Album Review: Der Rote Milan – “Aus der Asche”


German black metal has a storied tradition. And while Germany has been one of the most popular places for black metal fans to attend shows and festivals, the scene in Germany hasn’t been as proliferate as it has been in the past. German black metal may have few distinct traits that make it discernible from a wide array of black metal bands from Scandinavia and neighboring France, but German black metal is more largely-known for heavier riffs, aggressive tendencies and few sojourns into progressive styles. Enter self-released album Aus der Asche by German black metal band Der Rote Milan, and German black metal may not be quite due for a renaissance, but Der Rote Milan offers the black metal fan an array of other influences to the black metal sound that few bands in its scene attempt with mastery and conviction. Continue reading