Twilight of the World
Wolfsblood has united the opposing
worlds of tribal acoustic Teutonic shamanism with modern electronic wizardry.
Combining acoustic drums, According to some people, there wouldn’t be any
Russian dark folk scene without Wolfsblood’s efforts. It’s true that this guy
seems to be active in various activities, as a photographer, as a journalist
and now as a musician. You have to listen to ‘Twilight of the world’ as an
initiation ritual to Northern legends, shamanic atmospheres and esoteric rites.
The music is mainly ambient and composed with gloomy drones sounds, different
‘natural’ noises (birds, winds, water, wolves’cries…), lead by shamanic drums.
Then, some more traditional instruments are added as acoustic guitar, flutes…that
give a more dark folk feeling to some tracks. Wolfsblood tells lyrics of his
own as well as some Aleister Crowley’s (‘Baphomet’) and Scandinavian mystic
words (‘Völuspa). Though he does nearly all
the vocals and instruments, he also invited some famous guest from the Russian
dark scene as Count ASH (Moon Far Away), Peter Sviridov (Embrace Of Branches),
or Veronika (Waldsonne, ex-Languor). Sometimes the atmosphere gets really scary as on ‘The
Last Avatar’ where haunted female vocals make you think of Aghast, or ‘The
Call’ where a melancholy piano and a guitar seem to be swallowed by
roaring and spooky ‘waves’, not to mention the diabolical vocals and sounds on
‘Witches’ Voices’. If you consider the efficiency and quality of the
atmospheres, there’s nothing to complain about (the shamanic feeling is
definitely a plus). The only waek point might be the monotonous and looping
aspect of the tracks that might make you feel a little bored in the end (the
album is long). So, it seems to me that’s it’s important to listen to this cd
in a right mood, as music for rituals.
© 2006 Wolfsblood