Genre: Industrial Drone / Dark Ambient
01 The Level Beyond Human
03 Flaggan På Halv Stång I Drömmens Västergård
04 Upon the High Horse of Selfdestruction
05 Situazion: Lebensgefahr
07 The Last Breath of Tellus
08 Mani vs. Apati
09 Tillsammans Men Ensam I Stillhetens Kapell
10 Obducentens Dröm
11 De Vårdar Mig In I Döden
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3. the power to determine action without restraint
Freedom is a way of life and term that we all take for granted every day. Of course most of us are thankful for our freedom, but how often to we stop to actually understand just what freedom means? To actually taste the air in our lungs and know that the outside world is ours to grasp and embrace. We go through our every day lives, committing our own personal petty sins and never think twice about what kind of confines or restraints that we could face the next day from any individual, or any framed crime. Without reason, we can all be incarcerated against our will. It seems fitting to me that this review finally be conducted now that Nattramn has be acquitted of the false accusement that he assaulted two men when he merely acted in self-defense. Nattramn nearly lost his right to freedom, even though innocent, and I can promise you that he now tastes every breath of air that enters his being like it was his last. Freedom... what is your personal bondage?
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr is the solo project of (generally) black metal enthusiast Nattramn. Many of you may know him from his other project (involved ex-Shining and ex-Deinonychus members) called Silencer, of which I may add has one of the most interesting promo photos that I have ever seen to date. According to reports, the band was ended because of the fact that Nattramn was institutionalized. Whether these claims flow from his charges of assault or a different incident, I do not know, but the fact is he's back with a new, incredible project.
The debut album from Diagnose: Lebensgefahr is this, Transformalin, release in August of 2007 on Autopsy Kitchen Records. The music explores minimal drone and dark ambient atmospheres with a touch of gore interest thrown in for good measure. Most of the album seems to focus on self-destruction/mutilation as well as a physical transformation. There is a great deal of submission and physical torture seen through the scarce lyrics on the album, and a recurring theme to pigs. Half of these almost seem sexual in nature, as if an extreme submissive man is pleading to be ripped apart and shredded through some insane death fetish. The flesh is ripped apart and left to bleed dry on the hooks of Nattramn's own discontent. On top of this, there are also a great deal of luciferian overtones. The Last Breath of Tellus is the prime example of this, through the blatantly said words "Enlighten my Lucifer!".
Now so much beauty as filthy, the true allure in this album lies with Nattramn's compositional talents. IT isn't necessarily the music itself that makes this release memorable, nor the gritty and foully descriptive lyrics, but his ability to build the listeners senses continuously through important tracks only to have them cut away and be taken back down to Earth for the dark ambient pieces. This is a world of sincere discernment. This is the world after your final judgement on the way to hell. This is the path you must cross on your journey to your own prison in your filthy afterlife...torture and pleasure await you in the same passionate frenzy of dismemberment. Beg for your soul...