WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN 2018

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Date:- Friday 18th May until Monday 21st May 2018

”Its nearing that time of year again where the annual pilgrimage to Leipzig gets under way and a large section of the worlds Goth community, around 20,000 people go see a large eclectic selection of bands and performing artists along with the experiencing of numerous exhibitions at various museums in and around the city!! Just think, 1992 was the first year of annual darkness with only 8 Artists on the bill including Das Ich and 25 years later 231 bands played! The organisers started small, worked hard with the groundwork and we finally get to  where we’ve ended up today, a festival that has become an integral part of the Leipzig calendar. Whatever your musical tastes you’re sure to find something that satiates the palate be it EBM, darkwave, post punk, neo folk, metal or shoegaze. And there’s sure to be some theatre, comedy and burlesque for variety. The festival is a city-wide experience and is not just concentrated in the central area so you can get a flavour of the whole city if you so wish!! I’ve been twice and i think it is a great place to hold an event like this because the city embraces all things dark and you are made to feel very welcome! And because Leipzig is not a sprawling conurbation like London it is within capability of getting around fairly easily!! Places to visit while in Leipzig include:- The Museum Of The Printing Arts, The Natural History Museum, The Museum Of Applied Arts and the Monument To The Battle Of Nations! Also check out the Alter Johannisfriedhof  (St Johns Cemetery) or Südfriedhof if you have time”

”Usually people start preparing for the following years festival not long after the current one has wrapped up so if you have not sorted out accommodation yet then i suggest you get on to that  asap!! Many places won’t accept bookings for less than 5 days and i suspect most of those have gone already but you may be lucky especially if you decide to go the hostel/Air BnB route!!”

”Bands so far confirmed for this year include:- Australian outfit Buzz Kull,  Trepaneringsritualen, Front Line Assembly, Jesus And Mary Chain, Tiamat, Einar Selvik and God Module.You have to go to this festival at least once in your lifetime and trust me when i say you’ll not regret it!!”

LINK:-

http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/info/

https://trepaneringsritualen.bandcamp.com/

http://thejesusandmarychain.uk.com/

https://buzzkull.bandcamp.com/

https://frontlineassembly.bandcamp.com/

https://einarselvik.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/godmodule/about/

http://www.sadgoth.com

http://www.facebook.com/WaveGotikTreffen

http://www.airbnb.co.uk

https://www.hostelworld.com

 

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WARDRUNA LIVE!!!

Venue:- The Union Chapel, Upper Street, Islington, London.

Date:- 17/11/2016

Main Members:-

Einar Kvitrafn Selvik:- Founder/Lyrics/Music/Most Instruments/Vocals

Lindy – Fay Hella:- Vocals

”That was brilliant that was!! I’ve not come out of a gig in a while feeling invigorated and entertained!! It was was not only the hairs on the back of my neck that stood up but also the ones on the small of my back and on the back of my legs!! The Union Chapel, a place I pass most days and is just up the road from where I live, I have lived in Islington for 18 years and it took Wardruna to get me into the venue!! It is brilliant for this type of music!! Music that speaks to your soul, your inner being!! The only other place that Wardruna could have performed in London with this type of music is The Royal Albert Hall, but then again maybe not!! The Union Chapel is just the right size for intimate!! It is cavernous but not mega cavernous, the gothic arches and the oldness meld with the music in a kind of symbiotic pureness!! Wardruna is an experience that commands your attention just like a charismatic preacher in the full flow of a sermon!! The band asked that people did not constantly use their phones during the performance as it was distracting and is irritating to other audience members and to the performers alike! Go old school and absorb the experience in your minds eyes, live the experience and give your memory a work out!! For the most part the audience respected this request and I appreciated the fact that I was at a show where bloody smartphone screens on show were kept to a minimum. As a photographer I am used to going to gigs and being told that I have 3 songs maximum and no flash!! If I can’t get some good shots in 10 minutes or so then there is something wrong with me!! Maybe the audience should be given a 3 song maximum as well, if the band wishes it???

Another thing I like about Wardruna is that the sound is not synthetic!! It is an organic sound created using traditional instruments such as the Kravik lyre, deer hide drums, tagelharps, goats horns and the like. It’s sound that is married to nature, the natural forces, the imagination and ancient ideas and thinking!! It is a sound that entrances and facilitates reverie. This is not shallow music, this is music that strips out the bullshit and gets down to what matters!! It reacquaints you with yourself, its a spiritual cleanser!! Tonight’s set was mainly music from ”Ragnarok” the third album in the RunalJod Trilogy, for those that don’t know the RunalJod Trilogy is 3 album music rendition of the runes of the Elder Fulthark. Gap Var Ginnunga is album one of the trilogy and first graced our ears in 2009, Yggdrasil is number from 2013 and Ragnarok wraps up the trilogy coming out this past October.”Tyr” opens the proceedings with enigmatic horns front lit to enhance the grandness and awe, ”Runaljod” closed said proceedings 90 minutes later with the same feeling!! Lindy – Fay Hella and Einars voices interplaying and interwoven, soft gossamer accented by harsh rope and visa versa, it was  like knotwork crawling around atop the skin before penetration into it, moving around the veins and every pore, intoxicating and openig the doors to the gods!!”

”And then it was all over!! I’ve seen a lot of bands this year but only two have had me leaving a venue with a satisfied feeling of ”WOWWWWW!!! and a cheshire cat grin!! Both are Norwegian!!!”

 

Darkher

Members:-

Jayn H Wissenberg – Vocals, Guitars, Production, sorcery.

Martin T Wissenberg -Atmospheric & Lead
Guitars/Bass

Shaun ‘Winter’ Taylor-Steels – Drums

”A short set of 30 minutes. Very Haunting. I see moorland, cold and desolate and shrouded in fog and mist! One moment I felt lost and then I feel empowered by being lost because I can only find!! In life one minute I know where I am, I know who I am and then the next, as if a switch has been clocked, I feel disorientated and confused, what the hell is this place I stand?? And then, with another click of a switch, I am back!! In places this sounds like Julianne Regan of All About Eve , PJ Harvey, the track ”Hung” and Tori Amos. Take a woman in a long white dress with long hair and  put her in an old chapel and what you also get is a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting! The track ”Forgone” is the All About Eve sounding track, all tension and foreboding!! Wardruna were the guides who laid the crumbs and I found this!!”

 

 

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/wardruna/

https://www.wardruna.com

https://soundcloud.com/wardruna/albums

https://www.instagram.com/einar_selvik/

https://www.youtube.com/user/wardruna

http://www.darkher.com/

twitter.com/DARKHERMUSIC

 

WARDRUNA:- YGGDRASIL

”What can i say about this album?? To put it bluntly is ear carressingly sublime!! An awesome listen, spine chillingly brilliant!! Uplifting!! Energising!! I feel alive as if the universe is speaking to me through the mediums of primitive deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, lur and etc.There is something pure about this music that transcends all pretentions!! This is music made from the heart!! It sounds very Norse but very Greek too and at times very Native American!! What all the aformentioned have in common is the cultivation of dreams, they open doors into the other world! Time slows and problems splinter and all seems fine. I can listen to this for hours with or without stimulation because i am already suggestible!”

 

”This album is part of a trilogy called Runejod which is a music interpretation of the 24 runes or what some would call the Elder Futhark. Some of the recording was done outside in places that are significant to the individual rune and this gives each piece an added gravitas! Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik , vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella have come together and created a piece of pure magic  without veering off into tedium. Yggdrasil’ is also graced with guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Iceland’s leading rímur singer Steindór Andersen.”

If you like a heady mix of earthy and otherworldly atmosphere then i recommend this!!

 

10/10

 

 

http://www.wardruna.com