Wolf Prayer, a three-piece hailing from the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany are a band who seamlessly walk the fine line of hazy stoner, fuzz and prog rock with a sound that’s influenced as much by Kyuss, Nebula and Yawning Man as it is Pink Floyd.
As they gear up to release their sophomore album, Spell Of The Crimson Eye, on the 6th October through Barhill Records, today, The Shaman is elated to bring you the second single Oblivion with the trippy Jan Sprengard produced video.
About Oblivion the band says, ‘The song is about forgetfulness, more precisely the disease-related forgetfulness of Alzheimer’s dementia, an incurable disorder of the brain. Due to the death of nerve cells in the brain, affected people become increasingly forgetful, confused and disoriented. Familiar, simple activities such as drinking or eating can no longer be carried out.’
Delving deeper, the band adds, ‘Visual impressions and spatial relationships are no longer understood. There is a change in the mood and personality of the affected persons. They easily become upset when they are outside their familiar environment. If routines or developed rigid processes are interrupted, there is restlessness, anxiety or confusion. Reality changes into a strange illusion that is no longer believed or trusted.’
And conclude with, ‘Gradually, the long-term memory also suffers, so that loved ones, family members and friends are no longer recognised and are treated or perceived with a distrustful distance. There is hardly anything left of the former beloved personality. Due to the degradation of cognitive abilities, the loss of personality and the degradation of the physical, bodily condition, one can only watch helplessly the decay and the associated dwindling of the life forces of the loved one. Wolf Prayer have packed all this into Oblivion.’
Now click play below to be entranced by Wolf Prayer and the track Oblivion…
More On Wolf Prayer & ‘Spell Of The Crimson Eye’
Spell Of The Crimson Eye, the second album by stoner/fuzz rockers Wolf Prayer, slowly but conscientiously makes its way into the ears and hearts of its listeners. Those who take the time in the stress of everyday life to listen to the album in peace and quiet, ideally several times, will notice how the songs grow and flourish.
On Spell Of The Crimson Eye, Wolf Prayer deal with a wide variety of topics in seven songs: the longing for a new love (Desire), the loss of personality of a loved one due to oblivion caused by illness (Oblivion), the mindless following and carrying out of socially ‘respected, correct’ teachings and losing oneself in an everyday routine (Doctrine), the eternal game between good and evil (Cards Of Evil), a homage to the moon, the moon landings of NASA’s Apollo programme between 1969 and 1972 and space travel (Luna) and the inner urge that results in a conscious personality change that one accepts and thereby wrongs loved ones (The Devil Told Me So).
The starting point for the album was ‘homemade demo recordings’ during the turn of the year 2020/2021. When the Corona loosening’s allowed meetings, the original four songs were rehearsed and expanded. While rehearsing, three more songs were created in the classical way. Between October 2021 and June 2022, the songs were recorded in individual sessions at Love Station Studios in Bierbach and produced by Christian Hack, the silent fourth band member. Christian Schmid then mixed the album in close collaboration with Jan Sprengard in his Vienna studio. As of February 2023, Spell Of The Crimson Eye – like the debut album Echoes Of The Second Sun – was mastered by Sidney Claire Meyer at Emil Berliner Studios.
Wolf Prayer see Spell Of The Crimson Eye as a further refinement of their style, a mixture of atmospheric fuzz, desert, stoner and heavy rock, which had its origins on Echoes Of The Second Sun. This time it was important for them to capture the ‘power, consistency and force’ of their live set. Not least due to the long recording phase with producer Christian Hack, the understanding and ear of Christian Schmid, who was able to wonderfully empathise with the sound they were looking for, and the mastering by Sidney Claire Meyer in the internationally renowned Emil Berliner Studios, an optimal, powerful symbiosis of live and studio sound was achieved.
Since the release of their debut, Wolf Prayer have completed several small tours with genre-similar bands such as Elara Sun Streak Band, Kosmodrom or Have Blue and played as support for Motorowl and J. Mascis’ band Witch.
Spell Of The Crimson Eye Tracklist:
01. Interludium Nebulae
05. Cards of Evil
07. The Devil Told Me So
Wolf Prayer is:
Jan Sprengard – Vocals, Guitar
Tim Hansen – Bass
Matthias Schorr – Drums
Christian Hack – Organ, Synthesizer, Vocals
Spell Of The Crimson Eye, the new stoner, fuzz and prog rock album from Germany’s Wolf Prayer, releases 6th October through Barhill Records on vinyl, compact disc and digital download with pre-orders available now over on the labels webstore.