into the HauRuck!SPQR fold, The Green Man, is another Italian neo-folk
group that will undoubtedly add more glamour to its verdant fold of artists.
This CD, while distributed by HauRuck! is an entirely self-produced release,
though the 10” green vinyl "Irem" is due for release shortly.
"From Irem to Summerisle" glistens an attention to quality and
audio fidelity that many signed acts can barely broach, proficiently mixed
and mastered, the album, while short, is worth its weight in gold. The
songs wield pagan sword through middle-eastern sinuosity; saltant rhythms
elude comfortable familiarity fluted with pristine samples, flutes weave
snake-like strands of melodic maqam. The percussive elements are decidedly
organic, varied in timbre and dynamics serving the music far more than
an untalented and repetitive beat. The vocals monologue pagan virtues
and poem, a strong voice that calls to mind the weird ramblings of a Coil
or Bauhaus’ sermon, and at times break into harmonic voice bedded
on familiar flamenco-esque guitar and industrial slats. For all its neo-folk
trappings, the album has almost industrial backbone, definitively dark
and furrowed. Yet again, another potent potentate under the HauRuck! banner.
Full colour jewelcase disc with a four page booklet, interior art featuring
pagan imagery and some of the lyrics.