Wachenfeldt was founded by Thomas von Wachenfeldt and his former drum teacher Jon Skäre around 2012. Thomas violin student Martin Björklund joined in short thereafter on lead guitar.
Wachenfeldt released their debut EP "Colophon" in 2013 on Sliptrick Records. The songs where recorded at Bowstead Studios, Gränsfors and Fear & Loathing Studios in Stockholm. Colophon where mixed and mastered by Ola Lindgren (Grave) at Studio Soulless, Stockholm and received great reviews.
The follow-up "The Interpreter" have been delayed when the members have been involved in a variety of projects. The singer and bassist Thomas von Wachenfeldt as arranger and bass player in Entombed’s symphonic projects with Gävle and Malmö symphony orchestras, where the latter where released as DVD and CD. Thomas has also participated in Wombbath's "Downfall Rising" as vocalist/lyricist and is now playing guitar in the band. The drummer Jon Skäre has participated in, amongst others, Ost+Front, Defiatory, Maskinisten and Skineater and Martin Björklund has been touring with, amongst others, Månegarm and Mercury X.
The Interpreter where also recorded at Bowstead Studios and Fear & Loathing Studios and was mixed by Tommy Rehn (Angtoria, Corroded, The Kristet Utseende i.a.). The album is released on Threeman Recordings and contain 11 songs where three of them ("Colophon", "Hymn to Lucifer" and "Litany to Satan") were also featured on the Colophon, but now in new versions.
The music is, as previously, situated between death, thrash and black metal with elements of classical and folk music.
Words from the press about The Interpreter:
“The Interpreter will end high on my year list, that's for sure.” (90/100)
”The album begins with a short Rob Zombie intro. Seductively, you are led deeper and deeper into an intricate tunnel system where you are stuck during the rest of the album. It is simply very groovy.” (7/10)
- Close-Up Magazine
"The instrumental performances and songwriting are outstanding, but there’s a sense of atmosphere that pervades the whole record that makes it stand out from the death metal pack."
- Heavy Blog is heavy
"The evil is always present, sometimes in full smashing action, sometimes with a deceptive calm, but always ready to strike again with merciless harshness."
"Monumental Blackened Death Metal" (8/10)
- Sweden Rock Magazine
"This is hands down one of the best albums I’ve heard in years" (9/10)
"A malevolent ferocious monster of an album" (8/10)
The follow-up record "Faustian Reawakening" was released in May 2022. As the previous record, the album was mixed and mastered at Bowstead Studios by Thomas von Wachenfeldt. The album also featuring the new guitarist Daniel Jakobsson, who also have contributed with both music and lyrics.
The album is an organic continuation of the progressiveness, rawness and dark elegance that characterized the highly praised album "The Interpreter", but where these parts have been further developed and strengthened. Intricate polyphony is interspersed with traditional Nordic folk music and majestic symphonic elements – all embedded in a violent blackened death metal.
During the recording of "Faustian Reawakening", some of the group's favorite songs by AC/DC, Metallica, Sepultura, Morbid Angel and Deicide were also recorded.
THOMAS VON WACHENFELDT
Vocals, Bass, Rythm Guitar, Strings and Programming
Lead and Rythm guitars