Nina Irmscher has an urgency in her voice that gives each word undeniable meaning. The offsetting harsh vocals are the perfect accompaniment of an offering that becomes more complex with each listen.

Despite the numerous innovations technology has brought to music, old fashioned ‘word of mouth’ is still the best way to pass along information. Whether it be gleaned from a computer screen or viewed in high definition, we tell each other what’s good.

Ebony Wall is from Germany and they’ve been active since 2011. I initially wasn’t sure what to expect from this band because the name is so unusual. A bit of research taught me Ebony Wall is actually a dark, nearly vertical rock wall which can be found at the head of the Pettus Glacier in Alaska. An interesting name for a symphonic metal act featuring Gothic influenced power metal. There’s enough strength in their well-rounded attack to make the real Ebony Wall crumble!

The innovative keyboards really help Ebony Wall to stand out, from menacing vibe to a positive flow that holds some real head-banging power. The symphonic arrangements heighten the overall attack and help emphasize the lyrics. The guitar work is very emotional, a perfect blend of elegance and power. However, as great as these accompanying musicians perform on this release, the vocals are the real bright spot of Time. Nina Irmscher has an urgency in her voice that gives each word undeniable meaning. The offsetting harsh vocals are the perfect accompaniment of an offering that becomes more complex with each listen. Highlight tracks for me are: “Strangers in Hell”, “Creatures of the Night”, “Headless Horseman”, “Oracle” and “Time”.

If there is a downside to Ebony Wall’s Time, it’s that it was released back in 2015!  I’m ready for a follow-up. Check out this release and spend some time with Ebony Wall. \m/

Ebony Wall are:

  • Philipp ‘Nafta’ Dießl – Drums
  • Yves Merton – Guitars
  • Bert Wolter – Bass
  • Ronny Schuster – Guitars
  • Nina Irmscher – Vocals
  • Nikolas Dießl – Keyboards
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