BLUTHARSCH: TIME IS THEE ENEMY!
CD: WKN 20 
Albin Julius' latest offering stands as another sepulchre among the veritable
antiquity store that is Der Blutharsch and while it may not be the rarest
of pieces it is one of the best. For those not aware, Der Blutharsch rose
from the ashes of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud and opinions of
early and recent work of the new incumbent diverge to extremes. Politics
aside, Der Blutharsch's music defines itself rather than being pigeon-holed
to dark ambient, neo-classical, or post-industrial or whatever two or
three letter acronyms defining dark music you can think of and, as if
to further the distance from nomenclature, no titles are given to tracks.
Timpani set the martial tone for the album launching into an anthem over
which Julius' growls the album's moniker. Unlike the early works of Der
Blutharsch the tracks here are developed and structurally performed, veins
of folk bleed among the samples calling to mind frayed memory of The Moon
Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud. Drifts of low-fi ambience and clustered deep-bellied
drums continue Der Blutharsch's sound yet the disc takes advantage of
a full stereo setup, confusing said moments with lush foliage of guitar
melody, organs, violins and metallic bells. Solemn are the marches that
stamp their way across the resonant landscape, riddled as it is with the
bodies of the fallen, never pausing but determinedly driving.
Clocking in at 35 minutes the album does well to give the illusion of
otherwise through the notable use of melody/lyrical performance per song.
Varying slightly from the vinyl release the CD contains a video track
not previously available. It's a dark little foray recognized from its
mantra "In the hands of the master" from the track on the CD.
It is not some throw away live-performance-shot-with-handy-cam but a full-fledged
video. The CD version of the vinyl album released one year before is presented
as a leather-quality like digipak.
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