Ignis Fatuu - Neue Ufer (2011)
2. Spiel des Lebens
7. Neue Ufer
8. Wenn nicht ich, wer dann
9. Wahre Schönheit
10. Junger Krieger (Drachenreiter II)
12. Stille Wasser
Vocals and guitar: Alexander
Vocals, flute, bagpipes, shawm: Irene
Violin, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, nyckelharpa : Alex
Last April Ignis Fatuu released their second album with Trollzorn. Neue Ufer is an album full of folk. When reading labels as Folk Death Metal or Folk Metal usually appears the image of a more or less fast, usually guttural and broken voices, and not always is the case. The popularity of bands that play death, viking or pagan with folk instruments seems that some people even come to bother with comments like "another folk band" when other styles have had and have more output than these styles with traditional influences. But the called Folk Metal, more than one style is an influence, many bands of disparate styles that introduce traditional instruments without having anything in common. Ignis Fatuu is not a band of death or extreme metal, is a group that could say without being very wrong they are closer to folk than to metal, the labels in these cases may confuse more than help.
Clean vocals, rich in melodies, the presence of many traditional instruments, rhythms and fresh half-times, these are the main features Ignis Fatuu. A group that could be playing in a metal festival and in other of traditional music without any problem. To some will be too soft, too hard for others, it is difficult to move between two waters, but in this case, they have make it with a high note. Recall that are German, a country with a long tradition of folk bands, in all its forms, rock, metal, punk and traditional.
The disc begins without introduction, a theme quite strong but full of melodies, Wolfszeit of Irene's hand with wind instruments and vocals. Highlight how precious is the warmth of her voice. The second track is the most commercial, faster and catchy with a chorus that hooks you from the first listen, all a perfect item to break into a direct, Spiel des Lebens. Tracks like Scherenschnitte, Wahre Schönheit or Wörterschmied will like to the most metalheads. Maskenball, Neue Ufer, Wenn ich nicht, wer dann, Albtraum or Hochmut are more traditional. also we can find songs like Stille Wasser full of changes and the voices of Alexander and Irene engage with a great result, something that echoes throughout almost all the tracks on the album.
The overall sound could be improved, but does not diminish the result of Neue Ufer. An album that risks being misunderstood by the fnas of classic metal for being too soft or too folk, but for fans of folk and metal, they will have a very good album.