This excellent medieval band was formed some time ago out of the medieval scene in Germany. In a short time recently they've been able to release three excellent albums that have received high praise amongst fans of medeival, celtic and neo-folk music in Europe. Their debut album was released in the spring of 2003 and was titled Zauberspruche
and received positive reviews and feedback launching this band's career. They quickly followed up with their sophomore work Licht
which renewed the intrigue of this band. This was followed by their DVD Lichtbilber
featuring live performances, interviews, video clips and more.
2005 brought about their third excellent album Renaissance
. The band builds more onto their career and their talents with added instruments, styles and character with this release. However, the best part about this album is that they also released it through the North American label Noir Records
, the Dancing Ferret
sub-label focusing on the ethereal and medieval sub-genres of the gothic scene. Now the fame of this band will spread farther and wider amongst new found fans around the world.
Fans of medieval, celtic, neo-folk and ethereal music will love this band. They mix in bagpipes and danceable beats for sounds similar to Corvus Corax
, beautiful vocals that should entice Estampie
fans, and the occasional modern synth that Qntal fans will really enjoy. The band is composed of five talented musicians that each show a love for their music. Members include Oliver Sa Tyr (vocals, celtic harp, etc.), Lisa Pawelke (vocals, hurdy gurdy), Fiona R�ggeberg (vocals, recorders, whistles, bagpipes), R�diger Maul (percussion) and Niel Mitra (synths, etc). Their talents are noteworthy and come together well for an excellent sound that will leave an impression. Listeners of Gothic Paradise radio should recognize this band's name and relate it to their fun medieval musical renditions. If you haven't heard them yet, don't wait any longer and check them out.
Renaissance - Review
This all new fun album from these masters of medieval music shows how the band can continue to evolve and grow on each work.
This album spans the genres of gothic, medieval, celtic and folk music for a nice selection ten great tracks. The music varies between upbeat and smooth romantic ethereal, so there's a little bit for all fans of this music.
The album starts off on a bouncy and upbeat note with "Satyros" which is a fun traditional song that you can imagine the people gathered around a large fireplace or at a festival dancing and singing, the flautist playing and others on percussion and other instruments. This leads to "Da que deus" which is another upbeat and fun track based on a traditional portuguese poem and music. At this point the album changes direction slightly for an original track by the band "Tagelied" featuring male vocals and a smooth, sweet harmony. At this poitn we reach something of an interlude with "Rhiannon", a traditional and fun-sounding instrumental piece which reminds me a lot of Corvus Corax
pieces with the bagpipe being at the forefront and the additional of the occasional cheer from the musicians.
picks up the album again with a haunting Sephardic piece "Sirena", which is about sirens calling to a bride before her wedding, sung by a pair of sirens and accompanied once more by a myriad of period instruments with the pipes at the forefront for a spectacular mix. At this point we've reached one of my favorite pieces on this album.  Anyone that's familiar with the ethereal radio show here will no doubt recognize a love for smooth ethereal music with a muse lending her vocal talents for a mesmerizing piece. "K�nigin" is this piece featuring another original piece by the band with Lisa on vocals. The listener is then lured into what seems like an ambient, enchanting theme and is thrust into the maelstrom with the onslaught of slowly building percussion and tempo to a fun climax in "Iyansa". After this surprisingly raging piece we're left once again with a beautiful ethereal piece "Liobere Risen" that will melt the listener's heart with it's beauty. Once again the we're treated with male vocals on "Rosmarin" with another original piece by the band written in traditional fashion that shows the band has talent in not only recreating traditional pieces, but in creating their own. This brings to the finale of the album "Das Tor" which wraps it up in grand fashion through simplistic and hypnotic beauty building on a simple rhythm and vocals, building, ebbing and flowing through intricate tapestries and then fading, leaving the listener wanting more. This final piece is possibly the best piece on the album in simple elegance and a perfect way to end a great work.