Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit is the debut EP from Austrian ambient and post-black metal artist Ellende (which translates as Misery), the brainchild of Graz native Lukas Gosch (Aphotic Excess). The release contains four tracks of contrasting styles, incorporating many instruments ranging from the sombre violin and viola (provided by the mysteriously named Anna) and the usual suspects drums, guitars and bass respectively. There is a lot of creativity to digest here, squeezed into twenty seven minutes, there is even piano. The clean guitar intro to opening and title track ‘Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit’ is sublimely striking and is perfectly executed by Gosch. Fast tempo changes are his forte and he swiftly changes gear from calm and reflectional to blast beats and tortured screams a la Ukrainian solo artist Moloch. Melancholy and despair figure highly on Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit – (which loosely translates as, withdrawing back inside yourself) as well as existentialism and nature. Gosch paints a picture of an unguided, confused soul accepting transience and the love of nature. Whilst the first two songs are arguably the strongest, things take a dip on Der letzte Marsch, with a mislaid piano hook that outstays its welcome. Here, Gosch struggles to get out of first gear and then just when you think that he has found his rhythm, he quickly and harshly reverts back to a slow tempo, losing any built up momentum that had been previously mustered. You get the feeling that he has tried to do too much with it, unfortunately the gamble does not pay off. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Despite this rather minor blip, overall this is a really strong extended play from a very talented artist. The next release will surely iron out these problems, and enable Ellende to spread it’s creativity over twice as many songs.
Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit is available now via Naturmacht Productions