Schwarzer Engel
Kult der Krähe

1. Krähen an die Macht
2. Viva la Musica
3. Gott ist im Regen
4. Sinnflut
5. Futter für die See
6. Mein glühend Herz
7. Ein kurzer Augenblick
8. Meerflucht
9. Requiem
10. Unheil
11. Wenn mein Herz zerbricht (Digipak Bonus)

Dave Jason - Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Vincent Hübsch - Guitars
Timo Joos - Guitars
Bert Oeler - Bass
Carlo Schmidt - Drums

2010 Apokalypse
2010 Geister und Dämonen EP
2011 Träume einer Nacht
2013 Schwarze Sonne EP
2013 In Brennenden Himmeln
2015 Imperium I - Im Reich der Götter
2016 Götterfunken EP
2016 Imperium II - Titania
2017 Sinnflut EP


Mixed and mastered Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios
Cover artwork by Matthias Bäuerle / Season Zero

Released 2018-02-23
Reviewed 2018-02-12



Fresh in memory I have “komm sie holen sinnflut, lass sie leiden sinnflut” and so on in the insanely catchy chorus of the title track of the Sinnflut EP, an EP that works as a great teaser for this album. It is an album that I have been listening to many times and now written down several words about. And one of the first things I come to think of is how excellent the opening track is, what a great tone that is set for this cult of the crows as the album title translates to. It is the sixth album from Schwarzer Engel and truth be told I have never really found their works that appealing, Sinnflut was an exception with its insanely catchy title track.

Listening to this album I seem to notice that this band has taken some steps forward compared with what they have done before. The production is excellent, the album has lots of depth, and the vocals are passionate and fit this music brilliantly. Good melodies and well weighted playing time, there is not much to complain about when it comes to this album – nothing at all really. You recognise their style of music from their earlier works, dark gothic metal with vocals in German. But with better vocals and better sound, it is like a much better version of Schwarzer Engel.

Unshakeable quality and amazing brilliance in its best moments makes this a very interesting prospect for the next album purchase – and it comes in vinyl. Take the track Sinnflut that is so catchy that it might never disappear from my mind; add to that an excellent opening track and no weaknesses and you have a great album. Question is if gothic metal in German has ever been better than this, just from the top of my head I can’t recall any better album than this especially not anything that rivals tracks like Sinnflut and Krähen an die Macht.

Titanic dark gothic metal that you just have to check out if you enjoy the gothic metal genre, in its best moments it is fantastic. I think it is a rather memorable album, especially thanks to the criminally brilliant Sinnflut track and the other great tracks that make up this very strong album that no gothic fan should miss. But it is probably not only the genre fans that will enjoy this great album, it is very possible that a vinyl copy of this album will make its way into my collection. I don’t think I need to write much more than that, I just leave the review of this album with the thought that the Sinnflut track will remain in my mind for a very long time.





Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands:
The Vision Bleak/Rammstein/Amon Amarth
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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