Opera metal act Molllust from Leipzig, Germany will release their second work on March 17th, 2013. It is the 20 minutes EP “Bach con Fuoco“, which contains the 4 winning songs of their performance in the BachSpiele 2012 competition. The band was formed in 2010 and last year they released their first work ever, the wonderful debut full-length album “Schuld“. The fact alone that they won this competition in Leipzig, in which musicians have to show a modern way of working and interpreting Bach, means much more than my review…
This album is different than “Schuld“, since it’s more classical music oriented than opera. Since the 4 songs are arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s original compositions, their is no point in commenting about their quality. What I can comment for sure though, is the band’s interpretations of these masterpieces. The use of metal instruments doesn’t alter at all the “original” atmosphere of the pieces and on the contrary it gives them a very interesting twist. Guitars are really wonderful, fully respecting and following the classical compositions. The band uses only a few classical instruments (piano, electric violin and cello) and not a complete orchestra, so they have a very clear sound. There are parts, where their music is totally acoustic, with classical instruments alone and parts where the distorted guitars add a warm energy in the music, always aligned with the melodic structures of the songs. Janika Groß’s vocals remain in the operatic soprano style and she is breathtaking, especially in some calmer lyrical parts. This time, except for some clean male vocals, they added a few more brutal (not extreme though) male vocals in the third song “Aus Liebe will mein Heiland Sterben“. Molllust had a very difficult and ambitious task and once again they completed it with great professionalism. There are a few parts though, where the result doesn’t sound totally harmonic in my ears and this is the only thing that keeps me from a higher rating. Of course these are just details and in very few parts that don’t change my positive opinion for the band at all. Besides, it’s the overall quality of their music that makes me demand for perfection
If you like the experiments between metal and classical music or opera, then you shouldn’t even think about it. Try to find both this EP and “Schuld” as soon as possible. ”Bach con Fuoco” is self-released again in digipak format by Molllust, like the debut album. This time it is a 6-panel digipak without any booklet. In the links to their official pages below you can listen to their music and buy their albums.