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Review: Saltatio Mortis - Aus Der Asche
Saltatio Mortis
Aus Der Asche

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 50:11
Tracks: 13
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 6, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Aus Der Asche

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

A nice little surprise from Germany here with a band that I'm sure many of you will be familiar with - yeah, right - folk metallers Saltatio Mortis, who, believe it not, hail from Germany, and are damn proud of it. But quite why they play medieval Scottish metal is unclear…

Ok, to clarify, "Aus Der Asche" or "From the Ashes" is not a spectacular album by any stretch of the old noggin, but it is however, a very inventive collection of tracks that I'm sure will go down well with table-top RPG lovers and avid collectors of Magic: The Gathering. That includes me? Hell yeah, but unlike many other genre clones, Saltatio Mortis has something else to offer the metal world - bagpipes. Now normally, I think bagpipes are the aural equivalent of drinking the entire contents of a colostomy bag. But somehow, these guys make it work, and the only way I can describe it, is a mix of Skyclad and Korpiklaani, with perhaps a little more emphasis on guitars, and with gruffer vocals.

Plenty of acoustic mid-sections, flute and violin interplay, and rough, German gang choruses to satisfy your mead-thirsty needs, all ground into obscurity with a multifaceted borough of musical exploration. Folk metal for metal folk? Absolutely.

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