As their name suggests, Tanzwut is not an English speaking band. In fact, they’re German (Tanzwut translates to dance-rage). Schattenreiter (Shadow Rider) is their latest album, released in 2006. Their sound is a mix of Neue Deutsche Härte (new German hardness) and medieval metal. The thing that stands out most about Tanzwut’s sound is their use of bagpipes.
Schattenreiter is a very heavy album, while still having a melodic quality through the use of synthesizers and bagpipes. The general feel of the album is that of dance and techno music, but it is far from synthetic. Schattenreiter makes a great soundtrack for racing games as well, because a majority of the songs are fast-paced & ‘jumpy’.
My favorite song is Toccata, which is a cover of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor in their musical style. A church organ provides the timeless melody while distorted guitars shred in the background. The vocals in this track sound very hymn-like during the verses and a chanting chorus completes the overall mood of the song.
So if you’re a bagpipe-enthusiast looking for some heavy music and you’re not bothered by the language barrier (unless you sprechen sie Deutsch), this album might be worth checking out.