the right influences and what this group were going for, but it did have its flaws.

I’m pleased with this studio outing from a band who’ve been on the road for 10 years. They’ve really done their homework on their choice of sound and incorporated enough to make it their own but I got the feeling they’d run low on ideas by the time the album was over, so I do wonder how the next album will hold up.

Nevertheless, one worthwhile journey into the Germanic take on all things blackened folk.

Review by Demitri Levantis