TL;DR: The video song is melodic mid-tempo black metal with some grim & sinister parts. Decent, not great.
“IMPERIUM DEKADENZ are releasing a music video featuring their classic track “Schwarze Wälder”, which was originally released on their debut full-length ‘…und die Welt ward kalt und leer’ (2006).
The clip is now exclusively premiering via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Rock Hard (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Crank It Up (SE)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
The German black metal stalwarts comment: “With this music clip revolving around the classic track ‘Schwarze Wälder’, we are returning to our debut full-length. Horaz has filmed the impressive nature of our Black Forest home on his meandering hiking trips and intertwined them with impressions from our show at Summerbreeze Open Air 2014. Our deep roots in the valleys and woods of our region are meeting the original black metal of our early days – charges with pure raw energy.”
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ have previously announced the first set of live dates for 2017. A list of all currently confirmed shows can be viewed below.
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ have already announced a string of headlining shows and festival appearances including the prestigious Wacken Open Air across Europe during 2017. More dates to be confirmed.
The German black metal stalwarts commented: “We are proud to announce a fine collection of European shows. We will perform in many countries that IMPERIUM DEKADENZ have never visited before and can hardly wait to finally present songs from our current album ‘DIS MANIBVS’ live. We can promise you a wild and inspiring experience. See you on the road!”
For interview and press-list requests, please contact Season of Mist. Please note that accreditation at festivals cannot be provided by the label and only arranged through the organisation of the concerned event.
11 Mar 17 Tübingen (DE) Epplehaus
18 Mar 17 Erfurt (DE) Club From Hell (+Thormesis +Freitod et. al.)
15 Apr 17 München (DE) Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting 2017)
21 Apr 17 Nizza (FR) Altherax Music
22 Apr 17 Turin (IT) Daevacian
10 Jun 17 Göttingen (DE) Underground Remains Open Air 2017
20 Jul 17 Zarnovica (SK) Gothoom Open Air Fest
03 Aug 17 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air 2017
19 Aug 17 Barth (DE) Barther Open Air 2017 (Exact date tba)
25 Nov 17 Sofia (BG) Live & Loud (November’s Doom Days)
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ will be playing in support of their latest full-length ‘Dis Manibvs’. The artwork of the band’s fifth album has been created by Francesco De Luca and can be viewed together with track-list below.
01. In Todesbanden
02. Only Fragments Of Light
03. Still I Rise
04. Dis Manibvs
05. Pantheon Spells
06. Vae Victis
09. Pure Nocturnal Rome
Vae victis! Woe to the vanquished! IMPERIUM DEKADENZ hail from Germany’s Black Forest, where the Roman Empire clashed, conquered, and finally fell against first Celtic and later Germanic tribes. Its impenetrable, murky, and mysterious fog ridden woods and harsh landscapes have given rise to a dark romanticism that even imbues the works of this band with deep roots in Nordic black metal.
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ have cultivated and advanced an atmospheric style of their own with their highly acclaimed third and fourth studio albums ‘Procella Vadens’ (2010) and ‘Meadows of Nostalgia’ (2013). The dark chasms and steep rises of the Black Forest mountains are echoed within the German duos’ majestic melodies, which are contrasted by interludes of often fragile acoustic parts.
With their new full-length ‘Dis Manibvs’ – a title derived from antique Roman grave markers translating from Latin as “To the Spirits of the Dead” and basically meaning “In Remembrance” – IMPERIUM DEKADENZ take a surprising step in their evolution by adding an expression that is probably best compared to DEAFHEAVEN and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT. Probably even more astonishing is how well and organically the German veterans integrate this sound with seeming ease into their already existing style, which has also been likened to WINTERFYLLETH and AGALLOCH in its more epic moments and MGŁA or WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM during harsher parts – to drop but a few suitable names.
Founded in the year 2004, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ quickly gained a dedicated following with their debut ‘…und die Welt ward kalt und leer’ (2006) as well as its follow-up ‘Dämmerung der Szenarien’ (2007). Lyrically, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ clad metaphors of human transience, ashes, and shadows into an antique attire with a penchant for the Roman Empire, while declining to deal with genre typical political, religious or misanthropic themes.
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ break new ground with their forthcoming masterpiece ‘Dis Manibvs’, an album that has the potential to unite traditional as well as progressive black metal adherents together in well-deserved praise – which would mark an astonishing achievement in itself. Judge for yourself!”
Vespasian: drums, e-guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, synthesizer
Horaz: vocals, e-guitar, synthesizer