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    Sonne Hagal – “Helfahrt” – [Eis Und Licht]

    2002 black forest pagan folk, well from the darkened
    forests of Berlin. I think the band’s name refers to
    Sun and a symbol that looks like an ancient asterisk,
    and may refer to hail. That would fit their desire to
    walk in a mix of darkness/light. Even to the point
    of not making clear the band members. Oh well. Most
    songs are anchored in acoustic instruments, guitar
    strummed at the center, some violin, add in a gentle
    electric bass. Lyrics touch upon the natural world,
    the time for harvest, the return of the sun, and at
    one point “let the runes confuse your mind” (during
    “Midwinternight”). There’s a nod to William Blake,
    the band pipes along to two of Blake’s greatest hits.
    At times they work in some electronics, like on
    the warbly, haunting “The Runes Are Still Alive.”
    Another track, “Futhark” refers to a form of runes,
    and catalogs several as a drum machine celebrates.
    I guess that is what gets these kind of “dark folk”
    bands into the sacred temples of metal fans, by being
    pre-Christian, they are inherently anti-Christian?
    This band is very polished and melodic though,
    “Raidho” (another runic phrase for the ride or the
    journey) starts like a lost relic from the days of
    Slowdive.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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