On stage: Saltatio Mortis
|- Saltatio Mortis & Honigdieb
||- Oct. 2009
||- Cologne (D) -
|- Saltatio Mortis, Die Irrlichter & Galahad
||- Apr. 2010
||- Bonn (D) -
- Brückentanz-Festival: Saltatio Mortis, Die Irrlichter & Galahad -
- April 23rd 2010 - Bonn (D); Brückenforum -
Initially the Brückentanz-Festival should last 2 days, but unfortunately the day of gothic rock had to be re-scheduled and will now take place in November. And so only the day of Mediaeval music took place and the fans got the chance to see Galahad, Die Irrlichter and Saltatio Mortis.
Galahad was founded back in 1985 by Paul Alexander were the ones to open up this event. Galahad offered a mix of mediaeval sounds and modern rock. Just 3 years ago they got the Deutschen Rock- und Pop-Preis 2007 and they really know how to entertain the fans. They remind me a bit of Jethro Tull which is probably due to Paul Alexander's German flute.... Later they got joined by Martina Aschenbach who also plays the German flute. Vocal duties are shared by Paul Alexander and Tina Schreiber, sometimes more rock like, sometimes more emotional. With their 45-minute-long set Galahad entertained the fans and to me it's no surprise that they already played some shows with Jethro Tull. Unfortunately they are still waiting for a breakthrough, but perhaps it will happen soon....
After a short change over it was time for the local heroes - Die Irrlichter. Usually the band is playing at mediaeval markets, banquetts and festivals, but also act as bards in live RPGs. Brigitta Jaroschek is mainly doing the song writing and lead vocals. She's the only founding member of the now female outfit. Die Irrlichter were in full cry - and entertaining with their comments and instruments. Too soon their show was over, the audience saw a great performance and enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere.
This time the change over took a bit longer, but as soon as the first notes announced Saltatio Mortis the audience went crazy. It's a pity that there weren't more fans attending, but the atmosphere was great. Their 2-hour set was a triumph for the band, like so many times in the recent past. Singer Alea had the audience under control right from the start and the fans were happy to see the band - even without a big production and grand light show. Live Saltatio Mortis a class on their own and so frenetic applause was the reward the band got. No surprise to fans of the band who played countless mediaeval markets where they showed off their live quality. And so the fans sung along every song loudly.
An entertaining show which was over way too soon. A great, sweaty show with a powerful sound.
If you missed them this time, there are many more concerts to come! Mark October 15th in your calendar, coz that night Saltatio Mortis will play in Wuppertal and celebrate their 10th anniversary with their fans.
For the ones of you who speak German, click here and listen to an interview with Falk Irmenfried von Hasenmümmelstein and Samoel. The interview is about 13 min. long.
- Saltatio Mortis & Honigdieb -
- October 8th 2009 - Cologne (D), Live Music Hall -
This Thursday it was time for some mediaeval rock in Cologne and with Saltatio Mortis' new album Wer Wind sät out now the venue was almost sold out. The band not just celebrated their 10th anniversary, they also entered position #10 in the charts. But first their support act Honigdieb.
A quite mixed audience of fans of middle age sounds, metalheads and female fans waited for the headliner - and they should have some problems with the sound of Honigdieb which combines funk, ska and reggae elements. Not really what the fans wanted to hear. The reactions of fans and the number of fans who left the club don't needed any explanation. Honigdieb simply were the wrong band for this audience and I don't want to quote what some fans said about them outside the venue. I have no idea why someone hires a band like Honigdieb to support Saltation Mortis! Their sound is dominated by violin and flute and has a pop rock edge which reminds me of the French noise rock genre... Not my cup of tea.
In the spotlight of Honigdieb is the hyper-active and scurril singer Sir Hannes who loves strange hats, off-key sounds and weird stage-acting. Next to him the rest of the band looks boring, so when they left stage after 45 minutes they only got courteously applause. Resume, this band was the wrong one for tonight's event and that doesn't do the support band any good.
A quick change over and at 9PM Saltatio Mortis entered the stage for a 2 hour long set which was a triumph for the band. Singer Alea controlled the audience right from the start and the fans been grateful that the band had no need of a huge light show or special effects. That the fans showed by applauding loudly after every song. Live this band is on top which is a result of playing countless shows at mediaeval fairs and so the bound between the band and the fans was growing stronger through the years. Every songs was loudly sung along by the fans, even the ones from their latest album, and the fans danced and laugh, coz Lasterbalk was chosen by the band to be the storyteller tonight. Unfortunately he was forced to stay behind his drum kit, usually he finds time to walk around - at least a bit. And so time was flying. The set contained 18 songs and it was over in no time, but Saltatio Mortis had to do some encores. So they played 5 more songs and when they played Falsche Freunde singer Alea was carried around by the audience. They had a powerful, but crystal-clear sound and so it was a real treat, an awesome and sweaty experience.
Saltatio Mortis are still and will always be a strong live act and it's a pity, if you never see them on stage!
Tod und Teufel
Aus Träumen Gebaut
Salz der Erde
Wir Säen den Wind
Wirf den ersten Sein
Uns gehört die Welt
Keines Herren Knecht
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