Black Reuss – “Journey”

   Black Reuss – “Journey”

Black Reuss is the flow of life of a man who describes the changes he experienced, through music. Life is like a river, always moving, mostly downward. The name originates from the river Reuss, a Swiss river that rises in the Gotthard massif in the middle of Switzerland, where Black Reuss lived during the writing of his first album, “Metamorphosis”. 

Now, the time has come for his second full-length work, entitled “Journey”, continuing from where the previous work left off. Black Reuss has created a concept that consists of 4 chapters/albums, with the first two being the aforementioned releases.

Inspired by the course of life, by the struggles of man and his own personal questions, Black Reuss constructs this 4 chaptered concept in order to explore these questions, and to express them through his music. In this work, the artist calls the audience- you guessed correctly-for a journey, with ultimate goal the travelers to find their place in their world, to find the place they can call, metaphorically, home. Through the struggles of this journey the person will grow. They will have to abandon their negative emotions, if they want to reach the end of the line and see what comes next.

The “Journey”, musically, can be described, quite accurately, as a doom/gothic metal album. Both these influences are distinct in the music and play a key role in the shaping of the sound. The hefty, solid, slow riffs create the doom’s growling sound, while the gothic element, with its very distinct sound, adds the melody and creates this darkish atmosphere that covers the album. Paired with the gothic ideas are the heavy metal influences that exist in the record, and offer that sharpness, that brightens slightly the compositions and contrasts beautifully with the dark atmosphere. Also, Black Reuss deep vocals fit perfectly and compliment the songwriting, adding a melancholic and quite sad feeling, perfect for an album like this.

Having nothing more to add, I will close by saying that the “Journey” is a really interesting release of 2022. It is an album with a fresh, original and well-developed sound that blends perfectly the doom heaviness with the gothic aesthetic, and with an inspired concept. Without a doubt, Black Reuss’ new release is an album you must check out.




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