I had the chance to review a personalized copy of their debut, Nordwind, which was received directly from the band. After that, for some obscure reasons, their label at the time, Trollzorn, stopped sending promos. As a strong defender of the German folk/black/pagan and Viking scene, it was a definite loss. However, happy was the man after finding out they were now on a new label, Ketzer Records and that I could finally hear them again.
I was not the least disappointed by Funkenfeuer. I found the band in better shape than ever and the songwriting only got more mature. They kept their own take on the pagan/Viking metal music. Slartibartfass has remained melodic, epic and they have that little special touch that gives them a certain progressive edge, once and a while. This music is down to earth still, just a bit different than their peers, for the good reasons. Slartibartfass can mix crunchy riffs, punchy percussions, deep rasps with epic keyboards, bagpipes, mouth harp, acoustic& classical guitars with no problems whatsoever. You'll hear quite a few great musical breaks too; another proof of their taste for harmonies.
No fillers or boring moments here, just a great and solid opus of paganism hailing from Germany.
1 – Schleiher der Verganggenheit
2 – Ein Ruf aus Fermen Zeiten
3 – Der Letze Winter
4 – Funkenfeuer
5 – Die Mär von der Schönen Lau
6 – Schwabenkinder
7 – Einst Träumte ich…
8 - …von Ungefühlten Nächten
9 – Stimme des Windes