Waldteufel — Sanguis
(Beta-lactam Ring mt069b, 2007, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01
Waldteufel is the German duo of Markus Wolff (primarily vocals, drums, and percussion) and Tyrsson Sinclair (other instruments, vocals, etc.) and this is their fourth full-length release. Their music is extremely dark and ritualistic, often consisting of long passages of mysterious chanting, bathed only in reverb, or hypnotic pieces driven mainly by drumming, with chanting voices and small parts for other instruments like a horn or violin. A primary component to their sound is the atmospherics, nearly always menacing, dark and foreboding. Fragments of melodies supplied by accordion or violin may sometimes connect what they do with something more musically flavored. Other times a very primitive sounding space-metal engulfs what they do, reminiscent of the early work of High Tide, with heavy and repetitive fuzz guitars taking a front seat along with the chanting. Apparently their lyrics (in German) are adaptations of the works of two nearly-forgotten mystical authors, Stefan George and Alfred Schuler. The long and the short of it is that whatever direction their sound happens to be taking at any given moment, the everpresent chanting pretty much puts their music in its own unique space. Definitely worth a listen.
Related artist(s): Waldteufel
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