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Titel / Title Aurum 
Label Universal Music Polska 
Web www.closterkeller.pl
Total run time
76:40 min. 

Closterkeller – who could be called in Poland to be one of the most known bands of the gothic scene – integrated in their past and in their productions different influences in an experimental way. But this new work bases rather on their own spectra of sound which is atmospheric rocking. No obeisance to the newest musical development. What for development? Everything already did happen – simplifying 70th rock, 80th wave, 90th grunge and out of this children like the large metal-family or the followers of electro. Probably it’s possible still to discover somewhere new musical horizons, but Closterkeller chose another way, the traditional way to follow own experience. This is not and it shall not be avant-garde or provocation or expression of wrath. This is entertainment on a high level in the area of dark, spherical rock with wide walls of electric guitars on soft, surrounding carpets of keyboards and with the all leading voice of the extraordinary singer Anja Orthodox.

Some parts, even many on the new album “Aurum” remind of former music of the band and reflect already known harmonies and compositions; but obviously the sound got reduced, all what didn’t belong to the Closterkeller image got eliminated to achieve a kind of essence which show the substance of Anja Orthodox and her band. Because of this the album became very constant: no bursting highlights, but no weak points, too; and because of this no surprise for the fans of Closterkeller, no real advancement or progression. No regression, rather a recollection and reversion to own roots. This might be too less for some fans, who expect always exceptional efforts of Anja and more musical excitement. But who doesn’t know Closterkeller would meet a real outstanding, great release which superbly leads into the music of this band.

No music for the clubs to dance, so to speak not for the legs, but also not for the brain – that’s driving music for the body and the heart. No “modern” music, but rather nostalgic in old style with beautiful guitar-solos; gloomy poetry of rock. If there should be a must to build up parallels, this music gets close to Anathema with a spoonful of old Pink Floyd. Aurum means gold, consistent and precious through the times. May be the next album will be named “diamond” – in this case it should sparkle, polished and sharp; not poured inside of known forms…

Anja Orthodox – voice, lyrics
Michal Rollinger – keyboards
Krzysztof Najman – bass
Mariusz Kumala – guitars
Janusz Jastrzebowski - drums

1. Ogród półcieni
2. Złoty
3. Nocarz
4. Vendetta
5. Na nic to
6. 12 dni
7. Deja vu
8. Nie tylko gra
9. Między piekłem a niebem
10. I skończona bajka
11. Matka
12. Dwie połowy
13. Królewna z czekolady

Andreas Torneberg

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