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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 full-length studio albums, one extended play and one compilation album.

Finsterforst
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Background information
Origin Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Genres Folk metal, pagan metal, black metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Years active 2004-present
Labels Napalm Records
Associated acts Cryptic Forest
Website finsterforst.de
Members Johannes Joseph
Oliver Berlin
Tobias Weinreich
Cornelius "Wombo" Heck
Sebastian "AlleyJazz" Scherrer
David Schuldis
Simon Schillinger
Peter Hamm (live)
Past members Marco Schomas
Stephan Stahl (live)

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.

Cryptic Forest is a German black-metal band from Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg that is related to Finsterforst. Several band members play in both bands.[1]

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HistoryEdit

Formation and Wiege Der Finsternis (2004–2006)Edit

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.

New drummer and Weltenkraft (2006–2008)Edit

In October 2006, drummer Cornelius "Wombo" Heck joined the line-up, enabling the band to prepare for live shows.

In February and March 2007, the band re-entered Iguana Studios to record its début album, Weltenkraft, which was released in July through World Chaos Productions.

...zum Tode hin, new vocalist and Urwerk (2008–2011)Edit

The band's second full-length album, ...zum Tode hin was recorded in July 2008 at Iguana Studios and was released through the German label Einheit Produktionen on 27 February 2009.

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.

Rastlos and record deal with Napalm Records (since 2012)Edit

On 28 September 2012, it was confirmed that the band had signed a new record deal with the Austrian record label Napalm Records.[2] 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.[3]

Mach Dich Frei (since 2015)Edit

In early 2015 Finsterforst released their new studio album Mach Dich Frei. Releasing on January 23 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, January 30 in the rest of Europe and on February 10 in North America.[4]

Band membersEdit

 
Johannes Joseph and David Schuldis

Former membersEdit

DiscographyEdit

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Sieg und Ewig Leben" Victory and Eternal Life 7:57
2. "Schatten der Nacht" Shadow of the Night 9:02
3. "Das Dunkle aller Welten" The Dark of all Worlds 9:01
Total length: 26:00

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Des Waldes Macht" Power of the Forest 5:30
2. "Die Suche nach dem Licht" The Search for the Light 6:21
3. "Lauf der Welt" The Way of the World 8:10
4. "Traumwald" Dream Woods 5:17
5. "Spiegelscherben" Mirror Shards 10:19
6. "Von glorreichem Schmerz" Of glorious Pain 7:13
7. "Rauschende Nächte" Rushing Night 2:29
8. "Weinende Ruinen" Weeping Ruins 8:21
9. "Weltenpilger" World Pilgrims 9:42
10. "Verlorene Seelen" Lost Souls 13:31

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Urquell" Fountainhead 11:45
2. "Das große Erwachen" The Great Awakening 12:14
3. "Seines Glückes Schmied" His Good Luck Blacksmith 11:24
4. "Sturmes Ernte" Sturm's Harvest 13:36
5. "Untergang" Downfall 21:37
Total length: 70:36

Track listingEdit

Disc oneEdit

The first disc contains all the tracks from their "Wiege der Finsternis" EP plus the bonus track "Försterhochzeit".

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Sieg und Ewig Leben" Victory and Eternal Life 7:57
2. "Schatten der Nacht" Shadow of the Night 9:02
3. "Das Dunkle aller Welten" The Dark of all Worlds 9:01
4. "Försterhochzeit" (Bonus track) Forester Wedding 3:32

Disc twoEdit

The second disc contains all the tracks from their debut album, "Weltenkraft".

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Des Waldes Macht" Power of the Forest 5:30
2. "Die Suche nach dem Licht" The Search for the Light 6:21
3. "Lauf der Welt" Running the World 8:10
4. "Traumwald" Dream Woods 5:17
5. "Spiegelscherben" Mirror Shards 10:19
6. "Von glorreichem Schmerz" Out of glorious Pain 7:13
7. "Rauschende Nächte" Rushing Night 2:29
8. "Weinende Ruinen" Weeping Ruins 8:21
9. "Weltenpilger" World Pilgrims 9:42
10. "Verlorene Seelen" Lost Souls 13:31

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Nichts als Asche" Nothing but Ash 13:19
2. "Fremd" Foreign/Strange 12:21
3. "Am Scheideweg" At a Crossroad 1:28
4. "Stirbt zuletzt" Sturm's Harvest 10:19
5. "Ein Lichtschein" A Flare 13:40
6. "Rast" Rest 1:59
7. "Flammenrausch" Inebriation of Flames 22:10
Total length: 75:16

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Abfahrt" Departure 0:58
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
8. "Finsterforst" Dark Forest 23:53
Total length: 73:53

Track listingEdit

No. Title Translation Length
1. "Battle Gods"   3:56
2. "Auf die Zwölf" On the Twelve 3:57
3. "#YØLØ"   4:38
4. "Hangover"   5:19
5. "Wrecking Ball"   3:30
6. "Beat It"   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
Total length: 40:23

Cryptic ForestEdit

Cryptic Forest history (2003-2014)Edit

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.[6] 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.[7]

Cryptic Forest DiscographyEdit

See alsoEdit

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