Die Wahre Mutter Gottes

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This release finds the Merlons without singer Antje for the first time. Her absence notwithstanding, this group again has undergone a noticeable transformation. In addition to the stylistic meddling, this group has again changed their name, this time to Merlons Lichter, in reference to their collective spiritual revelation in which their presumptuous theory of the inextricable link between religion and nature (Mother Earth) was realized. Die Wahre Mutter Gottes (or the True Mother of God) explores this supposition. For a band that claims to have finally seen the light (or "Lichter"), their music contains a strong misanthropic vibe. Combining the drone of their previous Trance with the harder-rocking edge that surfaced on Sinn-Licht, this album boasts a dark undercurrent. That coupled with their Baroque and gothic affinities makes this recording difficult to pigeonhole. Art rock and progressive alternative may describe the Merlons' music in a broad sense, but the quirks and odd turns they take set them apart from most groups sharing the general category. Merlons have never been hesitant to create new sounds with unconventional instruments like hurdy-gurdy, bombard, and a variety of percussives, and on this album they don't disappoint.

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