Neun Welten
Valg EP


3.5
great

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If it wasn't so short, I would of probably given this a 4/5 rating.

Neun Welten is a dark traditional neofolk band from Germany. Neun Welten (which means ‘nine worlds') brings to mind every aspect of nature, forest, and aspiration with their dreamy, dark melodies and classical elements. The atmosphere is usually very calm but builds tension with song progression. As a five piece outfit, Neun Welten manage to put on an orchestration of harmonious folk music using an acoustic guitar, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, drums, and a Jewish harp. There are no vocals, simply solid instrumentation throughout this thirteen and a half minute EP. In 2005, after releasing their second EP Valg, the band was nominated the German Folk Award for best newcomers to the scene. I can only say this EP would be much better if they had more then just 3 songs to offer, since thirteen and a half minutes isn’t what you would call satisfying.

Members
Anja Hövelmann - Flute, Clarinet
Aline Deinert - Violin
David Zaubitzer - Acoustic Guitar, Cello
Marten Winter - Drums
Meinolf Müller - Acoustic Guitar, Jew's Harp


The music itself is very impressive, with acoustic passages and beautiful atmospheres created by the violin and the cello. The drums are sort of a minor instrument, used mainly to build tension in the songs to the climax before they end smoothly.

Valg is easily the best of the three songs, with a great foundation and song structure as well as personality. The music really speaks to you even though there are no vocals nor lyrics. The song has a very natural vibe to it, especially with the flute. Nebel Land, the second track and second longest, is a tad sloppy compared to Valg, mainly in the guitars. The song has some beautiful violin and flute playing and has a solid tribal drum underlining faintly with the rest of the music. Overall the song has a slightly more happy vibe to it and even some catchy violin and guitar riffs. Wald Quell is mostly a guitar dominate track, and plays more as an outro to the short two songs then an actual standout track. The use of the Jewish harp with the guitar marks the most significant part of the song’s structure. Though not a bad track, is greatly overshadowed by the other two.

If you like neofolk bands such as Sol Invictus and Tenhi, then you may like Neun Welten. Also, if you like to be able to listen to something and close your eyes for a good thirteen minutes, then you will like Valg. Solid instrumentation is the band’s foundation of the band’s current ‘small’ success. It’s worth a listen.



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Cravinov13
August 10th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Welp, here's my first non-metal review I've done in a long time. Sorry it's short, but I couldn't really say anything else with only 3 songs and 13 minutes to work with.

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments


Could you please tell me what the hell is a Jewish harp?

Sexy review Crav, short and to the point for a seemingly short EP. Have a pos vote.

Cravinov13
August 10th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. I honestly don't much about a Jewish harp. I know it's a harp (obviously), but I don't know what signifies it as being Jewish sound wise cause it's no diffrent from a normal harp really.

Unreal
August 10th 2007


229 Comments


good review, it was short, but to the point.
how does this compare to ulver's Kveldssanger?
pos'd

Cravinov13
August 10th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I added the band members to make the review look a bit longer. I'm not satisfied with
short reviews usually.

Ulver's Kveldssanger kicks the crap out of this, mainly because Ulver puts more to the
table composition wise.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2007


16482 Comments


Non-metal! Blasphemy!

Cravinov13
August 10th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HOW CAN I EVER LIVE WITH MYSELF!!???? *stabs heart*

robin2220
August 18th 2007


569 Comments


I have never heard of this band before. :/

Mendigo
February 3rd 2008


2299 Comments


Wow, I cannot thank you enough. After reading that review I've downloaded both the promo cd "... auf ewig Wald ..." and the full length album "Vergessene Pfade" - and I love both. maybe I'm soon gonna write reviews for both.
and a jew's harp doesn't have anything to do with a usual harp, check this out if you want: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew's_harp
it's great fun to play it by the way, though you don't get more than three notes out of it.



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