“ Artist: Vágtázó Csodaszarvas / Genre: Folk / Label: Fono Music / Release Date: 2009 „
In the folk music industry, you can't simply call yourselves "The Viruses", this Hungarian name instead translates to "Galloping Wonder Stag", describing itself as an album based on the origins of the majority of modern European folk music hailing from the Central Asian steppes and China.
If you've read a lot of my reviews, you'll have discovered that I'm not overly fond on Hungarian artists, they are hit and miss in my books and this is very much a miss. The chanting vocals are tireless and whilst the sounds are unfamiliar, they are not unfamiliar in a pleasant way - there is a reason for the unfamiliarity, vocally it sounds like a Japanese football fan having a seizure.
This pretentious attempt at finding the root of Eurasian folk music is likely to draw attention because it's different but this band need to take a leaf out of the "more is less" book as it's far too intense and noisy - what my mum might describe as "a bloody row", if you like bagpipe music this may appeal to you a little more but be warned that it's intense and when included with basic militant like drumming and the nauseating vocals, I'm sure you'll be looking to switch it off.
01. Napkapu- Sungate
02. Hunok Csatája - Battle Of Huns
03. Enek A Csillagokig - Song To Reach For The Stars
04. Tengertánc - Dance Of The Sea
05. Egi Aramlas - Heavenly Flow
06. Mamoros Eji Vagtazas - Ecstatic Galloping At Night
07. Emlek - Memory Of An Other Life
08. Emberelet - Human Life