Einblick in den Qualenfall is the second full-length release by Western German black metal duo Verdunkeln, and the fact that its title translates to "Insight into the Torture Case" almost seems like an invitation for smart-aleck critics to throw out their "torture, indeed" one-liners. Yet, when it's compared to your average pancake-makeup hyper-"kvlt" Euro-black metal bands, Verdunkeln's particular recipe is quite honestly more interesting than most. Sure, the Teutonic duo partakes in many of the necessary genre clichés, or else it wouldn't be crude black metal, but amidst the trademark raspy vocals, brisk flights of buzzsaw guitars, and production so bleary it's anything but "production" (don't forget the illegible inverted cross band logo, too), Verdunkeln generally stick to slower doom tempos, gloomy keyboard atmospherics, and even harmonic Gregorian-like chanting (see "In die Irre" and the slightly Bathory-esque "Auf Freiem Felde") for their epic-sized compositions. OK, so no one would ever confuse German-croaked ditties like "Im Zwiespalt" and "Die Saat der Klinge" for those of ultra-sophisticated practitioners from the other end of the black metal spectrum (Emperor, Enslaved, etc.), and, unfortunately, Verdunkeln do cross the line from "intentionally sh*tty in a cool way" to "just plain sh*tty" during the clumsy monotone vocals of "Der Quell" and the never-ending 17-minute slog of "Der Herrscher." But at least these guys aren't simply imitating Venom or Darkthrone like everyone else -- this is way more kvlt!
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia