The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

by engelsstaub

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“Soundtrack elements have always played an important role in our compositions. With this new, unique project we deepen this.”

The idea: A 10″ with 4 songs as a unique soundtrack project. 4 songs with normal playback time is the optimal total duration for a 10″. Thus, the basis was laid for the project; it was about the number 4 … From the available opportunities they opted for “the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse”. But while working on the project, the running time was exceeded for the 10″ format, turning it now into a mini-album on CD.

The basic structure of the songs include for ENGELSSTAUB typical instrumentation such as guitars, heavy drums and classical instruments. But the musical melting pot of the Apocalypse also includes a classical choir, a children’s choir, more drones and noises and modified field recordings that accompany the listener from the beginning of the Apocalypse to its end and the resurrection. Thus, the listener opens up a musical span of Neofolk, Neoclassical on Ambient to Ritual.
Impressive is also the throat singing (Khoomei) in ‘Famine’.
Each rider is announced by the recitation (in Polish language) of the corresponding passages of the Bible.
So: “Come and see” or this time: “Come and hear”.

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released April 30, 2015

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engelsstaub Kassel, Germany

Engelsstaub – The band formed in 1992.

Engelsstaub's music leans toward the ethereal/neo-medieval end of the gothic spectrum

Members:
- Silke Hofmann - vocals
- Janusz Zaremba - guitars/vocals
- Mark Hofmann - programming/guitars/vocals
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Track Name: The First Seal - Victory
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.
Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder,
„Come and see!“
I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Track Name: The Second Seal - War
When the Lamb opened the second seal,
I heard the second living creature say,
„Come and see!“
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.
To him was given a large sword.
Track Name: The Third Seal - Famine
When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying,
“Come and see!”
I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
And I heard something like a voice in the centre of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
Track Name: The Fourth Seal - Death
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see!”
I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him.
Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Track Name: The Awakening
Every end has a start