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Ein Wintermärchen - 80%

InneresLicht, January 19th, 2012

Appropriate to this season, Karge Welten Kunstverlag published the first advanced marketed release of the Bavarian project "Draumar”. There has already been an album and a split among a few unofficial publications, but always limited to very small amounts. "Ein Wintermärchen" will be published as an edition of 500 copies, including an eight-page booklet.

"Ein Wintermärchen" appears in a romantic, but nevertheless elegiac way. Critics of the genre are often afraid (and often not without reason) that ambient music of non-established electro-artists tends to be amateurish, but "Draumar" manages to create an atmosphere that takes the theme of the album very well without a lot of equipment. Spherical, minimalistic keyboard sounds form the background and are ornamented with various melodies that sometimes are embellished by electric guitars, but more often with electronic keyboard instruments in various costumes. Then there are the obligatory samples of wind noise and other nature scenes that are qualitatively well-managed and used.

The setting of a winter fairytale sounds clear as crystal, cold as a relentless snowstorm and diverse like nature, just as I imagine such an implementation. Because of the playing time of 48 minutes, there is also quantitatively offered enough so that my overall impression turns out very positively. Of course you could change one or the other part by using professional studio equipment and field recording, but the overall work seems already accomplished.

Certainly this is addressed to a comparative small audience, but it would be a shame if this project didn’t get the listening it deserves. A sample of the album, recorded between October 2009 and May 2010, can be found on Myspace and should definitely be tried out.

8/10

Original version from Rottinghill.at, translated into English with their permission.

DRAUMAR: "Ein Wintermärchen" - 60%

skaven, December 17th, 2011

On his second full-length offering Ein Wintermärchen, Draumar most certainly doesn’t break any boundaries when it comes to winter themed ambient black metal, no; the influences of Vinterriket and of course Burzum shine through, but the album is still quite an enjoyable experience even in all its unoriginality.

Ein Wintermärchen is very, very rich in ambient: lush ambient passages - comprising synths, pianos and whatnot - dominate the record and, in fact, it could almost be said that the album is genre-wise ambient with minor black metal elements. It’s not until the six-minute ”I” is gone when the first sounds of lo-fi drums, tremolo-picked guitars and screams (delivered by the mind behind Elffor) appear in ”II”, and just for a minute or so until the dreamy ambient soundscapes are there again to carry the song to the end.

There’s a slight taste of New Ageish sound when it comes to the ambient but it’s bearable. My personal preference would be something less pompous and more minimal, something not this well produced, but I can’t escape the fact that most of the melodies are still captivating and even memorable, which is an achievement in a genre so crowded.

The quality of the music stays steadily good throughout so that there aren’t any annoyingly weak links in the whole, so all in all I find Ein Wintermärchen a successful and worthy album to check out if you prefer a lot of ambient in your wintry black metal. Not hundred percent my cup of tea, but easily above your average ambient black metal album.

3 / 5
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