Genre: Melodic blackened death metal
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2005
Connections: Brokenhead, Hypocras, Versus
Romain – Vocals
Johan – Guitar, backing vocals
Duran – Guitar
Sam – Drums
Manuel – Bass, backing vocals
Stortregn official Website
This is getting complicated… It’s absolutely awesome when genres are mixed and a band is able to use all of the advantages offered by a certain type of metal, spice it up with features offered by an additional type and finally polish it with another, different style of music. Brilliant. Extremely difficult for a bloggers to describe though… Say hi to Stortregn – a band from Geneva that mixes black metal with death metal, decorates it with melody and some progressive elements.
Despite the generally brutal musical direction that this band took, their name is pretty romantic if you ask me. “Stortregn”, or actually “störtregn”, means downpour in Swedish and it’s definitely not the only Scandinavian influence that this formation is carrying. But let’s start from the beginning. In 2005 Divine Smile was born, the band that was the foundation of Addict Repulsion, which in 2006 was renamed to Stortregn and stayed like to date. As usually, the line up has changed several times within these few years, but Romain and Johan remained as the founders and the only original members of the band.
During the 13 years of existence Stortregn released one demo in 2007, an EP in 2008 and four full length albums, including their newest baby “Emptiness Fills the Void” from this year. Already their EP got a lot of positive reviews but all of the other releases that followed, were gaining even more recognition not only locally but practically worldwide.
“Emptiness Fills the Void” got so many good reviews all over the Internet, that there is not much left for me to say… What I found particularly interesting, is that Stortregn managed to trick pretty much all of the reviewers with this album. Some of them hear a strong influence of traditional heavy metal, some hear clear romance with progressive metal, most of them recognise Nordic black metal echoes, others sense Scandinavian melodeath and few managed to spot tech elements. Despite the huge differences in the genre detection (because it’s complicated not only for me apparently), all of the reviews were positive and very enthusiastic. Stortregn, you are doing your metal alchemy right.
I can only join this community of “Stortregn positive reviews writers”, and I will do it with pleasure. Fantastic solos, enchanted melodies, fast tempo and versatile vocals are the highlights of this album. Different landscapes unfold in the 50 minutes journey of “Emptiness Fills the Void” and since the music itself extracts a lot of elements from various genres, these landscapes are vivid and full of details. All of this is build on the solid foundation of aggressive tempo and intense riffs. Diverse vocals settling the mood and splendid solos are also definitely a huge advantage of this album. Here you have the closing track, where the lyrical subject finally passes through the dark gates that are mentioned in this album quite often…
If you are a fan of Marduk, Thulcandra, Dissection, Dawn or Sacramentum, you should enjoy Stortregn, since the influence of these bands is clear in their compositions. But as I already wrote, you can find Stortregn music surprising and chances of detecting some interesting yet different and unexpected elements in their compositions are quite high… If you want to see them live, keep an eye on them because they may roam around. Unless you don’t mind travelling. Then check their tour dates with Marduk. Yes, this Marduk – Stortregn is on fire!