Saturday, April 30, 2011

Klammhiem/Hiemarts/Heimatfolk/2009 CD Review

Klammhiem are a neo-folk band from Austria that mixes elements of Austropop in their music and this is a review of their 2009 album "Heimwarts" which was released by Heimatfolk.

percussions when they are used are very soft and slow beats, while the accordian has a very heavy European folk music feel, as for the bass it is only used as a back drop.

Accoustic guitars utilize alot of full chords, fingerpicking and soft play to get a medievel feel with the last song having an electric guitar solo, while the vocals are all clean singing female and male vocals.

Lyrics are written in the ancient Styrian dialect and are aboutthe longing for Hiemet, the mythical homeland of german romantics, and the writings of Paula Grogger, as for the music it has a very professional feel and you can hear all of the instruemnts that are present on this recording.

In my opinion Klammheim are a very good esoteric neo-folk band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Irrlicht" "Namenlos" "Scharweisse Welt" and "wandel zur Ruh". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Joy Of Nature/The Empty Circle Part II Rastos de Sangue e fragmentos de Tradicao/Ahnstern/2009 CD Review

The Joy of Nature are a band from Portugal that mixes neo-folk with experimental music and this is a review of their 2009 album "The Empty Circle Part II Rastos de Sangue e fragmentos da Tradicao" which was released by Ahnstern.

Accoustic guitars are mostly full chords and fingerpicking that brings out with feel of the dark age with alot of other folk instruments and percussion being used that gives the music a tribal and shamanistic feel mixed in with some noise elements that bring th experimental side to the music.

Vocals are all clean singing male and female vocals with some spoken word passages., while the lyrics are written in Portugueese and it is about the spiritual inheritance of the ancestors of that country, as for the production it is very dark and ancient sounding.

In my opinion The Joy of Nature are a very good experimental neo-folk band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tancheo" "Sete Cidares" "Por Tua Saudade" and "O Corjeto Sinstro das Sombres". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jannerwin/Abendlauten/Heimatolk/2009 CD Review

Jannerwein are a band from Austria that mixes old school folk music with neo-folk and alpine folk with martial rhythms and this is a review of their 2009 album "Abendlauten" which was released by Heimatolk.

There are alot of alpine instruments being used such as harmonica, bells, marchial-grums, flutes, lyra and violins that give the music a classic folk music feel with some electronic elements being used at times.

Accoustic guitars use alot of full chords and fingerpicking to bring an ancient musical sound with some solos being used at times, while the vocals are all clean singing, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swiss and English and are about sad topics with some Gnostic Christian rituals and mysteries from the Alps, while the production has a very dark and ancient feel.

In my opion Jannerwein are a very good neo-folk band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. Recemmonded tracks include "The Grass Is Always Browner" "Den Berg Empor" "Wehmut" and "Abendgebet". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Jahrtal/William Blake von Unschuld und Widerfahren/Ahnstern/2009 CD Review

Jahrtal is a Psycheldelic Folk project from Austria and this is a review of their album "William Blake Lieder von Unschuld und Widerfahren" which was released in 2009 by Ahnstern.

There are alot of many different folk instruments such as a sitar, lute, banji, dulcimer, gzitar, harpzither, psalter, flute, dubuk, schalm, violin, organ and bird's voice which all bring the music a heavy psychedelic folk feel.

Accoustic guitars use alot of fingerpicking and open chords with a small amount of a distorted electric guitar being used at times with some solos, that make you feel like you are in a folk music gathering, while the vocals are all clean singing vocals with some female singing being used at times.

Lyrics are based on the poem's of William Blake and are all translated in german, while the production has a mid 60's, early 70's folk feel.

In my opinion Jahrtal are a very good Psyedelic Folk band, and their approach to reciting William Blake is alot different than bands that have recited heas work in English, if you are a fan of this genre, you should check this band out. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nacht" "Wiegerlied" "Das Schulkind" and "Ach ! Sonnenblume". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Aerial Ruin/Valleys Of The Earth/Vendlus Records/2011 CD Review

Aerial Ruin are a dark neo-folk band from Portland, Oregon and this is a review of their 2011 album "Valleys Of The Earth" which was released by Vendlus Records.

Accoustic guitars a neo-folf riffs that utilized alot of full chords and finger picking to create a very dark sound and at times they get faster, while the electric guitars sound very dark and distorted, as for the vocals are al clean singing vocals that have a 1960's folk rock feel to them.

Lyrics are very dark and depressing themes, while the production has a very dark and professional feel to it.

In my opinion Aerial Ruin are a very good neo-folk band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Amends" "Lonely Of Need" "Sacraments" and "Psalm". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Irij/Self Titled/Ahnstern/2009 CD Review

Irij is a one woman folk project from Switzerland that includes Meri Tadic from Eluveitie with the music being a homage to the Slavic Gods and this is a review of thie 2009 self titled album which was released by Ahnstern.

Accoustic guitars use full chords and picking to create a medievel folk sound while the violins are very folk and pagan sounding which brings up the pre Christain days of the Slavic lands.

Vocals are all clean singing female vocals, while the lyrics are written in Russian and are about the Slavic pagan gods, as for the production it has a very dark and medievel feel to it.

In my opinion Irij is a very good pagan neo-folk band and should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ajde Dano" and "Bogu Govorim". RECEMMONDED BUY

Friday, April 8, 2011

Frakmundt/Urbarglieder/Percht/Steinklang/2010 CD Review

Frakmundt are a band from Switzerland That featues Cz the mastermind behind Vinterriket, Atomtrakt, and Dannagoischd that plays a style that I would describe as being Swiss Ur Folk and this is a review of their debut album "Urbarglieder" which was re-issued by Percht and Steinklang.

Percussions are mostly slow beats with alot of folk instruments being used such as the accordion, flute and violins which gives the music a very ancient feel.

Accoustic guitars are mostly full chords and fingerpicking that are played at a midpaced beat that brings an European folk music feel to the music, while the vocals are all clean singing vocals wioth some whispers, spoken word passages,females singing and a small amount of aggressice vocals that have a black metal feel to them, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark feel to the music.

Lyrics are written in german and cover old sagas and nearly forgotten songs and atmospheres of Switzerland, while the production has a very dark and esoteric feel.

In my opinion Frakmundt are a very good neo-folk band and another masterpiece from cz, if you are a fan of that style and all of the other guys projects, you should check out this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Die Alte Schyzer" "Herschtmanet" "Simelibarg" and "wormer". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Falkenstien/Kraftort/Heimatfolk/2009 CD Review

FalkenStein are a pagan neo-folk band from germany with some progressice/psycheldelic touches and this is a review of their 2009 album "Kraftort" which was released by Heimatfolk.

Accoustic guitars use alot of open strings and fingerpicking to give the music a medievel feel with some leads being used at times, while the flutes have a very ancient pagan sound to them with some other ancient instruments being used at times, as for the vocals they are clean singing vocals with some whispers and female singing being used at times.

Lyrics are written in german and are the Germanic pagan gods and the heathen way of life, while the production has a very dark medievel feel to it.

In my opinion Falkenstien are a very good pagan neo-folk band that should appeal to all fans of this music style. RECCEMONDED TRACKS INCLUUDE "Trudenritt" Kraftort" "Eihwaz" and "Kornmuhme". RECEMMONDED BUY.