Although Zielenleed didn’t immediately resonate with me on my first listen, it would be unfair to ignore the success of representing old-school black metal in this century. In my opinion, the song was constructed so precisely that it became one of my favorite black metal songs I recently discovered and deserves all the respect it gets.
The musical foundation has familiar and traditional black metal influences, reminding you of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, and even Burzum from time to time. Although the traditional part plays a heavy influence in its foundation, it didn’t stop Walg from being more creative and visionary, turning everything into a cinematic experience. The music stands out with its powerful dynamics, attitude, aggression, and extremity, immediately making you feel the terror and dark energy pumping through your veins.
Regarding production, it has industry-leading standards, carrying both modern and early black metal influences with character. The energy level and dynamics are fantastic, so the song never really gets boring. Also, the characterization of each instrument was one of the highlights of their work. The vocalist is ,once again, undoubtedly one of the best black metal vocalists I’ve heard in a long time from the underground scene. He stands out with not only his voice but also his character.