Genre/Influences: Medieval, Mystic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Wolfenmond is a band that has been mainly active during the first decade of the millennium years. Driven by their singer Sonja Saltara, “Aufbruch” is the first new album since “Neumond” (2009). The work has been accomplished by the addition of guest musicians and a choir. “Aufbruch” is inspired by the mythical universe and stories of the Vikings.
Content: the work is mainly characterized by this unique magic of Medieval music. You get the impression of hearing troubadours playing authentic/folk instruments like bagpipes, flutes, hurdy-gurdies ao while empowering guitar playing and melodic electronic arrangements are achieving the work. The songs have been sung in German revealing the charisma of Sonja Saltara.
+ + + : “Aufbruch” stands for a phenomenal return of Wolfenmond. This work has this Medieval reverie mixed with mysterious atmospheres and empowered by heavy guitar playing. On top you’ll hear the impressive vocals of the band’s singer. She has the power to inject an emotive touch to the composition. The use of authentic –and rather typical, instruments for this kind of production reinforces the magic. The album has a strong visual appeal –and even if the central theme is about Vikings, I got the impression assisting at a performance of troubadours in a castle. There’s a perfect fusion between all different elements of this composition, the Electronic sound arrangements adding something extra on top.
– – – : Even if I really like the sound of bagpipes, it can become a little bit repetitive after a while.
Conclusion: “Aufbruch” is more than simply a return; it’s a great piece of music appealing for Medieval lovers.
Best songs: “Kuss Des Todes”, “Seemannslied”, “Todesengel”, “Aufbruch”.