German fuzz rock trio Wolf Prayer stream their third full-length album, »Spell Of The Crimson Eye«, which was just released on October 6th, 2023 via Barhill Records.
01. Interludium Nebulae
05. Cards Of Evil
07. The Devil Told Me So
Courtesy of All Noir PR:
»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«).
Photo by Kevin Sutter
The starting point for the album was “homemade demo recordings” during the turn of the year 2020/2021. When the Corona loosenings 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.
The album order available here:
Wolf Prayer is:
Jan Sprengard – Vocals, Guitar
Tim Hansen – Bass
Matthias Schorr – Drums
Christian Hack – Organ, Synthesizer, Vocals
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