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Solanaceae * s/t (cd 2009)

SolanaceaeKim Larsen of Of The Wand And The Moon apparently wanted to make a more folk and a less neofolk album, so he did and he released it under another name on his own label. Solanaceae has very minimalistic folk songs, while in other songs there are many instruments. There is one song that reminds me of Fire + Ice, but most songs are supposedly in the “psychedelic folk” style. The songs and slow, moody and melancholic (but not as much as Of The Wand) and most of them are quite beautiful.
Link: Solanaceae / Heiðrunar Myrkrunar

Of The Wand And The Moon * Sonnenheim (cd 2006 heidhrunar myrkrunar)

However I like the music of this Danish band, I wasn’t planning on buying this new album. The music is nice, but rather monotous and always the same. Slow and tranquil, minimalistic neofolk. Very nice, but I don’t need to have each and every release of the band (however sometimes some stranger experiments can be heard). The same goes for “Sonnenheim”. It is again a nice album, but nothing new. If you want a good neofolk album, you can buy any album of OTWATM, but you don’t have to buy them all if you asked me.

Of The Wand And The Moon * Hail Hail Hail (7” 2005 heiðrunar/myrkrunar)

I do like OTWATM, but I don’t listen to his music too much, neither do I buy all of his music. Because there haven’t been too many OTWATM releases recently and because I have something with 7”s, I decided to get me one of the 666 copies of “Hail Hail Hail” which was released by Larsoon himself. One side has something ambient, the other more experimental ‘neofolk’. An alright 7”.

Les Chasseurs De La Nuit * Homo Homini Lupus (cd 2006 heiðrunar/myrkrunar)

“If you like a wunderbar dash of Blood Axis, a stroke of Der Blutharsch, combined with a bit of Death In June and NON, you will probably like this strange and h(a)unting release.”
Sorry, I missed something. I thought that we were passed the time in which saying: “This sounds like Der Blutharsch” made a top-seller, even when it was a shitty release far below the level of Der Blutharsch (if it came even near the style). I listened to this cd, but I don’t hear any Blood Axis, no DIJ, no NON and hardly any Der Blutharsch, so what is the point of comparing “Les Chasseurs De La Nuit” with all these bands? “Homo Homini Lupus” opens with a noisy track with distorted vocals and continues with military soundscapes that remind more of Thoroidh than of any of the mentioned bands. Sometimes the style is a bit bombastic, sometimes a bit more industrial, sometimes mr. Larsson of OTWATM is very present and then of course there is a track with old military music. It is not that this is a bad or boring album, but don’t let yourself be impressed by the sales-talk. What you can expect is ambient soundscapes with martial edges that here and there becomes a bit less ambient. Not bad, not brilliant, just a nice album (in an ugly digipack) with some humour as well.