Something tells me that Totenwolf is NSBM. There isn’t a whole lot of information available about this band out there, so I could be wrong. This is one of those rare cases when the internet is absolutely useless when researching a band, and most of the sources that I usually use to get info were lacking in details. Here is what I know about Totenwolf: they’re from Russia and this is their second album. That’s it. They have a website on MySpace, but it is blocked to everyone not listed as a “friend” of the band. Every site that had anything about the band was entirely in Russian, and the various translation utilities (Google & Bing) were pretty useless. The fact that they’re blocking access to their site tells me that they’re being deliberately secretive, which is a hallmark of an NSBM band. Regardless of how popular groups like the Golden Dawn party are getting, most countries still have a problem with Nazism. The band name is a not so subtle hint, as is the fact that they have songs with titles like “Werewolf” and “Post Holocaust Night.” Still, nothing about this band is blatantly NS. Politics aside, Totenwolf is a cut above the average Black Metal band. The production here is very good. No instrument is overly loud and there is plenty of punch in the guitars. Musically, the songs are mostly mid-paced melodic Black Metal, but Totenwolf knows how to slow down and get heavy. The strongest parts of Night Path of Pest are the Doom-infused sections. These guys know how to work a Doomy groove into their music. This is helped by the production. A Necro production would have killed this album right from the start. The fact that there is more bottom-end in the guitars made parts of Night Path of Pest pretty punishing, which is always a good thing. Regardless of their political leanings, this group is a force to be reckoned with. Their relative obscurity may keep them a cult band, but if you’re willing to track them down, this is one of those rare releases that makes taking a chance on an unknown band worthwhile.
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Fra. Nihil said:
I would like to comment that Totenwolf are not an NSBM band (I have the lyrics and know the band). The song ‘Werewolf’ is about the mythological beasts and not any reference to the Nazi guerilla force (or similar). ‘Post Holocaust Night’ uses the term holocaust in its archaic meaning, sacrifice or annihilation, as it ties in with the first track, Ministers of the Black God, which mentions a ‘total black holocaust’, meaning a dark and evil onslaught.
Nihil, sincere thanks for the additional information on Totenwolf.
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