The band Varus states, «A new dawn will reveal – how liberty will feel. We deliver Epic Symphonic Folk Metal, forged in Bamberg‘s fiery smithies!».
Eventually, the four minstrels of Varus found themselves together to forge a bond of orchestral epicness, uncompromising force, progressive song structures and melodious folk influences. Bound together, it‘s the consolidation of a heavy bass foundation, broad guitar arrangements, tribal drum rhythms, as well as acoustic instruments, like classical transverse flute, Irish Tin Whistle and mandolin. This unique musical style is completed with a wide range of guttural vocals and supplemented with sporadic clean chants.
The lyrics deal with legends and timeless subjects, such as liberty, Romanticism or the art of drinking. They‘re consciously kept bilingual – German and English. The title track A New Dawn,
Varus was formed in 2012 as a further development of the party-hearted minstrels of Banjaxed. Elements of folklore and the joy of celebration were retained, but the participants decided to concentrate on their own compositions and to leave the replay of already written works behind.
I who am an extremely historical interest person and not least fascinated by Roman history, Varus appeals to me. Both lyrical and musical indeed. The band name Varus refers to the historical Battle of the Teutoburg Forest or the leader of the Roman legions, who took his own life on the battlefield and thus functions as a symbol of the empire pushed back by the Germanic natural tribes.
Line-up: Konstantin Raab • Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Flutes, Stefan Schwarz • Guitars/Backing Vocals, Norbert Caspar • Bass and Max Betz • Drums.
Formed in the forges of Upper Franconia, VARUS is committed to a lengthy and all-round profound concept:The equally independent as well as epic and aesthetic fusion of classical music, traditional Folk and pithy Metal. The initial raw idea developed into a characteristic, dynamic Symphonic Folk Metalstyle that strikes an original balance between emotional, atmospheric, epic orchestrations and thunderous, dark guitar thunderstorms.
So the four minstrels came together to unite a bundle of orchestral epic, uncompromising hardness, sophisticated structures and melodic Folk influences. Next to trembling bass foundations, brute guitar walls and archaic drums, flute, tin whistle and mandolin also find their place.