Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei



8.2 | 107 votes |
Release date: 23 January 2015
Style: Pagan folk metal

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01. Abfahrt
02. Schicksals End'
03. Zeit Für Hass
04. Im Auge Des Sturms
05. Mach Dich Frei!
06. Mann Gegen Mensch
07. Reise Zum..
08. Finsterforst

Line-up
Oliver Berlin - vocals, choir vocals
David Schuldis - rhythm guitar
Simon Schillinger - guitars, synthesizers, choir vocals, orchestration, programming
Sebastian "AlleyJazz" Scherrer - keyboards
Cornelius "Wombo" Heck - drums
Tobias Weinreich - bass
Johannes Joseph - accordion, vocals, choir vocals

Additional musicians:
Sevan Kirder - whistles, vocals

Staff review by
Windrider
Rating:
8.1
It seems common now that the pagan genre directs its view onto modern themes and problems. The most popular examples include Varg or Equilibrium. And while mentioning those two, it's most convenient to change topic to the new Finsterforst album, which is best described by a mixture of the aforementioned bands. Mach Dich Frei is the fourth studio album of the neo-pagan warriors from the black forest, after which the band is named. And indeed, it is a worthy one.

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published 19.02.2015 | Comments (4)

Guest review by
swatata
Rating:
8.5
Being a fan of some bands that have symphonic elements in them, I had to listen to the album Finsterforst came into 2015 with, titled Mach Dich Frei. With all lyrics in German I had a bit of trouble understanding their meaning but the musical part, splendidly, made me a bit emotional.

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published 06.08.2015 | Comments (0)

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27.01.2015 - 00:09
Rating: 9
Rulatore
What an awesome surprise
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27.01.2015 - 00:26
Ilham
Giant robot
I'm wondering if pagan AND folk have to be both present to describe the band's sound.
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27.01.2015 - 00:33
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Ilham on 27.01.2015 at 00:26

I'm wondering if pagan AND folk have to be both present to describe the band's sound.

Aren't they two different things though? I genuinely don't know.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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27.01.2015 - 00:40
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Zap on 27.01.2015 at 00:33

Aren't they two different things though? I genuinely don't know.

They are, they refer to what kind of invisible man/culture they take their inspiration from, but it's lyrical. That leads to the stupid distinction between viking/pagan etc. Folk is the only legitimate music descriptive tag in my opinion.
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27.01.2015 - 00:49
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Ilham on 27.01.2015 at 00:40

They are, they refer to what kind of invisible man/culture they take their inspiration from, but it's lyrical. That leads to the stupid distinction between viking/pagan etc. Folk is the only legitimate music descriptive tag in my opinion.

Fair enough. I never liked the "folk metal" tag to begin with actually. Two bands within the genre can sound vastly different based on what kind of folk it is they're mixing with metal. Melechesh doesn't sound anything like Primordial even though both bands are usually tagged black metal and folk metal.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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27.01.2015 - 10:32
no one
Account deleted
Well if your a christian like me, i like to no whether there is pagan lyrics in my folk. I won't listen if there is.
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27.01.2015 - 13:23
Rating: 10
Michaelis
Great album to start best 2015.
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05.02.2015 - 13:03
hamG
If you ever wanted Moonsorrow to be a bit more folky I think you will enjoy this album.
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20.02.2015 - 18:26
Rating: 8
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
I definitely hear the strong Moonsorrow comparison, right down the trademark accordion and overall atmosphere. It hurts my impression a bit as far as originality goes, but I also love this style, so it is somewhat balanced out by overall enjoyment. The addition of some heavy brass sections help it stand apart. It has a "boomier" symphonic edge that at times reaches closer to Septicflesh or Dimmu Borgir, but without losing focus on the folk epicenter. The guitar riffs and drumming don't slouch either with some decent hooks and a variety of pace. I was not expecting much going into this one, but left pleasantly surprised. Full review here.
Enjoyability=8.5
Musicianship=9
Innovation=7
Overall=8.5
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02.03.2015 - 18:09
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Ilham on 27.01.2015 at 00:40

They are, they refer to what kind of invisible man/culture they take their inspiration from, but it's lyrical. That leads to the stupid distinction between viking/pagan etc. Folk is the only legitimate music descriptive tag in my opinion.

Ideally, there should be folk for each area of generalised culture on the Earth, e.g. Middle Eastern, Slavic, East Asian, etc. But I don't think anyone has the patience for that
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02.03.2015 - 19:38
Stunning Cactus
Written by Guest on 27.01.2015 at 10:32

Well if your a christian like me, i like to no whether there is pagan lyrics in my folk. I won't listen if there is.


That's a pretty retarded reason not to listen to great music. You're not blaspheming by listening to music with lyrics of a different religion dude. Honestly - it surprises me that people are still so insecure in their own religion like this.

Anyhow, Rastlos was a pretty good spin, so I'm expecting to hear some more great material from this band.
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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02.03.2015 - 20:36
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Stunning Cactus on 02.03.2015 at 19:38

That's a pretty retarded reason not to listen to great music. You're not blaspheming by listening to music with lyrics of a different religion dude. Honestly - it surprises me that people are still so insecure in their own religion like this.

I'm going to be nice here and tell you the guy was joking.
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02.03.2015 - 23:13
no one
Account deleted
Ruined it for me
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02.03.2015 - 23:42
Stunning Cactus
Written by Ilham on 02.03.2015 at 20:36

Written by Stunning Cactus on 02.03.2015 at 19:38

That's a pretty retarded reason not to listen to great music. You're not blaspheming by listening to music with lyrics of a different religion dude. Honestly - it surprises me that people are still so insecure in their own religion like this.

I'm going to be nice here and tell you the guy was joking.


You're a saint. I have been successfully baited.

Well done, no one.
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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19.05.2015 - 08:46
Rating: 10
sergiod0999
Mach Dich Frei
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29.12.2015 - 22:05
Rating: 9
Zykloncrawaxx
Darker and a little more straightforward than Rastlos. Although I think Rastlos is their best album, this was a great direction and it's one of the best albums I've heard this year. Pretty much everything is top notch: vocals, drums, guitars, and keyboards/accordions. The title track is thoroughly satisfying.
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08.06.2018 - 21:28
Rating: 10
MeatWolf
One of the best symphonic(/folk) albums I've ever heard. Colossal epicness with a shitton of details, flawless performance and an impeccable production.
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