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Mittwoch, 9. Januar 2013

Neofolk from Austria: Graumahd

Hi,

i wrote an article about "Graumahd" in the past on my blog here, but it was in german.Now i want to update with an article&facts about this neofolkgroup in english, because i have many guests from us on my blog.Here we go.

Hey folks,

today i want to update with some facts from and about the neofolkband "Graumahd." I like their music in some way.




Graumahd


Their discography consists of an Untitled 7’’ (2004) & a full length album called Cheru (2006), both released by Albin Julius’ HauRuck! label.

Georg O. - Guitars
Wolf L. - Guitars, Lyrics
Jörg B. - Guitars, Voice


Releases:

Untitled (7", Ltd) Hau Ruck! 2004
Cheru (CD, Album) Hau Ruck! 2006


Untitled (7", Ltd) Hau Ruck! 2004

Graumahd was one of the positive surprises for me at the WGT festival in Leipzig. Though far from faultless (it was only their second live appearance), I enjoyed their dynamic concert with six people on stage. I don’t know much from Graumahd, except that they come from Austria and that they have musical relationships with other acts from that country like Allerseelen and Sturmpercht. They also participated on the “Wir Rufen Deine Wolfe” compilation (they played their version live).

This four track 7″ single was released in 2004. There’s no information whatsoever about track titles or credits on the cover. The band uses guitars, drums, flutes and cello to create an accessible kind of neo-folk. The music of Graumahd resembles other dark folk acts, but leaves a positive impression because of the energy and spontaneity that the songs convey. The music seems also to be influenced by older psychedelic folk.

The compositions vary nicely between tranquil and uptempo parts. Especially the (classical) guitars come to the foreground, which are played more sophisticated than many other neofolk acts do. The vocals are a little raw, but that’s no rare thing with this type of music.
This single is over before you know it, so it’s time for an album of Graumahd.


http://www.funprox.com/reviews/graumahd-st/

I bought the album "Cheru", at home i hear very traditional and typical nature sounds.They are relative unknown, but i discover a review about their first album "Cheru." But read the following words from an article.

Cheru 2006

Graumahd’s cd looks like another neo-folk release and is perhaps labelled as such, but has much more in its core. The label concludes it was partly inspired by the psychedelic sounds of the 60ies/70ies. I can only say their guitar styles show a rather open style. Sometimes they are drifting (“Die Letzte Nacht”, “Cheru”), but there are also original layers of fingerpickings or guitar themes (“Ohne Welt”). "..und dann kam Ruhe vor dem Sturm" goes almost psychedelic in their drift, with additional percussion, following in "Jahreskreis 2005", with nice tempo changes, flute and melodically-sliding double bass. Also "Umwelschatten" received extra percussion and flute colouring the music beautifully. Nice. "Ausklang" is a surprise outro track, with harmonium and other sounds.

The lyrics (in German) are according to Wolf "about alpine mysticism, and about never-ending cycles such as the one of life and death." "Die letzte Nacht" for instance are about someone's last night, using some metaphors that should help to overcome the fear of death. Another such cycle is a remaining source of subconscious wisdom (on "Ohne Welt"), about the power of nature (...und dann kam Ruhe...), about the seasonal cycle ("Jahreskreis"). "We use local legends and are inspired by nature itself." "Auwaldschatten" for instance is inspired by a visit to the Danube river. "We use philosophical thoughts and reflect them in the lyrics. We also used parts of medieval lyrics from farmer songs. Mostly it has a quite romantic side on a higher- or metalevel." The lyrics of "Cheru" sounded to me like an old poem from the Romantic period. Wolf : "The first stance is from Cythraw by Soulsearch. We read about the myths of the Nibelungs and there was a theory that Siegfried was Arminius, who defeated the Romans in the Teutoburger Forrest. So we connected the myth with the cheruskian people, whose leader was Arminius. That's why the album is called Cheru. The song is about this tragic figure Siegfried, who fought the dragon in a great battle, but was killed shortly after that." I guess it worked as another metaphor of overwhelming powers of nature in some ancient areas that still belong to nature itself, something which I guess will also have inspired a certain underlying power in the music.

Grahmahd is a guitar trio consisting of Georg O. (Guitars), Wolf L. (Guitars, Lyrics), Jörg B. (Guitars, Voice). Guests on this album are Albin Julius (from Der Blutharsch, Harmonium), Martin T. (Drums, percussion), Iris F. (Cello), Christine K. (Clarinet), Karin St. (Flute) and Thomas R. (Piano, Guitar, voice).

The members were also collaborations before with a few other Austrian neo-folk bands like Der Blutharsch, Allerseelen and Sturmpercht. After one single this is their awaited debut album.


http://www.psychedelicfolk.com/Graumahd.html

More about "Graumahd."

http://www.myspace.com/graumahd
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Graumahd
http://www.last.fm/music/Graumahd

Some Vidz/Songs:

Graumahd - Cheru



Graumahd - Wir rufen deine Wölfe (Coverversion)



Graumahd - Jahreskreis 2005



Graumahd - Auwaldschatten 1



Graumahd - Auwaldschatten 2



Graumahd - Auwaldschatten 3



Hope you enjoy, stay neofolk!