Rauhnåcht – Urzeitgeist
I’ve come across this Austrian one-man band a few years ago and was instantly hooked on their versions of fellow Austrian’s Sturmpercht songs on their 2010 album, Vorweltschweigen. 4 years on, and Stefan Traunmüller – the man behind Rauhnåcht, also known from Wallachia, Golden Dawn and Sternenstaub – releases another album: Urzeitgeist. Musically this will please everyone into Falkenbach, Abigor, Amestigon, Wolves In The Throneroom, although Urzeitgeist definitely has its own unique style.
Rauhnåcht conjure up the alpine atmosphere so very well – in fact, Rauhnåcht are being described as Alpine Black Metal. Sweeping melodies, raw parts mixed with folky parts, the odd clean background singing. The drums pound, then go over into fast black metal, back to mid-tempo, there’s the occasional flute (Der Weg Zurueck), and he uses acoustic instruments from the alpine areas, like the Teufelsgeige, trumpets, Alphorn, accordion. You can tell there is someone at work who knows how to write a song and how to use his instruments.
If there’s a flaw then it’s that the album relies a little bit too much on the folk side, and doesn’t put enough effort into creating more adventureous music. It’s easy listening, pleasing black metal – we shall see if it stands the test of time.
Review by Sinmara