"As far as I am concerned, this is a major step forward for this Dutch band. 'Illustra Nos' can serve for both fans of trve nineties black metal as for lovers of the recent wave of atmospheric black metal."
- Lords of Metal
"The first song presented for streaming late last week, “Until the Bitter End“, strikes with cyclonic intensity, and then follows that breathtaking opening assault with a changing array of heavy-hooked riffs, while never lifting its claws from your throat for long at a time. before beginning to rip like a maniac again. The music really is a whirlwind experience, accented by a jaw-dropper of a solo at the end — right before a startlingly abrupt stop."
- NO CLEAN SINGING
"Illustra Nos is an incredible black metal album that channels all the greatness of the 90s black metal scene and adds a lot of modern and progressive elements to it, resulting in a unique, yet traditional sound that is sure to be enjoyed by fans of oldschool and modern black metal alike."
- Metal Soliloquy
Weltschmerz (from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.The Dutch gentlemen that make up the band Weltschmerz felt that this moniker suited their brand of Black Metal perfectly.
After releasing several demos and the addition of guitarist Eitr in 2012, Weltschmerz released its first full-length album in 2014 entitled Odium Humani Generis through Immortal Frost Productions. The band has since then been taking Europe by storm with live appearances in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland.
released October 26, 2018
Hræsvelg: guitar & bass
Eitr: additional guitar (#2 & #3)
Noëmi Schermann: vocals (#3)
Gied van Oorschot: cello (#2 & #5)
Christiaan Post: trumpet (#2 & #6)
Berend van Gurp: trombone (#2 & #6)
WELTSCHMERZ is Hræsvelg and Valr (2018).
Drums recorded by Thomas Cochrane at E-Sound Studio’s, Weesp
Guitars recorded by R. Schmidt and Weltschmerz, Utrecht and Amersfoort
Bass, vocals, brass and cello recorded by Weltschmerz, Utrecht
Mastered by Dan Millice at Engine Room Audio, New York City
Produced by Hræsvelg
Album cover design and typography by Walter van Kalsbeek
Cover painting by Cecily Brown
All music and lyrics written by Weltschmerz
Weltschmerz thanks Bas, Steven, Noëmi, Gied, Berend, Christiaan, Ruben, Wallie, Thomas and Dan.