, who were founded in 2004 as a dark ambient band, have succeeded in cultivating their own unique style via a series of ambitious concept albums and live appearances. They describe this style as 'ritual folk': their highly original fusion of percussive world music elements with ethereal female vocals and earthy folk songs conjures up the spirits of
. Sounds of enraptured beauty come up against dark ecstacies and pessimistic visions. 'Horns of Joy' is dedicated to the nihilistic tendencies of the early 20th century - and their necessary overcoming.
'Horns of Joy' follows their successful last album, 'Tales of Transgression & Sacrifice' (2007) and the neoclassical symbiosis with French collaborators Dawn & Dusk Entwinded
upon 'Sang Graal' (2008) and denotes a new chapter, a next stage in the development of :Golgatha:
. 'Horns of Joy' is serious and mature, ambivalent and profound and amounts to more than just aestheticised gloom.
After early creative collaborations with Sixth Comm
, Tony Wakeford
, for 'Horns of Joy' they got the vocalists from Dawn & Dusk Entwinded
and While Angels Watch
on board and have created inimitable hymns about the great calamities of the 20th century: 'This is the sound of war - what has it all been good for?' Trancelike rhythms slowly build up, making way for songs of guilt and pain, but also of hope and joy.
With 'Horns of Joy', :Golgatha:
have exceeded the sum of their work to date and have developed their distinct ritual folk sound in crystalline clarity over a cycle of 13 elaborate songs. In a captivating manner they demonstrate their special position in the landscape of European alternative music.