By Marcus Pan
As a concept album, Hexentanz is similar in
vein to work that has been done by Nox Arcana(1), Joe Renzetti's Talking to
the Dead(2) and Midnight Syndicate(3) who have done albums specifically to
capture a story or a mood. Hexentanz, however, have taken the realm of story
and mood-capturing to a new level attempting to capture a complete
Putting a thirty plus minute Sabbat to score with medieval
instrumentation (of which this label is very well known for doing) and applying
otherworldly sounds from outside the normal scope of being, Hexentanz's
Nekrocrafte is a collaborative effort from the famous Soil Bleeds
Black(4) and Psychonaut 75 and, expectantly enough, comes to us from the
Riddick Brothers' label The Fossil Dungeon.
Nekrocrafte is certainly a distinguishably scary CD,
bringing images that certainly represent the Sabbat they aim to capture in
musical form. To what levels Hexentanz has gone to create this CD (possibly
going so far as recording a real Sabbat in session) is unknown, but the realism
of this CD is top notch. It certainly evokes a dark and foreboding mood which
is welcome to anyone even remotely interested in Sabbats, the craft and could
easily be used to fill your house with some distinguishing noise for the
kiddies at Halloween.
Up until now, Joe's Talking to the Dead was the
scariest album I've spun...and still spin. But the soundage of this album is
indeed right up there with the fear factor, and certainly will tingle your
spine and caress your inner demons. The knowledge of the deeper meaning behind
this album only heightens the dramatic flair to greater levels of scariness.
Overall you end up with a terrifying...yet satisfying...collaboration between
these two dark music composition outfits.
The only problem with the album as a whole is the concept
itself. Music is, after all, a medium of entertainment. And many people
wouldn't find a recorded Witches Sabbat entertaining. Interesting? Sure, the
first couple of times. But entertaining on the "Hey let's listen to some
Hexentanz!" level? Not very likely. I do otherwise fully appreciate the idea
behind Nekrocrafte fully. It's a finely made CD, following in the
footsteps of all of The Fossil Dungeon's fine releases. It simply caters to
very distinct tastes...but does so in an excellent manner.
(1) As I write this, Nox Arcanas Darklore
Manor is set to be reviewed in Legends #146 but that hasnt
(2) Written up in Legends
(3) Legends interviewed Midnight Syndicate in Legends
#108 and reviewed
their latest release, the D&D Roleplaying Soundtrack, in #140.
(4) Their Quintessence release was reviewed in Legends #112.
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