The musical puzzle that adds up to become Der Weg Einer Freiheit turns into something more complex – yet also clearer defined on the band's fourth studio album, Finisterre. The original pieces are still in play: the aggressive German directness akin to Endstille and a penchant for brooding melancholy as embodied by Imperium Dekadenz. Spiraling psychedelic moments comparable to Deafheaven and Wolves In The Throne Room also find their place – as well as a knack for majestic melodies that shows parallels in Swedish black metal spearheaded by Marduk and Dark Funeral.
Yet while Der Weg Einer Freiheit are clearly progressing along the lines laid out by their previous acclaimed effort, Stellar, the band has found a way to make these pieces fit more seamlessly. Finisterre flows together into a coherent picture that stresses the Germans' unique approach and sound. This album marks the point where Der Weg Einer Freiheit turn their various influences into a work entirely of their own expression despite never trying to cover up their roots. This impressive maturity has been reached through several stages.
Finisterre clearly stands at the apex (for now) of the steep climb that Der Weg Einer Freiheit have taken. This German star is finally shining in full black.