Ed. of 300 copies on 220 gram black wax. After more than three years of research & development, WALDTEUFEL finally deliver their new opus: SANGUIS. First conceived as a 12”, it has since blossomed into a full-length album.
SANGUIS features lyrics by two nearly forgotten German personalities – Stefan George & Alfred Schuler, who can be considered the two opposite poles of the ‘Cosmic Circle,’ a group of mystically inclined German authors that were active in Fin de Siecle Munich– as well as lyrical fragments from the ancient Indian Vedas.
Musically, it runs the gamut from dense hypnotic atmospheres, ritual passages to metallic chants and triumphant percussion-heavy hymns. It is the most adventurous and varied WALDTEUFEL work so far, and expands and deepens the themes explored in the first album “Heimliches Deutschland.” The instruments used include everything from accordeon, violin, wood percussion, horns to electric guitar, Moog synthesizer and that most archaic instrument of all: the voice.
SANGUIS intends to focus the listener’s attention on the realm that lies beyond all appearances, a radiance which is mirrored in our most elemental selves: the essence of breath and blood that surrounds our spiritual core.
SANGUIS was entirely recorded by Markus Wolff and Tyrsson Sinclair. Wolff has had a long musical career as a drummer/visual artist of the legendary percussion/performance collective CRASH WORSHIP. He has also been a live drummer/percussionist for many friends, including SORIAH, IN GOWAN RING, BLOOD AXIS, WITCH-HUNT, ALLERSEELEN, and CHANGES as well as the drummer on the ALETHES “Aletheia” album. He is currently also active with Black Metal formation L’ACEPHALE and the experimental chamber musick ensemble A MINORITY OF ONE. In ages past, Tyrsson Sinclair commandeered the extreme metal entity WARHATE. His current solo-project is NORTHMAN and he is also developing a new project called HAMRAMR.
That cheeky little wood devil. It was weird enough when Markus first donned his Waldteufel hides in '95. After the sub-tribal thud of Crash Worship, such earthen tones seemed almost extra-terrestrial. 12 years on and he continues to crack open die Erde, and houses her escaping spirits and demons in lieder for the Vreaky Volk to sing. Sanguis is well named as it not only taps into the stuff this life's veiny floe, but also happens to be bloody brilliant. The opening psychedelics raise the standard, call the wild and deliver a definitive apocalyptic folk-you to genrefication. A droney accordion meditation sounds like some avant garde Wehrmacht era B-side, then followed on by a slow and sturmy Sitzkrieg of black metal. Markus's baritone rolls up a centre column of buzzing guitar flanks like a Panzer division pushing back some unseen musikal enemy. This bold and inventive advance is supported further on by sonic cannon rounds of rounds and canons firing ever thickening salvos of voice and sound, as if midwifing some impossible juxtaposition of an ersatz gothic Beach Boys and a Bier drunk Popol Vuh. Despite the technology and the occasional glints metallic, Sanguis sounds built of ancient marrow. Markus's vocals are a powerful root upon which girthy boughs of folklore expand Himmelward. German lyrics add to the poetry and provenance resulting in a sort of Neue Alte Deutsche Welle (NADW). Or, perhaps, Zauberkraut (Achtung Herr Kommisar: Zauber=magic. Alles Klar?). Whatever you prefer to call it, Waldtuefel is more delicious than Dunkels and will knock over anyone's Maginot line without chipping a hoof.
• Der Große Rausch / Wiederkehr 7" (Volkways, USA, 1996, ed. 500)
• Berghoch am Walde / Perchtentanz 7" (Ultra!, USA, 2000, ed. 500)
• Heimliches Deutschland CD (Ultra!, USA, 2001)
• Eines Gottes Spur 10" (Eis & Licht, Germany, 2003, ed. 900)
• Heimliches Deutschland 2LP version (Volkways / Rautmann, USA, 2004) ed. 400; Art editions 15 copies each
• Rauhnacht MCD (Terra Fria, Portugal, 2005) ed. 500
• Berghoch am Walde 7” 10th Anniversary ed. 60 copies in handmade sleeves (Volkways, USA, 2006)
• Rauhnacht CD / LP (Percht / Steinklang, Austria, 2007) LP ed. 500 – re-release
• Sanguis CD / LP & 7” (Beta-lactam Ring Records, USA, 2007)
"Perchtentanz" : The Nitha Fields CD (Ultra!, USA, 1998)
"Wolfzeit" : Cavalcare la Tigre. Julius Evola: Centenary CD (Eis & Licht, Germany, 1998)
"Lucifer” : Lucifer Rising CD (Athanor, France, 1999)
"Von Saat und Ernte" : Lichttaufe: Der Folklore Liederschatz CD (Prophecy / Eis & Licht, Germany, 2000)
"Wolfsstund" : The Pact...of the Gods (Fremdheit / Tesco, Germany, 2000)
"Leben" : Hermann Hendrich CD (Nibelungenhort, Germany, 2002)
"Jüngers Subtile Jagd" : Audacia Imperat picture disc LP (Oktagon, Italy)
"Eibenlied" : Infernal Proteus 4 CD & Book set (Ajna, USA, 2002)
“Wir Rufen Deine Wölfe” : Wir Rufen Deine Wölfe CD / 2LP (Ahnstern, Austria, 2003)
"Sonne golthi-ade" : Tyr 2 CD & Book (Ultra!, USA, 2004)
"Sonnenhirsch" : Tonwerk Flammenzauber 2 CD (Eternal Soul, Germany, 2004)
“Durch” : Eichendorff CD (Noltex, Germany, 2005)
“Wolfsstund” : Looking For Europe : The Neofolk Compendium 2CD & Book set (Prophecy, 2005)
“Blühe Mein Herz” : Forseti Lebt (Noltex / Prophecy, 2006)
“Die Erde…” : Yule MMVI (Cascadia, 2006)
• Filmwerk Flammenzauber - 2 DVD compilation, concert & interview footage (Ahnstern / Steinklang Records, Austria, 2005)
• “Bergsturz” & “Riesenbrüder” on STURMPERCHT Geister im Waldgebirg CD / 2LP
(Percht / Steinklang, Austria, 2006)
• “Eibental” on VOXUS IMP Myrikvidi LP (Eis & Licht, Germany, 2007)
• “Totentanzlied” on SONNE HAGAL full-length album – forthcoming.