02 Deus Lo Vult
03 Madre Di Salvezza
Featuring – Art Abscons, Rose Rovine E Amanti
04 Lady In White
05 Europa Der Freiheit
06 Alles Licht!
Featuring – Von Thronstahl
07 Rome’s Calling [Thronerben Version]
Featuring – Karma Marata
08 Gesänge Zur Nacht
09 Dreams Of Rome
10 Marienburg [Imperator Version]
Although I am very skeptic when it comes to reviewing mixes of martial/ neofolk, neoclassical or simply martial industrial music, I nevertheless attempt to give it a try, because you never know when and where you find a pearl. Still many albums, even if they are technically well-made or have some idea behind (and this idea may be even somewhat new), still there is a possibility that after listening to it for some time you realize that you have heard it somewhere, as if the album is a puzzle collected from the pieces of different albums and times.
The band we are dealing with is Spreu & Weizen (if I try to give it an English equivalent, it might be Chaff and Wheat), whose mastermind, founder and the only official member now (?) is Sig P. (formerly of „Seuchensturm“). The band was found in 2009 and describes itself as militant christian music. “Got Vergelt’s” (Save God) was recorded under collaboration with another musician – Josef Klumb, as well as appearance of a number of bands – Von Thronstahl, Rose Rovine E Amanti, Art Abscons, Karma Marata. “Got Vergelt’s” is a second full-length album, if I am not wrong, and the fourth piece of work generally under the name Spreu & Weizen. Other works include two splits (one with Von Thronstahl and another one with Der Jager) and a full-length album “Gott Erhalt’s”.
Right, now I should somehow come back to the album this review is dedicated to. Curiously, this album caught my attention and I decided to give it a chance. I still have to mention that it also gave me an impression of being a collection of different pieces – from different times, bands, genres, styles. And it is not a surprise, because this album was composed in a collaboration with various musicians of the first league of martial/neofolk and industrial stream, such as Von Thronstahl, Rose Rovine E Amanti. Here you can distantly hear romantic vibes of Rome with its sparkling guitar chords and vintage Ianva with its Italian passionate spirit, love for trumpet and measured tracery rhythms (Madre Di Salvezza), as well as more martially oriented pieces of composition, featuring synth instruments and viscous and heavy rhythms not so common for martial industrial music. Sometimes we hear amorphous sound patterns with narration in German which remind of creepy moments from a soundtrack or the passages from heavy dark wave compositions (Alles Licht), slowly being supplemented with sharp and sluggish rhythms, trying to make us dive into a cold atmosphere of the world of dark sun. And then martial industrial turns into a very motivating piece, which is a combination of various samples – from classical pieces, movies, narration and of course the heavy rhythm which got an initiating kick in the previous track (Rome’s Calling (featuring Karma Marata)). The album seems to peak, to reach its culmination and then suddenly everything becomes calm, like after the storm and there comes the time of memories, the time of dreams. There comes a moment of lyricism, which also reminds more of a mix between darkwave and neoclassical music than of the martial industrial. Ethereal vocal background creates a dreamy atmosphere (I would say it is a pretty successful track). There is an interesting track that stands out of the album and makes me think to a melody from a music box, the one presented to children and kept on the table near the bed…a little bit weird, a little bit creepy, a little bit sad and melancholic (Dreams of Rome). Rome in this track, as I perceive it, has an image of Eden, heavenly land pierced with tranquillity the modern life lacks, and you get a certain mood after listening to it. The album is closed with a pompous majestic piece, once again trying to remind us of something we have never known or experienced, but somehow have a distant idea of – Rome