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v/a * Lichttaufe – Der Folklore Liedschatz – Wave Gotik Treffen Leipzig (cd 2000 prophecy productions)

However (neo-)folk music was not really that well represented on the ninth Wave Gotik Treffen (especially not when things started to go wrong), it was decided to release a special folk-compilation for this edition of the festival.
Unmistakingly this is a really good compilation, as a matter of fact, this is one of the better compilations that I know. It lasts for almost an hour and features exclusive tracks from known and less-known folky bands from the gothic scene. These bands are: Hagalaz’ Runedance with a brilliant new song in the “shamanistic” vein. Next up is Empyrium who’s “exclusive” track is the same as on “On The Brink Of Infinity” (see review elsewhere). Still this is a beautiful dark orchestral track. Then we have a nice neo-folk song from Orplid. Also we find Tenhi from Finland, who already released a mcd and a cd on Prophecy Productions, but their song isn’t really good. Further we have Hekate (who also have a cd combining industrial, ritual and folk), Of The Wand And The Moon (cd reviewed elsewhere), Scivias, Waldteufel, Forseti, Spiritual Front and Dies Natalis. All tracks are at least average and some are simply great.
Over all I can recommend this cd to anyone who needs an introduction into gothic folkmusic.

Orplid * Nächtliche Jünger (cd 2002 prophecy productions)

Ever since their brilliant first cd of 1998, Orplid has been one of my favourite bands. After quite a long wait came some vinyl and a mcd (some even released before I started these pages, the debut originally as well) all very good, but not as good as the debut cd. The same goes for “Nächtliche Jünger”. This new cd is much more tranquil than previous releases and only at the end there are some industrial influences and darker material. Also the songs aren’t as ‘victorious’ as they used to be anymore. What remains are beautiful modest songs with acoustic guitars and singing or electronic music and singing. A very nice cd again of this German band.

Orplid * s/t (cd 1998 eis & licht tonträger / 2000 prophecy productions)

Yesterday I was taping a few Orplid releases and I thought that it is actually a shame that one of my all time favourite albums didn’t have a review in Sententia, especially because it was re-released a while back, which should have given me a reason to review it anyway. But at least Orplid did already got a place on my page while another brilliant band hasn’t: Blood Axis. The good news is that a new Blood Axis album is anounced by Tesco and the classic debut cd from 1995 (Chthulhu / Storm) which was already rereleased by Misanthrope, will be available again on Tesco in a remix, so I guess also Blood Axis will be here some time soon.
But back to Orplid. I have had my copy since it was just out and Eis & Licht was a small and rather unknown label. I was totally smashed by the music of Orplid and they re-awoke my interest in dark neo-folk music which obviously was out there. Orplid plays tranquil neo-folk with very nice male and female vocals, extremely dark neo-folk with industrial and totally industrial tracks and in a way I hadn’t heard before. Maybe you can compare this with Ordo Equilibrio, but don’t expect Orplid to sound the same (actually they are better in my opinion). Fortunately everybody is again available to get their hands on this masterpiece. Orplid also has a brilliant mcd on Eislicht called “Geheiligt Sie Der Toten Name” and an outrageous 10″ “Das Schicksal”. In a few weeks the new 10″ “Barbarossa” will be out. Whenever you are able to buy yourself an Orplid item, don’t hesitate, because “NIEMAND IS BESSER ALS ORPLID”!!

Of The Wand And The Moon * I Crave For You / In A Robe Of Fire (7″ 2001 prophecy productions)

  • neofolk

It was a nice show of mr. Larsson and friends yesterday in Bochum (ger). Too bad about the other two bands (Tenhi and Dornenreich unplugged) who bored the shit out of me. Of The Wand wasn’t even headliner…
Anyway, I didn’t have this 7″ yet, so I decided to buy it. It contains two tracks in alternative versions. I Crave For You this time with Matt Howden and In A Robe Of Fire this time without Matt Howden in contrary to the versions on the latest cd (see review elsewhere). However to be played at 33 rpm, this is a very short 7″. Only for collectors I guess.