After 2 EPs and a debut full-length, Firtan from Germany delivers their second album called “Okeanos”. Although having influences raging from Thyrfing, Agalloch and Emperor to name a few, Firtan combines several (Extreme) Metal scenes, be it the Progressive, the Atmospheric and the Post ones as well as Black Metal, and make their own Firtan style with a violin inspired by Nietzsche and Lovecraft.
The Black Metal is definitely progressive and complex with lots of variation, a bit like a harsher progressive Enslaved with the atmosphere of Agalloch and wink to mid-Opeth. It definitely has “something” as the craftsmanship is unmistakably present, yet after a couple of spins I can’t I’m 100% convinced about it as a whole. I hope they will take the last step with their next effort and blow me away. (Ricardo)