Tanzwut – “Schreib Es Mit Blut” (AFM Records)
If you’ve never heard these guys before then they are easily Germany’s best medieval rock band! After 17 years of skillfully mixing catchy Neue Deutsche Härte dance beats with even more heart grabbing folk melodies, it all comes together on this 10th album that continues the band’s tradition in fine style across the 15 superb tracks. From Teufel’s charismatic vocals ranging from gruff to rapping to theatrical, the strong twin bagpipes from Bruder Schlaf and Pyro deliver those potent melodies backed by the guitars and hard hitting drums which definitely give a kick to songs like ‘Bruder Leichtsinn’, ‘Geteert Und Gefedert’ and ‘Wenn Ich Tot Bin’. Themed on Goethe’s ‘Faust’ and his pact with the devil, the German sung lyrics add the dark finishing touches that brilliantly contrast the upbeat music on what is an irresistibly catchy album confirming Tanzwut’s high reigning status!