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Helrunar Vanitas Vanitatvm Prophecy Productions


Vanitas Vanitatvm

Prophecy Productions

September 28, 2018

Album Review By Allyson Kingsley


Helrunar formed in 2001 as a German black metal outfit. Albums such as Frostnacht and Baldr Ok Íss cemented their stay on the scene before they adopted a more holistic approach to  incorporating other elements of metal into their sound, including death and doom. In 2011, their double album Sól saw a change in their musical direction. 2015’s album Niederkunfft added a twist of medieval superstition to its themes. The current album Vanitas Vanitatvm is set to be between Sól and Niederkunfft and is described here by frontman M.D. :

“With its title referring to a famous ode by 17th century poet Andreas Gryphius, Helrunar's seventh puts the well-known saying (meaning "vanity of vanities" or "all is vain") into a contemporary context, resulting in ‘our most cynical and misanthropic work to date in a consciously exaggerated way,’ says M.D. ‘We address different forms of vanity and narcissism, which are rampant in our age, to reveal their psychological and societal origins and consequences. Both traits are contrasted by death and corruption to show their inanit.’"


The albums lyrics are in German but with just a careful listen you get a sense of its fluidity and mournful flavor. My personal favorite on the album is “Nachzehrer” and this is the English translation :


Being the nerd that I am, I listened to the album with the German lyrics in front of me and then listened again with the English lyrics.  That is how you experience a foreign language metal band. A very creative piece that spoke to me inside.







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