Let’s make this a quick one because of goddamn Vodafone.

They killed three tries to post something, corrupted them before wordpress could back them up.
I’m not happy.

Until they manage to get their act in order (there will be angry telephone calls tomorrow), I’ll post short posts and try to retain my thoughts offline to add later.

Today should have been about German Medieval Rock music. In Extremo, Corvus Corax and Svbway to Sally, to be exact. As they were instrumental in making this sub-genre explode in the 2000’s.
It was barely visible style even in the “related” sub-cultural fields during the 1990s. It was there, there were influential bands since the 1960s(!), yes! I know. But look at 2001-2005. Look at Faun, Omnia, Tanzwut, Schandmaul, Helium Vola and the explosion of the popularity of Medieval Rock/Medieval Metal in goth (and even some mainstream) clubs during those times. The three bands I mentioned made that possible in Germany. Especially during the late-90s, the all released highly influential and still highly-acclaimed albums (STS: “Foppt den Dämon”, IEX: “Verehrt und Angespien”, CC: “Viator”).

And to be honest… I don’t know what brought this change. Although I kinda think that the Lord Of The Rings starting to come out in 2001 helped, too. (I remember quite a few people running around in “Elfen haben doofe Ohren!” and “Legolas” T-Shirts while out clubbing from 2001 onward.)

Enjoy something from In Extremo, until I get Vodafone/Arcor to get their shit together.

It’s called “Galgen”, and is a German hard-rocking cover of a song that was already covered during the glorious 60s/70s (1970) by Led Zeppelin, then called “Gallows Pole” and found on their album “III”.

Later, folks!

2 thoughts on “Let’s make this a quick one because of goddamn Vodafone.

  1. Ah, those where the days. I loved the music by Subway to Sally, In Extremo, and – a little later – Schandmaul, too. Too bad I’ve grown out of it… today it does nothing for me. The old stuff is still okay, but I can’t get into the current medieval stuff… or wait, now they’re doing pirate-stuff, do they? Or was it steampunk? Blah, I really don’t care any more. What about you?

    Cheers, Marcus

    • I kinda lost interest in the new Stuff by In Extremo after “Raue See/Mein Rasend Herz” and in Svbway with “Bastard” and everything after that. It’s just… Not doing it for me any more. They broadened their horizons so widely that they don’t appeal to me any more. I’m happy for them and their new-found audience, but… I got my own, new poison now. And Schandmaul really let me down with the last two albums. I wanted to like them, but… :( Too “boring”.

      Acts like Faun and Omnia are where it’s at for me. Abney Park for Steampunk goodness (I’m running a successful Steampunky-Pirates RPG campaign with their own RPG now, so… ;) ). And for Pirates? Running Wild! And more recently: Alestorm. Damn, Alestorm! Get their latest album if you don’t know them. It’s so much fun! Catchy, hard, driving, at times even witty… :)

      Then there are the old records. I still love all my old IEX and STS stuff, as well as acts like Elster Silberbruch and performers from the 60s and 70s and newer bands. Medieval is declinging right now, yes, but the bands that still do it are really, really good.

      I mentioned Faun: Their albums keep getting better and better. It’s not the fast-paced stuff that IEX and STS gave us, but it’s damn good stuff.

      And only tangentially related: The new Fiddler’s Green album is PURE WIN! Soooo damn good. :)

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