Genre: Folk Acoustic Folk Black Metal Pagan Black Metal
Label: Steinklang Records
Sturmpercht and Rauhnåcht are two Austrian bands that decided to cooperate for the release of this beautiful split album, each one giving its own version of Alpine folk music. Sturmpercht is a totally acoustic Alpine folk band, while Rauhnåcht play atmospheric pagan folk black metal. The idea behind this cooperation isn’t new, since the two bands have worked together again, for the EP version of “Zur Ew’gen Ruh” back in 2012. Now they decided to repeat this experiment and expand the idea in a full-length album. Keeping the same title with the EP, they released the complete “Zur Ew’gen Ruh” album on the 15th of November 2014 via Steinklang Records.
“Zur Ew’gen Ruh” includes 4 long songs and its total duration is over 61 minutes. Each song is divided in 2 parts. The first part of each song belongs to Sturmpercht and the second one is Rauhnåcht’s version of the song. Sturmpercht’s parts move in the typical style that this band has invented, a wonderful mixture of Alpine folk music and Neofolk. Using only local traditional acoustic instruments and few clean or whispering male vocals, the band manages to create a very natural nostalgic authentic atmosphere. Their music isn’t as minimal and experimental as before, and their orchestrations are somehow richer and more melodic. The second (and longer) part of each song belongs to Rauhnåcht, the personal project of Stefan Traunmüller. He offers us 4 songs of atmospheric melodic Alpine black metal, with a wonderful natural sound, maybe the best the band ever had. His orchestrations are really beautiful with many acoustic instruments to accompany the distorted guitars. Apart from the more typical pagan black metal parts, there are instrumental parts with a folksier approach, folk black metal parts and enchanting acoustic passages, all unified by this unique Alpine atmosphere of Rauhnåcht’s music. I find their music a bit more technical and melodic than before, much more versatile, organic and less repetitive.
Stefan has always been influenced by the lyrics and music of Sturmpercht. Furthermore in this particular album, he was also involved in Sturmpercht’s “side”, something that explains the solid atmosphere of the whole work. All four songs begin with a more tranquil acoustic style, which slowly prepares the listener for the outburst that finally comes in the middle of each song, with Rauhnåcht’s pagan black metal. However the folk orchestrations and the basic melodic lines of each composition continue throughout the whole song. The truth is that if you don’t know it, you think that you listen to one band from start to end, which in my opinion is a very positive thing. ”Zur Ew’gen Ruh” is actually a cooperation rather than a split album. I strongly recommend this album to fans of pagan folk black metal, who will most probably appreciate both bands very much. Sturmpercht’s fans could also find interesting this experiment, listening to a more “extreme” version of their beloved music from a band that tries to explore the wilder side of Alpine folklore. “Zur Ew’gen Ruh” is released via Steinklang Records in 3 wonderful editions with amazing packages, which you can see below. You better visit both bands’ official pages for more details and sound samples. Their previous works are great too…
- CD in 6 panel matted A5 digipak with partial glossy UV print:
- Double LP in forest-green and leaves-brown vinyl housed in a heavy standard sleeve with very special partial UV-glossy print + foldout lyric-inlay:
- Double LP in forest-green and leaves-brown splatter-vinyl housed in a unique, mega-heavy velvet gatefold (1500g/m2 carton!) with embossed silverprint plus a exclusive, one-sided bonus 7″ on printed transparent vinyl + foldout lyric-inlay: