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Double CD in digipak 28 tracks in total Two booklets Booklets including all lyrics Limited to 3,000 copiesWith "Katharsis" and "Pagan Folk Songs", Schindler releases two stand-alone, equitable and each for itself uniquely captivating MANTUS records on one double album, thus ultimately underlining his devotion for dark music. "Katharsis" is a MANTUS record that couldnt be more archetypical. And even though everybody familiar with that Janus headed project knows that this in itself can mean a lot of things, it must be said: It has been long years since MANTUS last sounded that iconic and fresh at the same time. "Katharsis" is gathering all the trademarks that made MANTUS become one of the fixed stars of dark music in the first place. Melancholia and sombre energy, pushing beats and opulent melodies, heavy guitars and throbbing sequences, all overshadowed by Martin Schindlers haunting vocals. "Katharsis" is the cumulation of intensity, and it is songs like "Chaos" or "Neue Fr" that showcase Schindlers impressive talent. "Katharsis" is his reckoning with society and with himself - an ultimately cathartic process that will change artist and listener. Unique, surprising and totally baffling is what Martin Schindler is offering on "Pagan Folk Songs". Just like "Katharsis", it is an album carrying that well-know melancholy, that hopelessly bitter-sweet aura in its DNA. And yet it is heading for an altogether different musical path. True to its title, Schindler is acting out a long cherished and finally exorcised passion and is embracing a selection of touching, archaic, powerful and utterly spiritual folk songs. In the tradition of bands like OMNIA, FAUN or WARDRUNA, Schindler is gazing into his very depths and is excavating his roots in an unparalleled and unheard-of way. This is not simply a MANTUS album with acoustic instruments. It is an altogether new facet to the work of an artist born again. Still, a MANTUS fan will recognize the aura of this project even on "Pagan Folk Songs". The artistic expression, the shamanistic, hypnotic thrall of these songs, however, carry a sacral, bewitching momentum one might associate with SOPOR AETERNUS. Maybe Goth traditionalists are the better Pagan Folk artists after all...

TRACKLISTING: 01. Pandora 02. Chaos 03. Sonne 04. Suss Wie Der Tod 05. Moment 06. Immer Wieder 07. Augenleuchten 08. Hinterburg 09. Illusion 10. Neue Fuehrer 11. Truemmer 12. Transformation 13. Tagebuch DISC #2: 01. Pagan Spirit 02. Cernunnos 03. The Stolen Child 04. Scottish Dance (part One) 05. Ran 06. Beltane 07. Anderswelt 08. Furor Celtica 09. The Heart Of It All 10. Neumond 11. Yggdrasil 12. Djemaa El Fna 13. Scottish Dance (part Two) 14. Earth And Fire 15. Avalon

Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 25-01-2019
Item # : 523710     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK

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