|Origin||Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Genres||Folk metal, pagan metal, black metal|
|Associated acts||Cryptic Forest|
Cornelius "Wombo" Heck
Sebastian "AlleyJazz" Scherrer
Peter Hamm (live)
|Past members||Johannes Joseph|
Stephan Stahl (live)
Finsterforst is a German folk metal band from Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, whose lyrical themes deal with nature, German myths, and fantasy worlds. Formed in 2004, the group has released three studio albums, one extended play and one compilation album.
Finsterforst means "dark forest" and it is a reference to "Schwarzwald" ("black forest"), a wooded mountain range in the band's home state.
Besides the usual line-up of instruments used in metal (electric guitars, bass, drums), the band's sound relies heavily on accordion melodies, with the occasional use of instruments, such as the tin whistle and the oboe. The band's genre is often dubbed pagan metal because of its use of harsh vocals.
The band was formed at the end of the year 2004 by Tobias Weinreich, Sebastian "AlleyJazz" Scherrer, Simon Schillinger and Marco Schomas. Because the line-up was not complete, the group decided to focus on songwriting.
Since the band felt it needed a real accordion-player, Johannes Joseph joined the line-up in the spring of 2005, followed by rhythm guitarist David Schuldis in October the same year.
In spite of missing a drummer, the band booked Iguana Studios in Buchheim, Baden-Württemberg, and, at the end of December 2005, three songs were recorded with the help of a drum machine. The songs were released as the Wiege der Finsternis EP in March 2006.
In October 2006, drummer Cornelius "Wombo" Heck joined the line-up, enabling the band to prepare for live shows.
At the end of November 2009, the band announced the departure of Schomas, and that it was searching for a new singer, a position which was filled by Oliver Berlin in 2010.
In May 2010, the band released Urwerk, a two-disc re-release of its first EP (with a bonus track) and its début album.
On 28 September 2012, it was confirmed that the band had signed a new record deal with the Austrian record label Napalm Records. On 26 November 2012, the album Rastlos was released worldwide to positive reviews and it received various "album of the month" awards. For 2014, there's an announcement for a European Tour called "Trolls in the Forest bring Kaos over Europe", together with Trollfest and Cryptic Forest.
In early 2015 Finsterforst released their new studio album Mach Dich Frei. It was released on January 23 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, January 30 in the rest of Europe and on February 10 in North America. Also in 2015, vocalist and accordionist Johannes Joseph left the band.
In 2016, they released #YØLØ, which they refer to as an EP although they reckognise some would call it an album.
In 2 August 2019, they released the album Zerfall. It has only five songs, ranging from 8 to 36 minutes - the latter being their longest track to date, "Ecce Homo". A lyric video for a shortened version of it was released in July 2019.
The effort is intended to be a humorous approach to the pagan metal genre and its title is the name of a Nordic deity that vocalist Oliver Berlin envisioned. The EP has four covers of songs originally by Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, K.I.Z. and Die Kassierer.
|2.||"Auf die Zwölf"||On the Twelve||3:57|
|5.||"Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus cover)||3:30|
|6.||"Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)||4:37|
|7.||"Der durch die Scheibeboxxxer"||3:41|
|8.||"Flasche leer"||Empty Bottle||1:30|
|9.||"Das schlimmste ist, wenn das Bier alle ist"||The Worst Thing Is, When the Beer Is Gone||3:40|
|10.||"The Wild Rover"||5:35|
...zum Tode hin track listing
|2.||"Das große Erwachen"||The Great Awakening||12:14|
|3.||"Seines Glückes Schmied"||His Lucky Blacksmith||11:24|
|4.||"Sturmes Ernte"||Harvest of the Storm||13:36|
Rastlos track listing
|1.||"Nichts als Asche"||Nothing but Ash||13:19|
|3.||"Am Scheideweg"||At a Crossroad||1:28|
|4.||"Stirbt zuletzt"||Die at Last||10:19|
|5.||"Ein Lichtschein"||A Flare||13:40|
|7.||"Flammenrausch"||Inebriation of Flames||22:10|
Mach Dich Frei track listing
|2.||"Schicksals End'"||Fate's End||14:48|
|3.||"Zeit für Hass"||Time for Hatred||9:43|
|4.||"Im Auge des Sturms"||In the Eye of the Storm||1:38|
|5.||"Mach dich frei!"||Set Yourself Free||7:49|
|6.||"Mann gegen Mensch"||Man vs. Mankind||9:32|
|7.||"Reize zum..."||Journey to the...||5:32|
In the beginning, in 2003, the band was only a one-man project by composer Simon Schillinger. A couple of songs came to life, but the project was later put "on ice" because Schillinger's writing focus was resting on his other band Finsterforst at the time. Although Cryptic Forest was officially not active, from time to time he wrote some music unrelated to Finsterforst and shared it with a couple of his friends, who should later encourage him to found a band and to record a short EP. The EP called Dawn of the eclipse was released in 2011, which can be seen as the band's official founding. In August 2013, the debut album Ystyr was released on the German label Einheit Produktionen and a European Tour together with Trollfest and Finsterforst was announced for 2014.
|Zerfall China Tour 2019|
|14 November 2019||Beijing||Mao Live House Beijing||Frozen Moon|
|15 November 2019||Nanjing||Ola Art Space||None|
|16 November 2019||Shanghai||YYT Live House|
|17 November 2019||Hangzhou||Mao Live House Hangzhou|
|18 November 2019||Suzhou||Hill House|
|20 November 2019||Shenzhen||B10 Live|
|21 November 2019||Guangzhou||Tu Space|
|23 November 2019||xi'an||Aperture Club|
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