After a demo in 2013, the band has released the full-length Ersatz delivering a simple but solid and discreetly produced black metal; in the background you can often and clearly hear screams of pain, weepings, and other sounds of human suffering such as whipping for example. I do not know the Belarusian language so I rely on the information I received from the band that I quote:
The name of our first LP album "Ersatz" means "surrogate".
In album conception it means defective substitude of ideas, systems... substitude of life.
Album contains 7 abstract stories connected with multifaced conception absorbed by deep symbolism about slavery, unjustice, death, war, philosophy and ancient history, that actual a long time ago and in present time.
This stories may be interpreted from the side of personal human inner world, side of social or even present state systems.
Incertitude, spiritual weakness, stupidity, religion, goverment... Everything from that killing your mind and trying to make you slave (physically and morally).
In conclusion not an amazing album, but a good one, give it a listen.
Ersatz was digitally and independently released on April 10 2017; the album will be physically released under the summer 2017 both as CD through Der schwarze Tod and as cassette through Eternal Death. Khragkh sounds like 'krah' and means 'collapse' in the Belarusian language.
Text by Herjann