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Langs Galg en Rad
FMP666 cd 2003

taken from Twilight Shadows - http://valhalla.stillclouds.com/

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taken from Legacy - www.legacy.de

Quantität legt die niederländische Band mit diesem gerade mal gut halbstündigen Album, wovon einer der Tracks ein Cover von Lugubrum ist, nicht gerade vor, dafür findet man allerdings an der Qualität ihres "Langs Galg En Rad" nichts zu motzen. So legen FLUISTERWOUD hier eine äußerst gefällige Version von rohem, aggressiven Black Metal vor, der gekonnt Brutalität und eindringliche Stimmung vereint und noch dazu in einem gut fetten, aber nicht zu glatt polierten Sound daherkommt. Man bleibt streng in den Grenzen des ursprünglichen Black Metals, vollbringt es aber dennoch, dem Werk Variation und Wiedererkennungswert zu verleihen, was vor allem an dem gekonnten Wechsel zwischen sich in pirschender Verschlagenheit heranschleichenden, langsam-wuchtigen Passagen und schwarzmetallischer Raserei liegt, der oft überraschend, aber nie unpassend stattfindet. Dabei schafft es die Band, bei den schnellen Parts ungezügelte Aggression auf den Hörer zu übertragen, bei den im Midtempo gehaltenen Passagen dagegen mit dem Erzeugen einer beklemmenden Stimmung zu überzeugen, die sich durch den Gehörgang ins Gehirn einschleicht und dort festsetzt, wobei FLUISTERWOUD allerdings stellenweise den Effekt der Atmosphäre-Erzeugung durch konsequente Monotonie bis zum äußersten Maximum ausreizen. Wettgemacht wird dies aber vor allem durch den markanten Gesang, der in einem Tonfall triefender Gemeinheit herausgeschrieen und -gewürgt wird und sowohl bei den langsamen Passagen wie auch bei unkontrollierbaren Aggressionsattacken den richtigen Ton trifft. Dementsprechend kann man den Holländern hier letztendlich das Urteil aussprechen, mit "Langs Galg En Rad" ein Album vorgelegt zu haben, das die gängigen Elemente des rohen Black Metals, mit einer eigenen Note versehen, vereint und damit wohl voll in das Gemüt der eher am Underground orientierten Anhänger schwarzmetallischer Tonkunst trifft. (DG)

12 Punkte


taken from Demonichorde - www.demonichorde.com

Fluisterwound is an UGBM band from Nederland, created in 96 by former member Nachtraaf, and recorded a first Demo Tape 'A sinister Schouwspel' in 98. Several line ups changes occur, as well as some Live gigs and their signing on the us Label F.M.P., and after quite a long delay the present and first full length is released in 2003. Fluisterwound, now composed of 5 members (Nachtraaf, Sagelinge, Eklipse, Trol, Mysteriis) played at the Under the Sun Festival 2004 in Germany, and released also a four way split on Totenstrieb Records this year, with The One, Niroth, Goat Molestor, gathering the Live appearance of 4 of the 5 bands that played at in November 2003 in London.

This album is composed of 9 tracks of raw and fast Black Metal, among them a cover of Lugubrum, deepened by thicker and balanced mid paced tracks, and an overall very good sound and accurate production. The album is opened by a solemn even orchestral intro, played with lighter tones at the end of the last track as outro. This first 'Een Sinister Schouwspel' song goes on in an ultra fast and raw Black Metal style, raised by battling beats, furious riffs and balanced BM vocals enhanced by progressive lower screams.

The style is energetic and remains rawer than chaotic, as on the second 'Tergernis', where furtive floating break, mid paced lulls and instrumental parts shaped by more rhythmic drums and sustained lower riffs offset the ultra fast outbursts. The tracks keep grim even intense atmospheres, enhanced by the use of eerie and unusual intro, as on 'Plaeghdraegher', opened by a black ambient tune, echoed screams and guest noise of the wind. This fierce track is marked by a thicker guitar work and sound, short even boisterous accelerating parts, and sustained vocal screams.

All the lyrics are sung in Dutch, not the most used nor easy language when it comes to Black Metal, though the vocals sound balanced and adopt several variations as more aggressive tones on the battling 'Woudangst'. They sound at times lower and more prominent, fitting better this powerful style as on 'Knovelaer', a changing track that chains fluently slower breaks to restless ultra fast parts. The atmospheric parts put a lot of variation and melody into these overall raw tracks, as on the longer 'Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen', opened by distant and short saturated riffs. The rhythmic mid paced passages are enlivened by floating and vivid riffs, or lower buzzing riffs, stressed by intermittent vocals. Fluisterwoud even dare darker and more depressive tunes, as on the cold 'Aardmannen', that alternates rhythmic parts raised by driving beats and melodies with thicker passages marked by massive, sustained riffs phrased by spaced muffled beats. Even more repetitive parts mark the grey 'Den Duustere Wouden', straightened by a more dynamic drumming. Accelerating drums, longer instrumental parts and progressive screams raise the last 'Langs Galg En Rad', thickened by prominent saturated riffs that give a massive touch to this heavier track.

A relatively short album (36 minutes), with compact and solid tracks of raw Black Metal, that keep a homogeneous sound and style enlivened by several rhythm changes, variations, even melodies that add relief and the proper atmospheres for the album remains aggressive though intense.

The grey layout is adorned by a morbid painting, the complete booklet displays lyrics in Dutch, pictures of the band and info, a fierce and varied album that we need more of, recommended. More at Fluisterwoud official website or their Label Fullmoon Productions. Or read Fluisterwoud interview here.



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taken from TrueMetal - www.truemetal.it

Che il panorama black sia vasto è fuori discussione, che da un po’ di tempo si stia vivendo una specie di seconda giovinezza del genere anche, per cui è facile che da questi presupposti prendano linfa vitale svariati progetti tra cui i Fluisterwoud, che si collocano tra gli esempi positivi di tale tendenza.

Nati come solo project (datato 1996) partorito dalla mente “malata” di Nachtraaf, lungo gli anni i Fluisterwoud hanno via via preso forma e sostanza acquisendo membri occasionali e fissi la cui presenza ha permesso di arrivare ad un DEMO del 1998 ed a questo esordio intitolato “Langs Galg En Rad” edito nel 2003. Da copione, si parte con una bella intro maestosa ed orchestrale, studiata per richiamare lo spiritello guerriero che c’è in ogni blackster e per prepararlo alla mannaiata violenta che si chiama “Een Sinister Schouwspel”, velocissima e rabbiosa.

Proprio la prima track svela dall’inizio il concetto di fondo della band: soltanto puro e marcio black metal! La forza del disco sta proprio in una semplice, ma da sempre efficace, linea di condotta, che si basa sull’idea di attaccare con pezzi che variano dalle frequenze altissime di “Tergenis” ai momenti leggermente meno sparati come nel caso di “Den Duustere Wouden”, costringendo l’ascoltatore a tenere sempre alta la guardia perché dietro i frangenti apparentemente meno bellicosi si cela una sfuriata killer. Alcune tracce basano i loro momenti più significativi proprio su questa elementare formula di alternanza tra minimi rallentamenti ed accelerazioni furibonde (“Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen”) che correttamente miscelati all’attitudine prettamente “norse” ed allo scream impeccabile, non appiattiscono l’umore.

Gli ingredienti per un disco riuscito ci sono dal primo all’ultimo: il cantato in lingua olandese ben si presta suonando tanto secco e duro quanto il canonico norvegese, la produzione è di altissimo livello senza nulla togliere alla ruvidezza e l’artwork ha la giusta connotazione underground. Complessivamente si ha un effetto globale molto professionale senza perdere di vista ciò che il pubblico del settore richiede. Anche in questo caso, non siamo di fronte ad un lavoro che stravolge le logiche fin qui conosciute in ambito black, bensì ad un prodotto suonato con indubbia competenza che ha l’innata dote di essere conciso e preciso, di donare tutto il suo potenziale fin dall’inizio senza nascondersi dietro nessun velo. Velocità e rabbia a palate, nessuna caduta di stile, dedizione all’arte nera in ogni dove ed un’intensità che mai cala dall’inizio alla fine di questi 35 minuti totali. Come detto, la ricetta è già stata testata e sviscerata da altri e ciò, unito alla suo esser “easy listening”, lascia un’impressione finale sicuramente positiva ma con qualche minima riserva sulla sua longevità. Basandosi sulla omogeneità, mancano dei veri spunti che permettano di ricordarsi di una track in particolare o di un riff più che d’un altro. “Langs Galg En Rad” va preso come un prodotto d’insieme onesto, che viaggia a cavallo tra l’essere un disco che si può ascoltare svariate volte anche di seguito (il classico album da mettere nello stereo quando si vuole black metal “no compromise” ma senza grosso impegno) e un lavoro che scivola da un momento all’altro nel dimenticatoio a favore di prodotti di maggior impatto.

In ogni caso, gli appunti sulla longevità sono, sostanzialmente, note a margine ed anche se il mercato black è inflazionato di uscite, non saranno di certo questi olandesi a rovinare la piazza; tutt’altro.

73/100 points


taken from Terrorizer magazine - Uk

"Devout followers of Satan's tunes will have caught Fluisterwoud at The Verge recently on a bill with a few British up-and-comers (like the incredible Goat Molestor). "Langs Galg En Rad" is a most welcome record, a confident debut and has very much found its spiritual home on Full Moon. Playing grim, cavernous, raw and fast black metal is obviously less about technique than emotional impact. But an emerging pattern among bands of this style recently seems to be not even bothering to sound original, but letting the music find its natural level and relying on gallons of bile. The power of self-belief and each band's own personal brand of misanthropy paint a subtly different shade of pitch-black every time. And it doesn't matter a fucking bit as long as, like Fluisterwoud, you can present convincing, icy hatred and it's straight from your cindered heart.

As the torrent of well-informed, beautifully-executed underground black metal records shows no sign of slowing its relentless swaping of us all, Fluisterwoud are probably one of the bands you should be trying to hold above the tide whilst whimpering "glub".

8/10 (review by James "Harry" Hinchliffe)



taken from inferno magazine - www.inferno.fi

Hollantilaisen Fluisterwoudin debyyttikokopitkä tarjoaa raakasoundista ja kylmää black metallia Darkthronen hengessä reilun puolen tunnin verran. Kolkkoa tunnelmaa luodaan paitsi toimivilla biiseillä ja Darkthronen uran puolivälin tyylisillä soundeilla, myös karuilla rääkylauluilla, jotka sopivat kokonaisuuteen erinomaisesti. Tempoa vaihdellaan nopean ja hitaan laahailun välimaastossa ja paketti pysyy hyvin kasassa alusta loppuun asti. Ehdottomasti tutustumisen arvoinen paketti.

8/10 (Serpent)



taken from Aardschok Magazine - www.aardschok.nl

Dit debuutalbum van het Nederlandse Fluisterwoud is niet alleen veel later uitgebracht dan oorspronkelijk de bedoeling was, maar de review is ook nog eens veel te laat in Aardschok terecht gekomen. Het geboden werk op ‘Langs Galg En Rad’ is dermate goed, dat excuses daarvoor zeker op zijn plaats zijn. Terwijl de band mij live slechts één keer echt kon overtuigen, staat Fluisterwoud op CD als een huis. In tegenstelling tot bij veel optredens komt de sterke zang van Sagelinge nu wèl goed over de muziek heen. De gitaren zijn moordend en de drums strak, waardoor de band zich moeiteloos met de internationale concurrentie kan meten. Het is ook het vermelden waard dat Fluisterwoud haar teksten in het Nederlandsch op de mensheid loslaat. Dat is weer eens wat anders dan al die bands die hun teksten zo nodig in gebrekkig Engels denken te moeten schrijven. Slechte nummers hoor ik op deze CD niet, m aar het meest bevallen mij „Tergernis”, „Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen” en het titelnummer. Liefhebbers van agressieve, chaotische black metal die deze CD nog niet hebben, moeten ‘m alsnog even snel in huis halen! Hulde ook aan het artwork trouwens.

85/100 Leon van Rijnsbergen



taken from Martwy Zmierzch - www.mz.art.pl

Fast, furious, sick, and always disgusting trend killing machine hailing from outbursts of Holland it conquers all human existence with their first full-length unholy desecration. Purely sculptured this is an old-fashioned black metal kick in the ass. Exploiting with irrationally constructed raw compositions, featuring 9 deliberately tormenting noise hymns. Deviant and destructive in every possible mode, the album sets out with a brief war like intro in the beginning, which is shortly substituted by a holocaustic blizzard wave that remains to be unceasing. Raging with hyper-fast uncontrolled riff structures, variant drum patterns, and all in one driven by Abbath like vocal assistance, moving correctly into a transition of moderate tempos. Purposefully maintained through out just to hurt your rigid minds with its highly passionistic hate. Continuing so through out the entire attack until the very end when in the outro all previous concept returns to formal stability and all is left is decease. No room for complaints here. This is a fucking maddening album to comprehend. Track 8 includes a cover song originally created by Lugubrum. I recommend.



Reviewed by Stijn on March 29, 2004.
taken from vampire magazine - www.vampire-magazine.com

After the demo 'Een Sinister Schouwspel', the unreleased split CD with D.R.E.P. and a lot of delay, Full Moon Productions finally released 'Langs Galg en Rad'. I must say that this is an album that appeals to me quite a lot. The first time you listen to this album, the furious black metal might sound a bit chaotic and unoriginal, but it reveals its strong points after listening to it a few more times. This is absolutely not chaotic, the playing is tight and the drummer keeps the music in the right track. As is usually the case with black metal, the guitars are rather thin, but the bass compensates this somewhat by playing other parts than just thundering along with the guitars. Although regularly on high pace, Fluisterwoud builds in the necessary variation with more midpaced, atmospherical parts. My absolute favorite track in this case is 'Hoer van de zeven hemelen'. Coming to that, I must say that the lyrics in Dutch sound quite better that most other bands I've heard singing in Dutch. The lyrics aren't forced but sound rather natural. Singer Sagelinge has a nice rotten voice, reminding me of a combination of, oh I don't know, Nocturnal Culto and Abbath Doom Occulta or something. The CD version contains one cover, 'Aardmannen' by Lugubrum, sounds good, maybe even better than the original. On the vinyl version of the album, which isn't out yet, you'll get an extra cover version of 'Unholy black metal' by Darkthrone. After 36 minutes the party's over and I must say I wasn't bored for a moment. Could take a lot more of this.



taken from Lords Of Metal - www.lordsofmetal.nl

Ever since their live performance at the Goudvishal in Arnhem, I have been very impressed by the Dutch black metalband Fluisterwoud (Whisperwood). Therefore I have taken ample time to get to know their first CD 'Langs Galg En Rad' ('Along Gallows And Wheel'), before writing this review. This CD was long due for a lot of black metalfans, but it was worth the waiting as it completely meets the expectations. It has perhaps taken a lot of time, but the CD looks very good. The enclosed booklet contains the texts to all nine songs and the photos of the four band members, although I distinctly remember having seen five at the Goudvishal. The black-and-white layout gives it a fitting feel: grey, gory and gloomy. In short, the stuff looks okay. The production of this CD is very good. The producer has found a nice balance between all of the instruments. Sagelinge's voice is well mixed, although it sometimes gets snowed under by the violence of all the other musicians. All members of Fluisterwoud are veterans in the black metal scene and this shows in their performance: highly professional. The songs on this CD, which lasts a little less than 36 minutes:

1. 'Een Sinister Schouwspel' ('A Sinister Spectacle')
2. 'Tergernis' ('Provokity')
3. 'Den Duustere Wouden' ('The Darkened Woods')
4. 'Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen' ('Harlot Of The Seven Heavens')
5. 'Plaeghdraegher' ('Plague-carrier')
6. 'Woudangst' ('Woodfear')
7. 'Knovelaer' ('-')
8. 'Aardmannen' ('Goblins')
9. 'Langs Galg En Rad' ('Along Gallows And Wheel')

One of my favourite songs is 'Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen'. It's a magnificent composition with a very strange rhythm. During their show in Arnhem it turned out to be a favourite of the audience too. 'Aardmannen' is also a very striking song, because of its dragging rhythm. Here Sagelinge gets a good change to show his characteristic voice. The tempo of most of the songs is very fast. The intros are usually very moody and frightening. The band has a remarkable ability to put a lot of melody in their songs. Because of the changes in the tempo's they provide a lot of diversity, but without losing the basic structure of the song. It doesn't end up in fiddling fidgeting.

I am very impressed by this debut album and expect to hear a lot more of this band. In the underground of the Dutch black metal scene they are already very popular. I am looking forward to seeing these men perform again.

Rating: 90/100 (details)



taken from Encyclopaedia Metallum - www.metal-archives.com

Finally! After a long wait, here is Langs Galg en Rad (Along Gallows and Wheels). This is the debut album of the Dutch black metal band FLUISTERWOUD, which had been brought on the market by Full Moon Productions. FLUISTERWOUD plays Dutch-language grim black metal. I m under the impression of this band and their album. Before Langs Galg en Rad came out I had no doubts about this was going to be a masterpiece. The CD counts nine numbers that care for almost 36 minutes of black metal violence. The cover art and the inlay photographs look very good and give a good impression of the atmosphere of the CD itself. The lyrics on Langs Galg en Rad are especially about the satanic robbers gang De Bokkenrijders (The Goatriders) who, in the 18th century in parts of the Netherlands and Belgium, all murdering went on robbery journey, in search for many treasure . This makes the album thus fairly conceptual. The band members of FLUISTERWOUD are already very active in the (black) metal scene for a few years; you can hear that very well, because of the professionalism of the album. I have let this album already turning his rounds in my CD-player a few times and every time again I come till the conclusion that the tracks Tergernis (Provocation), Hoer van de zeven Hemelen (Whore of the Seven Heavens) and Plaeghdraegher (Plaguebearer) are the very best tracks on this album. Next to these three tracks there are six more tremendous numbers on the album, under which Aardmannen (Earthmen). This track is a cover of the band LUGUBRUM that serves certainly as an example for FLUISTERWOUD. Other bands that serve as an example for FLUISTERWOUD or bands you can compare qua sound are (old) MAYHEM, ARCKANUM, DARKTHRONE and (old) GORGOROTH. FLUISTERWOUD absolutely hit a milestone with Langs Galg en Rad in the (Dutch) black metal scene. I recommend this album strongly to every black metal fan within or outside the Netherlands!

90/100


taken from Rock Tribune magazine - www.rocktribune.be

Des nachts schrijdt een man naar het onguurste bos dat een menselijk brein zich kan voorstellen. De uilen schreeuwen hun verwijten en alles wat leeft en niet leeft roert zich en kraakt en beeft. Vanonder het bladerdek schraapt de man een hoeveelheid stinkende modder samen - duizendpoten krioelen al over het rottend organisch afval en zelfs de kille maan wendt zich af van dit sinistere schouwspel. Met de gore basismaterie zet hij zich aan het boetseren en zie, daar rijst dra de band Fluisterwoud. De bosgeesten tieren en Fluisterwoud raast. Gore, ziekelijk rotte en bezwerende black metal weergalmt, ontketende oeragressie knettert en donderdrums beuken alles kapot. De gitaren ruizen beklemmend en de hypnotiserende geest van vocalist Gwydion Sagelinge zweeft als een stinkende lijkwade boven de muziek. Alles met een burgerlijke moraal vlucht, alles wat neigt naar zuiverheid wordt vermaald en hoog in de hemel huilt god als een klein kind. Geen genade voor de mens, het land oogt zwart en de zeis maait zonder mededogen. In het bos weergalmt de sardonische bulderlach van Fluisterwoud, een snijdende spot met datgene wat de maatschappij en het kruis tot voor kort nog zo sterk achtten.

85 / 100 Piet van Coillie


Taken from Black Terror Metal - www.blackterrormetal.com

Note: disponibile in Italia solo nei primi mesi del 2004. La LP version è limitata e numerata a mano. Il vinile è rosso sangue, inoltre è presente la bonus track: "Unholy Black Metal" (Darkthrone cover)

Vengono da uno sconosciuto angolo dell'Olanda questi Fluisterwoud e le premesse sono ottime fin dall'artwork; rigorosamente in bianco e nero, con una copertina che richiama scenari di fredda morte e distruzione. Nello split uscito 2 anni fa con i D.R.E.P c'era una frase ben leggibile nel retro: "this album is dedicated to the True Black Metal Cult", queste parole servono già da sole a spiegare l'attitudine di questa band. Nove episodi (risalenti per la maggiore al 2001) composti nel segno dell'odio, tutti seguendo le stesse coordinate dando una buona compattezza al sound, senza lasciare spazio ad eccessive sperimentazioni. Classico black metal sound norvegese quindi, che cerca di possedere le atmosfere evocative di "De Mysteriis" senza per nulla clonare i mostri sacri norvegesi, ma creando sonorità proprie anche se derivative. Il riffing è spesso tagliente, con quelle tendenze thrash metal che rendono le song votate al massacro più crudo, senza però quasi mai sfociare nel caotico. Il bello della musica di questa band è che si mantiene sempre e comunque su livelli alti, con delle composizioni mai atte solo a colpire o a evocare, ma che colgono perfettamente questi due stati emotivi. Tutto ciò rende questa prova molto piacevole all'ascolto e v'assicuro che di certo non vi stancherete d'ascoltarla, anzi, molto probabilmente girerà a ripetizione nel vostro stereo. La prova viene introdotta da una breve e malinconica marcia sinfonica che preclude all'annichilente massacro sonoro della veloce "Een Sinister Schouwspel", un pezzo che mette subito le cose in chiaro in quanto non fa altro che violentarci in tutta la sua breve, ma intensa durata. Convincente la successiva "Tergernis" che è invece un alternare d'atmosfere malate e sofferte, ad altre d'una violenza inaudita. Il cantante è spesso a metà strada fa il recitato e lo screaming tradizionale, in nessuna delle canzoni eccede in urla strazianti, ma si mantiene in linea con il sound oscuro della band (e devo dire che ci riesce proprio bene).
Il meglio di questa prova arriva da metà album, con la bellissima "Plaeghdraegher", pezzo più ragionato e meno immediato, dove regnano atmosfere oscure e riffing più malinconici e ipnotici. Qui emerge il talento della band, che dimostra sia di saper colpire, che di saper far sognare. La potenza del male trionfa in "Hoer Van De Zeven Hemelen", dove torna a dominare la violenza, con la sola differenza che stavolta il pezzo è strepitoso. Bellissimo l'incedere morboso della song sostenuta da una ritmica di basso parecchio intrigante e da chitarre taglienti come l'acciaio. L'episodio migliore fino a questo punto. Altro momento di grande emozionalità è "Knovelaer", cavalcata arricchita da uno sterile suono di campana che compare nel ritornello. Anche qui la band alterna velocità e atmosfera, riuscendo perfettamente nello scopo di tenere l'attenzione dell'ascoltatore. Un gelido e lento riff ci introduce a "Aardmannen", cover degli idoli di casa Lugubrum. Sono atmosfere lente e depressive a dominare, una tregua nella sofferenza dopo tanta brutalità, accordi malati, voce meno presente e comunque più sofferta. Un pezzo che prosegue nella conclusiva traccia (infatti tutte le tracce sono attaccate, quasi come a dare l'impressione d'una registrazione a presa diretta) dal suono aggressivo e potente che ha come epilogo analogo all'introduzione con atmosfere di tastiera decadenti. Quindi, ricapitolando: c'è tutto ciò che ci si aspetta da un buon BM album: le atmosfere oscure e maligne, una produzione grezza ma ben mixata e aggressività nel segno dell'odio; il tutto condotto da composizioni mai scontate, mai tediose, ma sempre genuine!

VOTO: 8


Taken from - www.crowe.nl

At last! After we had to wait so terribly long before the debut 'Langs Galg en Rad' from the dutch black metal formation Fluisterwoud it finally brought the black metal krieg upon the earth! Fluisterwoud performs the very pure form of black metal. Old school, underground, grim, evil, and nostalgic black metal. The nostalgia get's an extra boost due to the fact that the lyrics are written in Dutch. Therefore the Sagelinge's vocals get an even more aggresive and raw sound. 'Langs Galg en Rad' tells a story about the notorious satanic horde and robbersgang 'De bokkenrijders'. During the 18th century these 'Bokkenrijders' terrorized certain parts of the Netherlands and Belgium, by commiting various murders and robbery in search for treasury. The album contains 8 tracks and a cover from Lugubrum. Obviously Fluisterwoud gets a bit of its inspiration from respectable bands like old Mayhem and Darkthrone. Expect a very grim and necro-underground black metal album. With Sagelinge'! s voice from the grave, Nachtraaf on the deathsaw, Lahar (Caedere) still responsible for the battery on this album (although he left 'Fluisterwoud' a while ago) and Havoque (who has moved to Canada) on bass; the Netherlands don't have to be ashamed with a band like 'Fluisterwoud' and they sure can be added to the short list of extremely true, old school black metalbands. Now with Lahar and Havoque being replaced by, Trol (bass) and Mysteriis (battery) and an additional deathsaw by Eklipse, Fluisterwoud has declared war! Living in or outside of the Netherlands? Prepare for pure genocide!

85 points
Jimmy Reek


Live Reviews:
Taken from live4metal.com - www.live4metal.com

Arnhem Metal Meeting 2005


The first that I caught probably had the least far to travel being the Dutch band and their primitive brew of Christ raping black metal. They spoke exclusively in Dutch and I was going to be unlikely to make greater sense of song titles like Laat Alle Hoop Varen. I did understand what the guitarist was getting at when he pointed at me laughing and one of these days I will remember to take my bloody lens cap off before the attempting first photo of the band. The sound was nice and gnarly and so for that matter were the songs, musically the jagged rhythm section was as frosty and harsh as the weather outside and I really thought Fluisterwoud had done a good job of their make up, not so much corpse paint as zombified FX. I had missed this lot on their one venture to the UK and even though this was the smallest stage of this particular venue it was 4 times the size of the toilet they had played at home. I got into this blackened assault and was reminded of the harshness of Krieg (particularly by singer Sageline's delivery) and at times the hypnotic quality of the instrumentation was reminiscent of Xasthur. This was no USBM horde though and they certainly had a distinctive if not vile discourse of their own. After half an hour with no beer it was definitely time to go and exchange the necessary money into the tokens we needed to get some and with Hoer Van Der Zeven Hemelen ringing in my ears I staggered off.!


Taken from Blackmetal.at - www.blackmetal.at

Under The Black Sun in 2004


Als nächste waren FLUISTERWOUD an der Reihe. Schon das "Een Sinister Schouwspe" Demo gefiel mir sehr gut von ihnen, daher war ich sehr gespannt auf ihren Auftritt, auch die Bilder auf ihrer Webseite machten Geschmack auf das Dargebotene. Wie erwartet waren sie auch Live sehr gut. Vom Outfit her haben sie sich am meisten hergerichtet von allen Bands am Festival. Komplett zerfetzte, mit Farbe/Schlamm verschmierte Kleidung trugen sie, und auf exaktes Corpse-Paint wurde verzichtet. Die Bühnen-Performance war sehr gut, durch das Outfit und die aggressiven, fast durchgehenden brutalen Blastteile erschufen sie eine phantastische Atmosphäre, und das bei Sonnenschein!


Taken from Lords Of Metal - www.lordsofmetal.nl

Live at Arnhem
"Fluisterwoud! The band that dragged me here to Arnhem. Somewhere else in this e-magazine you will find an interview I had with a couple of members of this Dutch black metal band. I knew practically nothing of this band, except for a couple of mp3 fragments and songs. My feeling appeared correct. This is a band that plays magnificent heavy music in the shape of well-built songs. Their sound was a bit of a swamp in the beginning, but got a lot better during their performance. They ripped like a badly oiled tank on the battlefield, firing its guns and ripping up the corpses from the mud and trenches. Powerful riffs, fast drums, screaming vocals, in short black metal at its best. Unfortunately the singer isn't much of a showman, but he does have a very characteristic voice which determines most of the sound of Fluisterwoud. I understood that they played a home match, but still: Fluisterwoud came, saw and conquered all."



Taken from Alliance for the Diabolical Annihilation of Mankind - www.goatwarrior.sphosting.com

Live at London
"This Grim Black Metal band from The Netherlands have been plagued with delays with their, as yet unreleased, new album. But despite this, the crowd were still very much eager to see them and really got into the raging Black Metal attack that Fluisterwoud unleashed. They stormed through their set with real passion and resoluteness, consistently pummelling the crowd with their raw sonic assault. Again, the sound was loud and clear throughout, perfect for unleashing the power of Fluisterwoud. No faults can be found here at all, Fluisterwoud were a brilliant finish to a great night. This kind of gig is just what the UK needs. Let's hope this kind of event happens again soon!"