No, you donít HAVE to be German to like the so-called Medieval rock or metal! Iím fairly intrigued by the sounds of In Extremo and Subway to Sally, and itís therefore quite natural to also like fellow Germans Saltatio Mortis, who play along the same lines as they massively popular colleagues.
Saltation Mortis have also been able to produce chart entries in their home country, and I can see why. ĎAus der Ascheí is rocking piece, with catchy tunes and that fascinating folkloristic element Ė pipes, shawms, harps, the works.
If you think that In Extremo and Subway to Sally are just bollocks, then you should stay away from this Ė because this is a combination of both bands, even to the point where you think that youíve heard the songs before from the before-mentioned bands, and thatís why I also have to conclude that Saltatio Mortis are not quite in the league of their countrymen Ė not yet anyway.
ĎAus der Ascheí is still worth a listen, though Ė by far.
P.S.: Why is that some German bands (read: In Extremo and Saltation Mortis) think that things get REALLY authentic when you sing in Swedish of all languages? I donít get, I just donítÖ