Following their massive German chart entry at #1, the new FEUERSCHWANZ album, Memento Mori, has already landed its seventh consecutive week on the official German album charts. Today, the band has released a video for “Skaldenmet”, recorded during the livestream for the album release on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021. It is already the seventh video the German group has released from their successful album.
FEUERSCHWANZ on “Skaldenmet”:
“From our legendary album release livestream for Memento Mori – ‘Skaldenmet’ live from the Tavern! Join us and let Hauptmann Feuerschwanz take you into the epic world of Norse mythology over mead and firelight!”
FEUERSCHWANZ on the background of “Skaldenmet” in Norse mythology:
“After the war (Æsir– Vanir Var) between the two peoples of the gods, all the gods spat into a barrel to seal peace. From this saliva an extraordinarily wise being named Kvasir was born. This was murdered by the two black elves Fjallarr and Galarr and its blood was collected in one mighty and two small cauldrons. From the blood, with the addition of honey, they brewed a mead, through the consumption of which anyone could become a poet.
After that, the two dwarves killed the giant Gillingr and his wife, but were caught by the giant’s son, Suttungr, and could only save their lives by offering him the mead. Suttungr accepted the offer and kept the Skaldenmet in Mount Hnitbjörg, where his daughter Gunnlöð guarded it.
In order to get the Skaldenmet, Odin slipped into Mount Hnitbjörg in the form of a snake. After spending three nights with the giant daughter Gunnlöð, she gave him three sips of the mead in thanks. Thereupon Odin turned into an eagle and flew to Asgard. There he spewed the mead into the bowls of the Aesir…”
On Memento Mori, FEUERSCHWANZ finally make the step away from the simpler humor of earlier days, to one of the most important bands in German Folk-Rock!
With chanting violin playing, Memento Mori starts its heroic journey with its eponymous opener. The song turns out to be a melodic rock anthem with a well-known medieval character, a blazing guitar riff and life-affirming lyrics. On “Untot im Drachenboot”, the squad around Hauptmann Feuerschwanz sets off for new musical shores in a Viking ship full of undead warriors. “Rausch der Barberei”, on the other hand delivers a violent, raw voice and driving drumming that send its listeners into unbridled frenzy. On “Krampus”, FEUERSCHWANZ sing in a canon of vocals and instruments about the ancient legend of the demonic companion of St. Nicholas, who is dressed in fur and a horned mask. On the ballad “Das Herz eines Drachen” (The Heart of a Dragon), the medieval folk rockers show their sensible side. In a fire lit by burning guitar sounds and flute melodies, a warrior mourns his fallen father with his head held high. “Hannibal” on the other hand embarks on a raging battle of powerful choirs, swirling violin and guitar solos and driving drums, led by army commander Hannibal. The crowning finale of the almost 40-minute adventure is provided by “Skaldenmet” with its proudly advancing bass.
In trademark FEUERSCHWANZ style, Memento Mori is about great adventures, historic battles and outstanding heroic deeds. FEUERSCHWANZ manage to stay true to their trademarks and at the same time venture into new musical realms. Fans of the band can look forward to an extensive deluxe edition of the album, which extends the running time of Memento Mori by almost double! Two additional CDs feature instrumental versions of all eleven tracks as well as the cover CD Die Glorreichen Sieben (The Magnificent Seven), which includes seven epic reissues from Amon Amarth to Die Ärzte and The Weeknd.
FEUERSCHWANZ on the new album:
“You take nothing with you to your grave, except your coffin… Memento Mori is the direct successor to Die Letzte Schlacht! The world of Hauptmann Feuerschwanz is in flames, overrun by the living dead and scourged by religious zealots… All of this sounds frighteningly real, even in Anno Domini 2021, so it’s time to defy the storm once again and celebrate life. Let’s live here, let’s live now – until death sharpens his knife!”
Memento Mori out NOW
Festival Shows 2022:
20.05.22 DE – Bad Segeberg / Felsenburg Festival
03.06.22 DE – Dietenhofen / Bibertal Festival
10.06.22 DE – Kranichfeld / Sternenklang Festival
11.06.22 DE – Gelsenkirchen / Folkfield Fesrtival
24.06.22 DE – Dischingen / Rock am Härtsfeldsee
09.07.22 DE – Tuttlingen / Honbergsommer
23.07.22 DE – Bückeburg / MPS
04.08.22 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
05.08.22 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
07.08.22 DE – Hildesheim / M’era Luna Festival
12.08.22 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill
13.08.22 DE – Höchstadt a. d. Aisch / Schlosshof Festival
17.08.22 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze
19.08.22 CH – Vallamand / Rock The Lakes
20.08.22 CZ – Moravský Krumlov / Rock Castle
27.08.22 DE – Schleswig / Baltic Open Air
03.09.22 DE – Luhmühlen / MPS
Memento Mori Tour 2023
12.04.23 AT – Linz / Posthof
13.04.23 AT – Vienna / Szene
14.04.23 AT – Graz / Dom am Berg
15.04.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
20.04.23 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
21.04.23 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
22.04.23 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann
28.04.23 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
29.04.23 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
30.04.23 DE – Nuremberg / Löwensaal
05.05.23 DE – Leipzig / Felsenkeller
06.05.23 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
11.05.23 DE – Bremen / Aladin
12.05.23 DE – Hanover / Capitol
13.05.23 DE – Cologne / Carlswerk Victoria