Orplid – Barbarossa

Neue Deutsche Folklore! This 10″ has a title with historical connotations. Barbarossa was the nickname of the red-bearded emperor Frederik I, Operation Barbarossa was the name of the invasion of Russia by the Germans in WII. With this new 10″ Orplid sets foot on new, more electronic territory. Side A contains the title track ‘Barbarossa’, consisting of three parts…

Orplid – Das Schicksal

Five songs from this new stars on the German neo-folk front, who made such an impression with their self-titled album. This was the first vinyl release by Eis & Licht, a small label, whose releases are often vinyl only (mostly on 10″) and very limited, and that has a good ear for new neo-folk bands…

Ostara – Never weep / Overworld

A beautiful picture disc in a series of 7″ singles released by World Serpent. Two new songs from this English neo-folk formation, who continue in the poppy style they featured on their album ‘Secret Homeland”. Great melodies, nice singing, and songs that remain in your head for some time. Overworld is a beautiful folksong, with piano and strings, Never Weep has more of a 80’s feel to it…

Ostara – Operation Valkyrie

A one-sided single, I think I did not posses such an item yet. The one track on this 7″ from Ostara is the well-known and excellent ‘Operation Valkyrie’, the ‘hit’ on their album “Secret Homeland”. So, no new material here, only a nice picture disc. Conclusion: for fans and collectors only. And don’t try to play the ’empty’ side, as I did the first time by accident. Your needle won’t dig it…

Ostara – Whispers to the Soul

This time a release from Ostara on the German label Eis & Licht, a 10″ with no less than 6 songs. First ‘The Trees March North’, which I already knew from their mp3 page, a good catchy song that will stick in your head. Then two songs that I already knew from a previous Ostara single, Overworld and never Wepp, both folky popsongs with good melodies…

Sol Invictus – Eve

This single from Sol Invictus comes as a beautiful picture disc (a new part in a series released by World Serpent) with on one side artwork from Tor Lundvall, an artist whose work I admire, and on the other side an old woodcut from Lucas Cranach. On side A of the single we find the song Eve, one of the better tracks of their latest album Hills of Crosses…

Sophia – Aus der Welt

Shortly after the debut album comes a new 4-track vinyl relase by this solo-project of Arcana’s Peter. This 10″, on brown coloured vinyl, follows the same line as the debut of Sophia, bombastic ritual music, especially the title track is majestic and overwhelming…

Sturmovik – Feldweihe

An LP on impressive heavy vinyl, released by Tesco, limited to 750 copies. The bandname sounds threatening, and so does the music. War is the theme here, and the musical style is not too heavy industrial, often more ambient/soundscape like. Feldweihe could be the soundtrack to a WWII movie. Many samples are used, from U-boots, aircrafts, military speeches and the like…

Winterkälte – Progressive

When I first heard this 4-track maxi some years ago I was completely blown away. At that time Winterkälte wasn’t at the top of the rhythmic industrial scene yet, this was one of their first releases (from 1997) and it was also my first encounter with the Hands label. I bought it when I was impressed by the show of this German powernoise duo at the first Maschinenfest, I think it was in 1998…

V/A – Wo die wilde Kerle wohnen

Rather strange item, this vinyl single. Four different bands are presented here, each with one track. The cover and the title make sure you can’t take this too seriously. The cover is not very informative, on the back you can only read ‘Rauhnacht 01’. On the vinyl itself you can find the bandnames, but no songtitles and you can decide for yourself which is side ‘A’ and which is ‘B’….

V/A – The Pact 2: … of the Gods

A few years after part I now comes the sequel of this interesting compilation, released by Tesco. This album is mostly filled with top neo-folk bands, and was compiled by Ian Read (Fire & Ice) and Michael Moynihan (Blood Axis), with some unreleased songs on it. After a short intro by Willam Burroughs (‘is this machine recording?’) an acoustic song from veterans Changes follows…

V/A – Solaris Collaboration

After the magnificent double cd “Omnon” (see older review) by Polygon comes another splendid release from Polymorph records. The recipe is comparable: the release comes in a very special, luxurious package, a large format paper gatefold sleeve with insert sheet, the music is ambient of the highest standard, that follows the line of ‘Omnon”…

V/A – Voltage II: electronic vivisection

Not everyone knows that Johan van Roy (Suicide Commando) has an own label, called COde Products. As you could expect, this label focuses mainly on dark electro sounds. Until recently Code only released tapes, from bands/projects like Frames a Second, Lescure 13 and Stin Scatzor…

Allerseelen – Alle Lust will Ewigkeit / Traumlied

Two songs from Allerseelen that can also be found on the “The Nitha Fields” compilation cd. This single is dedicated to Leni Riefenstahl, whose portrait is on the cover, taken from the film ‘Das Blaue Licht’, in which she played in 1932. On the back other film stills can be found. The vinyl itself has […]

Aurum Nostrum – Whip of Mind

This LP was the first release by Ring-Tor, who also brought us Blut & Feuer. That means that we are in the German folkloristic corner here. The album, that is pressed on coloured vinyl (somewhere between brown and red), was, to my surprise, already recorded in 1996. The band consists of six members here, with […]

Backworld – A vagrant thought/ The tide

Joseph Budenholzer again proves his craftmanship with this new Backworld single. On this vinyl picture disc, in a series released by World Serpent, we find a nice illustration with a graveyard sculpture on Side A, the other side is filled with psychedelic blue flowers. The song ‘A vagrant thought’ is rather solemn, mainly acoustic guitars, […]

V/A – Bringing Light and Darkness

This compilation LP (limited to 300 copies) was released as a souvenir to the Trio Noir/Of the Wand and the Moon concert in Copenhagen, February 2001, organised by Bragagild…

Camerata Mediolanense and Pavor Nocturnus – L’Alfière

Two Italian bands can be found on this 10″ released by Eis & Licht, both with two tracks. The record comes with a really wonderful insert sheet. On side A, the well-known medieval formation Camerata Mediolanense brings us a 10 minute long version of L’Homme Armé, one of the best songs on their repertoire…

Darkwood – Talons

After two rather different albums, one mostly with neo-folk, the other with industrial/ambient, I was curious what the German band Darkwood would offer us on this single. Well, two good songs in any way. On side A a slow song with nice female vocals, called ‘Ferocity’. The B-side, ‘Fatherland’, is an instrumental tune with piano and fierce drumming…

Death in June – We said destroy / Fire & Ice – The unquiet grave

Douglas P and Ian Read on one single! The single comes in a nice hardcover sleeve and is signed by both legends. Death in June offers us an experimental version track called ‘We said destroy’. It does not resemble their classic track of that name at all, it is noisy and very chaotic, getting very loud toward the end, not so easy to digest…