I more or less overlooked Endstille for the first decade or so of their existence, subconsciously dismissing them as a Marduk clone. For right or for wrong, I assumed that the Germans were essentially a poor man’s Marduk and I never liked Marduk all that much when they were all about panzers and blitzkriegs. To be honest, I only started to appreciate the Swedes after Mortuus had joined their ranks and they released ‘Rom 5:12’ in 2007.
Eventually I turned an ear to Endstille and investigated ‘Infektion 1813’ a couple of years ago. Thought it was a decent album so I was always going to check out the follow-up. And ‘Kapitulation 2013’ is another fine record. Granted, it isn’t in any way innovative or ground-breaking (doh!) but Endstille’s eighth full-length is still a really, really solid example of uncompromising Black Metal.
All the lyrics (great English, guys!) are included on the insert and the label has done a professional job with presentation etc. All in all, this is a very good LP, although admittedly not necessarily a great one. Having said that, I am doing this because I fucking love Black Metal and I can’t get enough music like this. Hard to legitimately find fault with this.