WALDTEUFEL - Rauhnacht CD
CD in digipack with 16-page booklet / Percht
6 songs and 40 minutes about the
Austrian / South German Rauhnacht rituals. "Rauhnacht" is a rural,
ancient soundtrack for the holy Jul nights, combined with dreamingly
sad Folk balads and Pagan Folkmetal hymns. all artwork for this
edition was painted by Markus Wolff in may 2007 on wood-plates and the
CD, as well as the LP, has a booklet with german and english lyrics.
the album was mastered by Axel Frank (WERKRAUM) at the Blue Lounge
Studios / Berlin.
Waldteufel is the brain child of Markus Wolff, born in Germany, lived
in the Austrian Alps for a while and then, as a youngster, moved to the
United States, where he lives in Portland OR now, the US central town
of alternative music. he has been involved in the musical underground
since the mid-eighties when he co-founded the infamous Crash Worship.
After leaving Crash Worship (ten years later) he assisted Blood Axis
with live performances and eventually started his project Waldteufe,l
who have, in addition to appearing on various folk and neofolk related
compilations, now released two 7" EPs "Bergoch am Walde" and "Der
grosse Rausch", a full length album "Heimliches Deutschland", a 10"
record "Eines Gottes Spur" and now the Rauhnacht CD. "Rauhnacht" was
originally released by the Portuguese label Terra Fria. the original
mCD featured four songs on 28 minutes and was released as a limited
edition of 500 copies, housed in a plasticbox with black/white
artwork. for this edition, 2 new tracks with a total of 12 minutes
were added, 2 of the original tracks were newly mixed and all 4 tracks
from the first edition were freshly mastered.
Markus is not only an accomplished musician, he's a shaman, a thinker
and writer, and a amazing artist. His paintings invoke a primordial
sense of rootedness and archaic passion that will send shivers down the
spine. Waldteufel has had a variety of musical collaborators over the
years including Michael Moynihan, Annabel Lee and Aaron Garland but as
it now stands the two permanent members are Tyrsson Sinclair
(accordion, flute, guitar and various other instruments) and Markus.
Waldteufel has a unique approach to music. Markus' original idea was to
have the project be totally acoustic/organic, one which transcends time
and reaches back into the Germanic past to bring forth a deep and
personal experience for the listener. Shamanic drumming, violin,
accordion, cello, viola, bodhran, bells, flute, whistles, trumpet, bass
guitar and Markus' deep galdr and precise Schlagwerk acheive that...and
beyond. And the first releases were definately in keeping with this
plan. But as it goes, things will evolve (naturally) in time and
Waldteufel has addmitedly broken it's own rules. They've have added a
very noticeable electric guitar. This was first heard on the Wir rufen
Deine Wölfe compilation released by Ahnstern in 2004, during the
Waldteufel rendition of Hielscher's invocation. Tyrsson's excellent
guitar work (and accordion) adds levels to the project as a whole and
listeners are again treated to it on the third track of Rauhnacht
entitled Hexe Hild, based on the obscure poetry of Leopold Weber. They
have managed to pull together something entirely unique with this
seemingly incompatible coupling of musical styles. The end result is
something of a percusso-centric metal (but not overly metal, mind you)
that still maintains an organic feel. And that is just the begining.
The first track, Allerseelengebet, begins with a very old, crackling
recording of German hunting music, the traditional fanfare and horns,
barking hounds and horse hooves clattering amidst the esctatic frenzy
that ensues. Then a recitation of the poem of the same name by
Friedrich Hielscher over the Jagdmusik. An ode to the Lord of the Hunt.
With the second track In den Zwölften one is reminded of the earlier
Waldteufel works, with softer drumming and flute, and Markus' vocal
accompaniment chanting the words of Hugo Kaeker. Track 3 is a
shamanic, ritual drum-piece, again about the Wilde Jagd and track 4 is
a dreamingly sad Folk ballad, a fairietale about Frau Berchta and her
legion of restless wandering children's souls. the fifth track is a
poem about the mistress of the Hunt, Frau Holle (the northern German
pendant to Berchta), and the twelve smoke filled nights of Jul. The
sixth and final track is Ur-Odin, a twelve minute song that immediately
brings to mind images of the old sacrificial bogs. The crackling of a
fire, the chirping and croaking of various frogs, birds and insects and
an unsettling whisper. This builds and builds and finally ends with a
recitation of the poem Ur-Odin by Karl Wolfskehl.
The title of the album is indicative of the overall theme; Rauhnacht.
From the beautiful paintings of the old Perchtenmasken and Wotan's Wild
Hunt on the sleeve to the content of the music itself, the poetry and
spirit with which the songs are performed, this is an album you will
want to have near when the time again comes for the Host to ride. -
Berchta und die Spinnerin
Das Wilde Heer vom Hoerselberg
In den Zwoelften