Sonne Hagal

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Sonne Hagal is a German experimental and neofolk group.

History[edit]

The band originates from Rathenow in Brandenburg where the core line-up was formed in 1992. The members were part of the local punk rock and experimental pop music scene. The early records from the 1990s were electronic music. A breakthrough came with the 10" album Sinnreger from 2000, where the band had adopted conventions from the dark wave and neofolk genres. The album includes the German folk song "Herbstlied", a poem by the expressionist poet Else Lasker-Schüler, and a track based on an agitation song by Rosa Luxemburg. The following releases deepened the band's interest in runes, Eddic poetry and nature lyricism, and saw collaborations with Andreas Ritter of Forseti and Kim Larsen of Of the Wand & the Moon. On the album Sonne Hagal vs. Polarzirkel the band collaborated with the electronic sound artists Polarzirkel and Nerthus to create atonal music with ritualistic elements. On the 2005 single "Dygel" they collaborated with Ian Read and Matt Howden.[1]

The members of the band have chosen to be anonymous. The name was chosen to reflect the thematic interest in runes and Northern European mysticism. Sonne is German for sun and hagal is one of the runes. According to the singer of the band, modern people can learn a lot from ancient religion and philosophy. He has stressed the advantages of polytheism, harmony with the laws of nature, the ability to find holiness in many places, the view of humans as part of nature, and how the runes can teach people about nondualism.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

Year Title Format, Special Notes
2000 Sinnreger 10"
2001 Starkadr 7"
2001 Sinister Practices In Bright Sunshine LP
2002 Helfahrt CD / LP
2002 Sonne Hagal vs. Polarzirkel 12"
2004 Tarja 7"
2005 Dygel 7"
2005 Nidar Mini-CD / 10"
2008 Jordansfrost CD / LP
2010 Läuthner 2a 7"
2014 Ockerwasser CD / LP

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Format, Special Notes
2002 Audacia Imperat! CD
2002 Tempus Arborum CD
2003 Audacia Imperat 2xCD
2003 Eisiges Licht CD
2003 The Bells Shall Sound Forever CD
2004 Ny Regret Du Passè, Ny Peur De L'Avenir... MP3
2005 Eichendorff - Liedersammlung CD
2005 Eisiges Licht 2 CD
2005 Looking For Europe 4xCD
2006 the impossibility of silence (black sun production) CD+CD-R ltd.
2006 Indaco ep (Albireon/ Ian Read) CD
2006 FORSETI lebt! CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreas Diesel, Dieter Gerten. Looking for Europe: Neofolk und Hintergründe. Index Verlag 2007. p. 227-229. ISBN 978-393687802-8
  2. ^ Sonne Hagal. Funprox.

External links[edit]

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