According to the press release for Laster’s Wijsgeer & Narreman (yeah, I don’t know how to say it either), the album has “hypnotic riffs inspired by J.W. von Goethe’s ‘Faust'”. Now, I’ve never read ‘Faust’, but to my understanding the basic premise is about a guy who makes a deal with the devil. You know, standard black metal stuff.

As the lyrics appear to be in German, and totally unintelligible to the average ear, I have no idea what Laster “sound” like. The description of the riffs however, is 100% spot on. One of the things that good black metal artists can do is take a basic riff or song pattern and make it mesmerizing. Like Burzum, Laster are masters at this: the songs take the listener on a hypnotic journey, that while short, is ever so sweet.

The album can be downloaded for free at the band’s Bandcamp page, but do yourself a favor and pick up the physical release. This is much too good to just be deleted off your hard drive in a couple of months.

Track Listing:

01. In Levenskolken in Dadenstorm
02. Tot Eenheid Verweven
03. Wijsgeer Ende Narreman

Run Time: 19:01
Release Date: April 13, 2012

Check out the album: ‘Wijsgeer & Narreman’