|Review: Taunusheim - Nebelkämpfe|
Label: Schwarzdorn Productions
Year released: 2005
Review online: March 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Even though I got this CD from a trade with another writer a while ago, it was just too good for me not review it and telling our readers about it. So I decided I should add it and do as if I got it like any other regular promo.
Taunusheim is a young German band presenting us their very first full length Nebelkämpfe. You would have guess right by thinking this work was done in their native tongue and it serves its purpose extremely well. Based on folkloric elements taken from Nordic/Germanic tales, the compositions tell about battlefields, sagas and the mighty Taunus Mountains, their main source of inspiration. The four musicians incorporate more folkloric instruments such as mouth harp, flutes, acoustic guitars and foghorn into a Black Metal canvas which becomes almost an old school style while keeping at all times an epic feel throughout the opus. Good crushing riffs and kicking drums and bass can make for some juicy and meaty metal parts. Calmer, more relax moments are also offered such as the title track with female/folkloric singing on a water source background or on "Taunusheim" where singer/guitarist Erik presents his native land in English. To top it all off, discrete or symphonic keyboards are often there to bring up the epic/Viking feel of their compositions but not to forget the more folk oriented acoustic guitars present on a couple of their best songs, "Followed by the Raven" and "Die Reise Zum Aar".
Perhaps a bit short in time with its 33 minutes, but filled with only great pagan times, only making me long for Taunusheim's next musical journey.
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