One of the bands that I was certainly looking forward for the new album was this “Mach Dich Frei” from the one of most powerful pagan metal bands Finsterforst. And what a discharge! Prepare yourself cause you’ve got something epic coming your way, with the formula that you already know: strong guitars, epic melodies, very well produced and organic orchestral arrangements, and of course the accordion. The songs flow more wild and ravaging than before and so far this is the best thing the band did. “Schickhals End”, “Zeit Fur Hass”, “Im Auge Des Sturms” and “Mann Gegen Mensch” are the examples of the maturity of a band that it’s been here for a while and diserves full recognition of this stunning work, but it’s “Mach Dich Frei!” explodes in your hears that you’ll cringe yourself for not knowing german, cause you’ll want to sing that chorus out loud until your lungs pop! Last but not the least, those last 23 minutes called “Finsterforst” it’s the perfect way out from the dark cold forest. What an album!
Words by: Daniel Lemminkainen