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Of The Wand and The Moon - Midnight Will

Of The Wand and The Moon - Hail Hail Hail

.jpg" width=200 height=198 border=2 align="right"> The first offerings from Heiðrunar Myrkrunar the label set-up by Of The Wand and the Moon include a reissue of Midnight Will and a limited 7-inch.

Midnight Will is a revised re-release of a long out-of-print 10-inch originally issued on Eis+Licht. The title track is clearly influenced by the works of Death In June where acoustic guitars, are mixed with mournful keyboards and chimes. Kim Larsen's vocals echo the pensive delivery of Douglas P., and the lyrics that touch upon honour and will ensure this is a true homage to Death In June. The other tracks don't stray too far from a well trodden path. 'Brace Your Self' is a whispered atmospheric re-reading of 'Midnight Will' performed on a church organ with spartan percussion. The ringing acoustic guitars and spirited delivery of 'Winter Veil' and the reverberating guitars of 'A Dirge' are evidence that Of The Wand and the Moon can stand above others in the genre. They are so heavily influenced by Death In June circa Rose Clouds of Holocaust that all originality is lost, and when compared to Death In June what are you really going to choose... In fairness this is an archive release and how representative this is of Of The Wand and the Moon now, we'll need to wait for Sonnenheim before we pass judgement. Live recordings of 'Midnight Will' and (an unlisted version of) 'Winter Veil' from the Hau Ruck festival complete the EP.

On the limited 7-inch Hail Hail Hail Of The Wand and the Moon pay respects to the runes. The title track wrapped in atmospheric keyboards and drenched in chimes is a taster of their forthcoming Sonnenheim album. It's a slight departure from the confines of their typical neo-folk sound with the voice of Kim Larsen whispered and layered. The textured approach continues on the flip where assisted by members of Forseti and Sonne Hagal they turn their attention to 'Benediction/Malediction'. As many, of course, will know this song bookended Current 93's seminal Swastikas for Noddy, where it was sung by their associate Ian Read (of Fire + Ice). Where the Current version accentuated the folk aspects, here the collaborators create an altogether more sinister reading where massed whispered voices intone the curses and blessings over ominous keyboard drone. The 7-inch is on white vinyl with gold embossed packaging. An ultra-limited edition of 66 copies features additional artwork by Danish artist Mikkel Soll. Hail Hail Hail is released on Heiðrunar Myrkrunar via Tesco Distribution. For more information go to www.ofthewandandthemoon.dk or either of the Tesco Distribution outlets www.tesco-distro.com or www.tesco-germany.com