Band: HREFNESHOLT (as part of a compilation)
Title: Mit Fester Hand – Allerseelenlieder
Format: A six-panel digipak CD release on the Ahnstern label (Austria) in 2011. Full colour panels, silver factory pressed CD, catalogue reference Ahnstern 43.
Edition: presumed unlimited
01. Ernte * Santa Sangre (Jodorowsky Mix) 2:10
02. Tyr-Kreis * Ernting 3:34
03. Haberfeld * Olle Lust Wui Ewigkeit 4:53
04. Die Weisse Rose * Flamme 3:52
05. Fanes * Sonne Golthi-Ade 4:14
06. Sagittarius * Musa 4:31
07. Scivias * Idun 4:04
08. Fräkmündt * Firnföuskamerad 4:08
09. Hrefnesholt * Herbstlied 5:34
10. Ô Paradis * Marqués De Púbol 4:45
11. Blood Axis and Sangre Cavallum * Sonne Golthi-Ade 3:51
12. Sturmpercht * Sturmlied 5:24
13. Larrnakh * Knistern 4:30
14. Àrnica * Foc De Salamandra 5:11
15. Klammheim * Allerseelen 5:23
16. Der Arbeiter * Flama 4:53
17. Der Feuerkreiner * Feuersalamander 5:05
18. Cawatana * Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit 3:57
19. Svarrogh * Heiliges Blut 4:40
20. Allerseelen * Mit Fester Hand 3:40
Brand new and literally hot off the press into Nazgul's eager hands comes this tribute disc to the mighty Allerseelen, released on the Austrian Ahnstern label (an imprint of the Steinklang label).
Perhaps a compilation dedicated to the evergreen Austrian project Allerseelen was always going to be a likely event given their twenty years plus of activity in the European underground, but this is nicely done as it features personal friends of Gerhard Hallstatt of Allerseelen. Drawing mostly from the rich roster on the Steinklang/Ahnstern labels, "Mit Fester Hand" presents an interesting overview of Allerseelen work in varying interpretations, though mostly within the neo-folk genre.
Though Nazgul may not be an expert in the area, not everything on "Mit Fester Hand" is pure gold to these ears although of course the vast majority of tracks I'm hearing for the first time in these interpretations. It's a very timely and honourable tribute to Allerseelen though, and an interesting release for anyone with interest in the European industrial/neo-folk arena.
Rather than attempt a ham-fisted attempt at a track by track analysis, Nazgul will leave you momentarily in the capable hands of Filth Forge (www.filthforge.org) for their review of the entire album:
There, you can't say that wasn't both thorough and interesting.
The Hrefnesholt song is referred to above as 'scorching', which isn't the word Nazgul would necessarily have employed: rustic, quaint, folksy, slightly demented (ok, that's two words) all might have been contenders though. It's a whirlwind of wooden folk percussion, bursts of guitar, and couldn't sound more 'of the forest' if you took the CD down to the woods and nailed the bugger to a tree.
Great to see one of Hugin's projects on this release, cementing his reputation as an artist of value and renown in the field (or, indeed, the forest). You can find your own copy via the online shop at www.steinklang.at and begin your journey today...