Black Metal bands are always the most exciting when they look beyond their own, often too rigid genre boundaries to enrich their dark and frosty sound with fresh elements. Death lights are the best example of this kind of adventurous spirit. With "Apnoe" the Hamburgers continue the way started with "Angst" (2010) and finally cut some of their musical roots and present themselves daring and relaxed, melancholic and dynamic, fragile and powerful at the same time. The original nastiness can only be felt in a few moments. Instead, the band can now be located mainly in the intersection of Postrock, Progressive, Doom and Shoegaze. The almost continuous harmonic-clear interplay between female and male vocals reveals even astonishing hit potential in many songs. A characteristic that should not be confused with a lack of draught. "Apnea." is an album of contrasts, an album between ecstasy and despair - but with the cheap Deutsch-Gother "Tiefer Fall" it also has an overly calculated stinker in store.
Top track: Odem