| April 4, 2008|
4 April 2008
| October 2007 to January 2008 at HOFA-Studios,
Medieval folk rock, Medieval metal
Echo Award for Best National Rock/Alternative Group
Mit Leib und Seele, Wie Pech & Schwefel, Traumtänzer, Sinnfonie, Von Spitzbuben und ande
Anderswelt is the sixth album released by the German Medieval folk rock band Schandmaul on April 4, 2008. It was recorded from October 2007 to January 2007 at Turnstyle Studio, Berlin, and the HOFA Studios in Karlsdorf and was produced by Thomas Heimann-Trosien. The album contains 14 tracks, including an instrumental, "Fiddlefolkpunk". Thematically, the album focusses on creatures of mythology like sirens ("Sirenen"), werewolves ("Wolfsmensch") and spirits (as in "Stunde des Lichts"). The track "Drei Lieder" (Three Songs) tells of a young bard who participates in a singers' competition to take revenge on the prince who once destroyed his native village and killed his only brother. "Die Königin" (The Queen) is about a bewitched woman who was once good-natured but has been turned into a dragon. The track "Anderswelt"(Other-world) deals with mysterious sightings of figures from the Other-world who were spotted near a Celtic shrine.
The album remained in the German Longplay Charts for fifteen weeks, peaking at #8, in the Austrian charts for 3 weeks, peaking at #43 and in the Swiss charts for 2 weeks, peaking at #44. The Austrian webzine Stormbringer lauded the album's diversity and balance and rated it five stars out of five. The German Sonic Seducer magazine wrote that the general tone of Anderswelt was more positive and brighter than that of Schandmaul's prior album Mit Leib und Seele.
All music composed by Schandmaul.Musicians
Matthias Richter – electric bass, double bass
Birgit Muggenthaler-Schmack – bagpipes, flutes, shawm, vocals
Stefan Brunner – drums, percussion, vocals
Anna Kränzlein – violin, viola, hurdy-gurdy, vocals
Martin Duckstein – electric guitar, classical guitar, vocals
Thomas Lindner – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Benni Cellini of Letzte Instanz appears as guest musician on cello on tracks "Krieger", "Königin", "Die Braut", "Augen auf!" and "Prinzessin".
Thomas Heiman-Trosien – mixing, mastering
Thomas von Kummant – titel and booklet illustrations
Volker Beushausen – photography
Thomas Bürgerle – artwork