Porta Nigra are a German duo that music which will appeal to the dark/black metal aficionado. This LP takes as its theme the degenerate mentality of the rich at the close of 1800s when apathy, cynicism and moral decadence permeated the upper social crust of Western Europe. Dark, critical and very insightful, I consider this essential listening.
Favorite track: Der Spiegel.
Porta Nigra have managed to translate the essence of the degenerated mentality from the end of 19th century, when boredom, pessimism and decadence began to show in literature and arts, into music.
A perfect vision of German decadence, channeling the spirit of the greats like Jean Lorrain and recontextualizing them in German, with a blend of black metal, punk, and doom aesthetics. Outstanding!
Favorite track: Dekadente Nächte.
Where the passage of time is irrelevant, meaningless, and trends are thereby rendered redundant, PORTA NIGRA stands alone, defiant, isolated from the pack. A different breed of beast, one that defies categorisation. These unconventional, non-conformist Germans present a debut full-length that is untainted by modern movements and fashion fads. "Fin de Siècle" belongs partly to a bygone era, a depraved symphony remembering a generation drowned in the decadence of industrialisation – just as the world today is swamped in a different strain of soullessness and decay. PORTA NIGRA steps effortlessly between one corrupted timeline and another, basking in the profane emptiness everywhere, celebrating the corrosion of all things. This music is atypical, eccentric and truly eclectic. "Fin de Siècle" (d)evolves from source to herald the arrival of a new force in extreme art. A dark and bizarre smorgasbord of degeneration, PORTA NIGRA draws inspiration from a myriad of sources to conjure a sound that has a life of its own.