Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bloody Woods - "Romanzen" [2015]

Artist: Bloody Woods
Title: Romanzen
Genre: Neofolk
Country: China
Year: 2015

Track List:
  1. Intro: Die Ballade Der Loreley
  2. Im Tollen Wahn
  3. Love Story
  4. Der Wunde Ritter
  5. Blasses Angesicht
  6. Maliry
  7. It Won't Stop
  8. You Can Smile
  9. Doch Sie, Die Mich Am Meisten
  10. Wanderers Nachtlied
  11. Sonnet 39
  12. Berg Und Burgen
  13. Down By The Lake
After several years of hiatus, one of the best known Chinese neofolk acts Bloody Woods (not to be confused with the Indian metalcore band Bloodywood) has released a new full-length album in 2015, and it has a more Western European character than many actual European neofolk bands. I absolutely won't be suprised if such an album was released by a German band, because it features mostly ballad-like songs with lyrics based on the poetry of German Romanticism (in particular, Heinrich Heine).

It also has some metal influences (especially doom, which isn't surprsing given that the founder of Bloody Woods, Bai Shui, is also a member of a doom metal band Solitary Piligrim), which weren't present on their earlier releases. There are also some faster/danceable songs ("Maliry") and re-recorded versons of their early sons ("You Can Smile"). Overall, it's the best Bloody Woods release so far and definitely recommended to all the fellow lover of neofolk with lyrics in German (even if it's made in China, like pretty much everything nowadays):

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