Apparently “Kreuzung” is a “Reutoff and friends” series. Now I am not a big fan of Reutoff, but I do like Der Blutharsch, so I decided to get one of the 700 special cardboard cover cds. The album is only half an hour one one of the two Der Blutharsch tracks is also on the recently released “Everything Is Alright“. Reutoff contributed some Der Blutharsch remixes which results in something like dark ambient, but also a very nice neofolk song. The result is not smashing, but not too bad either.
Links: Reutoff, Der Blutharsch
The five last albums (or so) were all the last release of Der Blutharsch, but new releases kept coming. “Everything Is Alright” is just like “Rest On Your Arms Reversed”, the last cd of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud, a cd with collected rare tracks from limited vinyls and compilations, so who knows. “Rest On Your Arms Reversed” is the best cd of TMLHBAC. The same is not the case for “Everything Is Alright” for Der Blutharsch, but I must say that this collection is very, very enjoyable. I have quite a few of the limited vinyls, so I already had several of the tracks presented here, but I seldom play 7″s, so it is nice to be able to play them easily now. “Everything Is Alright” goes from about “Time Is Thee Enemy” to the present day, so do not expect the martial industrial old style Der Blutharsch, but the catchy poprock side of later days. Many people may think that Der Blutharsch has “lost its magic” when it stepped away from the popular martial style, I must say that I play the later ‘rocky’ albums much more often than the older material and “Everything Is Alright” may not be a “best of” compilation, it is an album that listens easily and can be played even when you have visitors. A nice collection of poprock songs.
Link: Der Blutharsch/WKN
The last three or four Der Blutharsch albums all were the last. Yet again there is a new 7″ and a new cd has again been announced (“Everything Is Alright!” rare tracks and remixes). The 7″ is as expensive as a cd and has two (military) poprock songs. The Der Blutharsch track is the better, Sottofasciasemplice use Italian lyrics.
Links: Der Blutharsch, Sottofasciasemplice, WKN.
As mentioned in the review of the 7″ with the same name, this is again the last Der Blutharsch release. The 7″ proved a good indication for the cd. The music is still recognisable for Der Blutharsch, but different from earlier releases, also the later ones. The style has gone more into a poprock direction, but also with a more industrial sound than before. “The Philosopher’s Stone” is more tranquil than the last more rock-oriented cds and after a few listenings I might say, not as good either. The last cd certainly is a bad one, and there are some very nice songs and melodies here, but I have to admit that I hoped Herr Julius would leave the arena with a blow.
Links: Der Blutharsch / WKN
After a few times having quitted the project, Albin Julius again anounced a few last releases. Here we have a 7″ with the title of the upcoming cd (and cd+7″ box) with one track of the cd and of course one exclusive one. Der Blutharsch again managed to sound like Der Blutharsch, but different from before. As anounced, there are no more “martial” influences in the sound. The two tracks are rather soft experimental industrial rock or whatever you want to call it. In the line of the last material, but a bit different. The tracks are not bad, not great, but I find that Der Blutharsch’ music usually comes out better on an album where they are in line of the other tracks, so I have no fears that the next last release, will again be a nice one.
Links: Der Blutharsch / WKN
I was so fortunate to run into a copy of this 7″-compilation that will soon become (or already is) a collectors item. I believe it was sold out in notime, so this review is more informational than to urge you to obtain it.
I believe this compilation vinyl was released by Albin Julius of Der Blutharsch/WKN. Der Blutharsch is at least one of the bands on it and he contributed a nice, but rather ‘un Der Blutharsch’ sound, which is somewhat noisy. On the same side as Der Blutharsch we find Nový Svêt (actually this ^ above the e must be upside down), which is a Vienna based industrial act that I didn’t know yet. It seems that they have one cd out and a new one will be released later this year by mr. Julius on his Hau Ruck sublabel. This actually is the best track of the compilation. On the other side we find Allerseelen, with a strange and not too good track and the last band is Allgrena, also a band that I didn’t know, but their ambient track isn’t too good either.
A strange cover, a strange title, no information whatsoever in the package, so all in all mostly a product for collectors who have all the background information. Two new bands to keep an eye on though.
On friday 21 april I saw Der Blutharsch live in Antwerpen. This is supposedly the farewell tour. Der Blutharsch became a 5-man-band with a drummer (Bain Wolfkind), a guitar player, a bassist and mister and misses Blutharsch. They played mostly metal or rock versions of Der Blutharsch tracks. As usual, there is a limited (2000 copies) one-sided 7″ which can be bought ‘only’ during the tour. The track is a slow rocky song with a wah-wah guitar and singing. Nothing special really, but since I own most Der Blutharsch material and the band may cease to exist after the tour, a nice thing to have.
However much I enjoy the militant and bombastic sound of Der Blutharsch, it was about time for something new. So, Der Blutharsch became a quartet instead of a duo, attracted a couple of guest musicians and vocalists and left the ‘postindustrial’ sound for a more ‘rocky’ one. I have heard the cd a few times now and I think I don’t like the new style as much as the old, but like I said, I am glad that the new cd isn’t just another too typical Der Blutharsch album. Not that the sound changed drastically by the way. If you take the last few albums and listen to the minor progression, this new cd is a bigger step forward. Both electric and acoustic guitars have been added with which I am not always too happy with, but most of the tracks are still enjoyable. It seems that Bain Wolfkind (Novo Homo) has had some influence on the style, but essentially the sound is still Der Blutharsch, but more eh… poppy? (by lack of a better description.)
In a way there are a few tracktitles this time too. One track is obviously the title song, track 6 is a new version of “Frost Flowers” from the DIJ album “Take Care And Control” and the DVD has a videoclip of a track called “So Bring Your Iron Rain Down Upon Me” which is also on the cd. The clip -by the way- is nice, but not as funny as on “Time Is Thee Enemy!”.
Overall I would say that you may have to get used to the album and maybe you will hear the Der Blutharsch sound and like it, but maybe you may think it to be too different for your taste. As for me -like I said- I am glad about the progression, but time will tell if I am happy with the new sound. One thing is certain, there are a couple of great tracks on the album that I liked immediately. Minor points, the album is again very short and within these 45 minutes there is empty space for an awfull ‘ghost track’.
He, did I forget to review the ‘new’ Der Blutharsch that I got the same day as the cds below? And this just in the time of heavy discussion about the show Herr Julius is going to give in Leiden tomorrow (28/9/04) which will continue, but under protest.
Just like Blood Axis/LJDLP Der Blutharsch here rereleases hard-to-get material on a cd for a normal price. I had “The Moment…” on tape, the other material was new to me. The cd is only 35 minutes and the material is typical for the older and exclusive material: good and not too great tracks and a bit more experimental than the normal releases. If you didn’t have the 10”, mcd and 7” yet, this is a way to complete your Der Blutharsch discography a bit. An exclusive tune for this nicely packed cd is a 3” mcd with Gameboy-music-versions of some well-known Der Blutharsch tracks. Herr Julius is always in for a joke! <27/9/04><3>
Another one-sided picture 7″ that is only sold at concerts. I was in Waregem (Belgium) last saturday (1 may) in the same place where I bought the very first Der Blutharsch 12″ at a TMLHBAC concert 7 years ago. Not stuffed with people like earlier Der Blutharsch shows this time, but still enough audience in The Steeple. Novo Homo started the evening with a strange performance, Deutsch Nepal continued with a better version of the show that he wanted to give in Groningen a couple of weeks ago. Then Der Blutharsch entered the stage with four people, playing old tracks, news tracks and tracks that I didn’t know. I don’t believe that the song on this 7″ was one of them though. This 7″ has a rather folky, sung track and is quite enjoyable. No idea how you should get it, but I suggest just go to one of the shows or wait for it to appear on Ebay.